Bias is clear


May 20, 2013

Dear Sir,

The Opposition Leader’s accusation of an OBA bias to this newspaper’s reporting seems to hit a nerve with your CEO in particular. Rather than admonish Mr Bean, your Mr Howes should perhaps read the paper he publishes. He might then see what some of us see which clearly supports the Opposition Leader’s contention.

1. First-quarter tourism states showing a downward trend reported on page 21; where they’ve never been in 14 years.

2. Moody’s Ratings downgrade reported on page 27; where they’ve never been in 14 years.

3. Where there is no report, critical or otherwise of the Premier’s move into Clifton.

4. Where the failure to keep the promise to finish the dock for the Breakaway gets a throwaway mention on page 6.

5. Where a private citizen’s planning application warrants a picture and a full story — she happens to be the widow of L Frederick Wade.

6. Where no context is provided in any reporting that supports the designation of Dockyard as the major cruise hub and the recommendation that St George’s be a mega-yacht port. Both seem to have happened by magic.

7. Where a Minister of Tourism’s marketing trip to the UK is labelled a “success” before one visitor boards British Airways for Bermuda as a result.

Even your selection of those letters to print is suspect. In this fevered climate of political interest, how do the same pro-OBA hacks get into print daily in this section and in one case two letters from one such individual on one day. Adding insult to injury, it is bad enough to be subjected to your bloggers’ venom and ignorance online; must it now be repeated in print?

Sir, the examples are plenty. Your CEO either can’t or won’t see it. Carry on Mr Leader, the people know and we expect you to hold every organ of this Government accountable. As uncomfortable as it may make Mr Howes and the board, the evidence of bias is clear; deliberate or not.

A S SIMONS

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Published Jun 3, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated Jun 2, 2013 at 9:41 pm)

Bias is clear

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