Furbert calls letter to the editor ‘irresponsible’
Government Senator LaVerne Furbert threatened legal action against The Royal Gazette for what she described as an “irresponsible” decision to publish a letter to the editor.The Royal Gazette's editor, Bill Zuill, to complain.
The letter, entitled “Senator's divisive thinking” ran in yesterday's edition.
The writer, Pat Ferguson, attributed to Sen Furbert a comment about white people that she alleged was uttered on a radio show.
Ms Ferguson described the comment as “very inciting and unbelievable”.
Addressing yesterday's Motion to Adjourn in the Senate, Sen Furbert said she took “extreme exception” to the letter, and had called
“When my family gets together at Christmas there are white people at the table, who happen to be relatives of mine,” she protested, saying that made the alleged comment attributed to her “disturbing”.
She added: “What's even more disturbing is that the editor would print something that a writer said she heard on a talk show. It's totally irresponsible.”
Sen Furbert said the issue highlighted the need for the independent media council that has recently been set up.
“Obviously the media still needs help and I certainly will be seeking legal redress to this. I just think it's very irresponsible,” she added.