Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Letter: Was that really news or mischief?

The Editor,
Trinidad Express Newspapers.

Dear Editor,

I read your Asha Javeed’s article captioned “AG: No Rolls Royce for me” in last Sunday’s newspaper and I am still trying to ascertain where is the news in this story.

Your reporter claims that some website recently sparked rumours that Attorney General Anand Ramlogan had purchased a Rolls Royce luxury vehicle. She also alluded to having seen a picture of a pearl white Rolls Royce Ghost registered PCY 118.

But here is where the journalist became a tabloid sensation writer.

The reporter acknowledges that the PCY 118 Rolls Royce, estimated to cost about TT$3.5 million is registered to D. Rampersad and Company Ltd and is owned by Nirmal Rampersad. Your writer did verify that Rampersad owns this vehicle, and Rampersad has owned several Rolls Royce cars for the last thirty years.

There was no story here. But the Express has once again, been very disingenuous by attempting to tie the AG to the purchase of a $3.5M car, and further has the AG confirming his assets, which has been done on many occasions, assets that he accumulated before entering public life.

In July 2012, your newspaper attempted to politicize and skew the event of the purchase of a new vehicle by the Honorable Prime Minister with her own money. It is manifestly clear that the objective of this publication is to create in the minds of the readers some semblance of wrong doing, in July 2012 on the part of the Prime Minister and now on the part of the Attorney General when in fact there is none.

With so much happening in the country, there is no excuse for this story to be on the pages of a national newspaper.

The Express continues to use its pages to conduct an unfair and sustained attack on the PPG in breach of good journalistic principles and ethics. What is happening at the Express seems to be a trend in journalism that former New York Times Chief of Staff John Swainton spoke about at his retirement party, “The business of a journalist now is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, fall at the feet of Mammon and sell himself for his daily bread".

Once again, the reporting by the Express continues to be slanted to create a controversy to make the public question the integrity of the Government when there is in fact nothing to question. This is what makes this article and reporting so distasteful.

Capil Bissoon

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