THE EDITOR, Sir:
On Monday, CVM's Darien Henry read a story about Andrew Holness stepping aside to let the People's National Party (PNP) attack Audley Shaw. This story created a small ruckus in the current Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leadership campaign, with Team Shaw accusing Holness of being disloyal and not fit to be leader.
After a few days when the full clip was made available, it came to light that Mr Holness said no such thing and that it was the editorialising of his statement that gave such an impression.
Why would a journalist be so disingenuous with the facts in cutting just one section of a statement to make a sensational story?
This story, if it had gone unchallenged, would have done irreparable damage to Mr Holness and his campaign. I don't want to believe that that was the intention of the reporter, but I believe an apology from CVM should be made to Mr Holness, as when you compared the full video with that of the story, it is clear that the story was poorly written and misleading.
This story, in my mind, brings to the fore the need for a media oversight authority. What does a regular citizen do when he/she feels that wronged by the media?
CVM owes Andrew Holness an apology.