Media flogging a dead horse?
The Editor, Sir:
I cannot help but notice that the news media and the People's National Party (PNP) have teamed up and are having a field day in respect of the 'Dudus' and the Manatt, Phelps and Phillips affairs. It is as if there is no other news good enough to make the headlines anymore.
Is it hoped that this matter will rival the 'Trafigura Scandal' or even surpass it? I don't think it will, and I will endeavour to say why. In the Trafigura scandal, cheques were drawn on the account of the company which was doing legal business with the Government of Jamaica and were made payable to the campaign account of the constituencies of a minister of the same Government. The records also showed that cheques were drawn from his campaign account, transferring funds to other constituency campaign accounts.
So far, from what we have seen in this recent case, no contract was signed by any government ministry with Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. No cheques have been drawn on any ministry of government account to that United States firm. No contract was signed by any government ministry with attorney-at-law Harold Brady to act on behalf of the Government of Jamaica.
Therefore, we should conclude that the fact that no funds came from taxpayers' accounts managed on our behalf by the Government, then this matter should not concern us, as taxpayers, and was purely differentiated as a party matter. Are you guys then flogging a dead horse?
To the news media, the terms and adjectives being used daily in introducing this monotonous story to give it a dramatic flavour are now boring. Definitely too much attention is being wasted on this issue, under the guise of being 'news'. Do not let yourselves be viewed as mouthpieces for the PNP opposition! They already have enough.
I am, etc.,