Wednesday, 21 July 2010
There was a time when what I read in the JEP (online) would infuriate me, disgust me and bewilder me and I felt compelled to write to them expressing this. they would never publish what I wrote. And being the humble man that I am, and with hindsight I can see now that some of it, but by no means all, might have been OTT and not fit for publication.
As is often the case I have a friend who scans and e-mails me the “odd” “editorial” or anything my friend thinks would be of interest to me, today being one of those “odd” editorials. At time of writing this Blog it is not on their online edition.
I could spend hours here dissecting today’s JEP editorial, but the JEP is, in my opinion, becoming a bit of a laughing stock and instead of being infuriated, disgusted and bewildered I now feel sadness for them. I am sad because I believe we are starting to see the beginning of the end of the JEP and there are no doubt some good people that work there and will be losing their jobs because of the actions of a few of the top tier.
When a new "challenging" concept turns up, in this case Blogging, it goes through three stages with our “powers that be”. The first stage is “denial” they try to ignore it in the hope that it will go away. We have clearly passed that stage, there is barely a day goes by where Blogging isn’t mentioned in the States, in the Mainstream Media and on the streets.
Stage two is to “attack it”. This is the stage we/they are at now. They can no longer ignore Bloggers, they can no longer deny their existence so they are trying to fight us. “They” being the JEP and the majority of our government. I am pleased to say, other “accredited” media on the island have commenced stage three, which is to engage, but not the good old JEP they will go down with this government.
What the JEP has attempted to do in their editorial today is to “demonise” Blogs and Bloggers. They have tried to do this without admitting that Blogs and Bloggers are becoming influential and in turn means that the strong power that the JEP once enjoyed over the Jersey community is dwindling, it is dwindling because of Blogs.
In my humble opinion the JEP are trying to “blame” Bloggers, in part, for the inevitable demise of Acting Chief Police Officer David Warcup. They are also attempting to demonise those Politicians that were seeking to get answers concerning, what could turn out to be the illegal suspension of CPO Power and the role David Warcup played in it.
There is a school that believes David Warcup and Mick Gradwell were brought over here to “close down” the Child Abuse Scandal. I am in that school. Not because I think it is a good school to be in, it’s because I have read CPO Power’s sworn Affidavit I have read the transcripts of ILM’s suspension reviews of CPO Power. I have researched “Operation Rose” I have witnessed Warcup and Gradwell’s Press Conference I’ve read the HMIC Reports on Lenny Harper and Graham Power. I have read the 4 ACPO Reports on the HDLG Investigation under Lenny Harper and Graham Power and I have read the NINETY PER CENT REDACTED Wiltshire Report (“Haven 1”) I have “researched” and looked at both sides of this ongoing saga, which has a long way to go yet. And I don't believe in Tooth Faries!
Anyhow, back to the JEP Editorial. It just smacks of desperation and they cannot accept that Blogs are now becoming influential and taking the power away from them. We (Bloggers) can not be blamed for the inevitable demise of David Warcup if we are not influential. What has really happened, in my opinion, is that Gradwell and Warcup “failed” to close down the Abuse Scandal and that is because of well researched Bloggers. Not because they (Warcup and Gradwell) have been called a couple of nasty names on the internet by Bloggers it’s because we have researched the FACTS. The “establishment” have lost this one, it didn’t go their way and they will be starting to realise that they can’t rely on the JEP like maybe they once could to “manage opinion”.
The writing is on the wall for the JEP as demonstrated by today’s editorial, it’s only a matter of time before they are out of business and that does sadden me for the people who work there that don’t deserve to lose their jobs because of their editor and his cohorts.
By the time the JEP gets to stage three (engage) it will be too late. And as difficult as it will be they will have to concede that Bloggers are influential and credible sources of news and the JEP were just not up to the job.
Submitted by VFC.