“Professional” News Media Has A History Of Lies And Manipulation
Once again critics of blogging like Mia Mottley and Ezra Alleyne are reminded that the so-called “professional media” often distorts, lies and manipulates the news to suit corporate, political, religious and individual agendas.
That is reality, folks. Reporters and editors are people like all the rest of us – and sometimes people forget their duty to the truth and to the public. So we end up with media corporations like Reuters News publishing hundreds of faked news photos. We have supposedly-ethical television journalists like Dan Rather who knowingly published forged documents in support of a story even though experts informed Rather that the documents were fakes before his story went to air. Not to mention that both the New York Times and the L.A. Times have been caught publishing fake news stories.
Barbados News Media Can’t Be Trusted Either!
Closer to home in Barbados, we have reporters and editors at The Nation News ignoring important stories like Ronja Juman and how a Barbados Government Minister built a house on land that he expropriated! We have a radio station vowing to never again ask how a Government Minister became a millionaire in a short time on his government salary.
In Barbados we have cowardly news media that still won’t mention the story of how a flyover contractor admitted to paying huge bribes on other government projects. The Barbados news media wouldn’t print the original story for weeks until they were shamed into it by citizen bloggers like BFP and Barbados Underground.
We also have our famous “disappearing Barbados news stories” where the cowardly and corrupt news media simply never mention a major story again and even remove news stories from their archives to make it like it never even happened.
At least with the blogs we now have a chance to hold the news media accountable and to expose their wrong-doing… the same as our readers do with us when they disagree with something we’ve said or find any errors.
Disgusting Deceit By Fox News Television
The latest proof that the public needs to look at “professional news media” with a questioning mind comes from Fox News Television – who aired a supposedly “fair and balanced” story on two New York Times journalists and altered their photos to lower their images in the eyes of the viewers. Fox News used software like PhotoShop to alter the facial features of the two including yellowing their teeth and making their ears stick out. Noses and foreheads were enlarged and dark circles were placed under their eyes.
Will Fox News admit to the deceit and publish an apology?
There is as much chance of Fox News apologising as there is of the Nation News apologising for covering up the Ronja Juman story or confirming if they hired a plagiarist to be their newest columnist. And don’t expect the Nation News to publish a story questioning what Owen Arthur did with that $75,000 “campaign donation” cheque he corruptly deposited into his personal bank account.
The next time that someone says that blogs aren’t reliable like the “professional” news media is…
Let your friends know that each of us must look with an inquisitive mind at everything that is presented everywhere – but at least on the blogs an individual has a chance to set the record straight and present contrary facts and opinions.
Further reading – click on the photos and various links within our story.