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Why the personal attack?

Published:Saturday | December 13, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Easton Douglas, National Housing Trust chairman.-File photos
Lennie Little-White-File photos

THE EDITOR, Sir:Several decades ago, I grew up seeing The Gleaner as my second Bible where I could find truth and fair comment. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case, and justifies the need for alternative media to balance the blatant bias of The Gleaner.

The 'cass-cass' about the National Housing Trust's (NHT) acquisition of the Orange Grove property from a limited-liability company has been reduced to a personal attack on its principal shareholder. It is quite evident that The Gleaner's editorial and principal writers are waging a vendetta against the character and business acumen of one person instead of the corporate body that did no wrong.

Now that it has been confirmed in Parliament that almost $2 billion was written off by the Development Bank of Jamaica Ltd (DBJ) in its investment in the Ritz-Carlton hotel, will The Gleaner launch a personal attack on the original majority shareholder who built the hotel? Was a personal guarantee given by the said director and did the DBJ draw down on this? If not, why not?

In a recent letter to the editor from Peter-John Gordon, he alluded to the Little-White "black man write-off" as being in reference to the DBJ preference shares and not to the NHT transaction. However, The Gleaner twisted it - perhaps to sell more papers.

It begs the question as to why this vendetta on the person. I am waiting to see if names are called relative to the $2-billion Ritz-Carlton write-off. I guess that is a horse of a different colour.


Duncans, Trelawny