Sunday, 24 August 2008

"Journalism the Jersey way"

Todays Talkback on BBC Radio Jersey was about GST. This is a subject that has impacted on everybody's lives, wallets and purses in Jersey. A subject that could see any of those who voted in favour of it be ousted from political office at the next election.

Twenty eight of our democratically elected, so called, "representitives" defied 19-20,000 signatory's the second biggest petition ever handed to the States of Jersey. Three of these democratically elected representitives are up for election in a couple of months time. They are Senator Mike (GST28) Vibert, Senator Paul (GST28) Routier and Senator Phillip (GST28) Ozouf.

I have on many of occasion been at pains to declare I know very little about "Journalism" so rather than attempt to say, I know what I'm talking about and our "Journalists" don't, I would like to share with you my confusion and questions.

Somebody at BBC Radio Jersey came up with the idea of holding a Talkback show on the subject of GST, whos idea was it? So now we know what the show is going to be about, who's job is it to invite the guests, or panel? and how on earth did they arrive at the decision to invite David Warr and Senator Len Norman? two people of the same view regarding GST, that's hardly going to be "informative" in a "fair and balanced" way.

When Christy Tucker (I think that's her name) Was asked why Vibert, Routier or Ozouf weren't on the panel, she said it was because she hadn't phoned any of them, The subject of the show was only agreed Friday which is her day off and she deserves a lie-in once a week. Surely she, or the BBC have an obligation to ensure informed and balanced information being broadcast before "a lie-in"

If she didn't have the time to invite any of the GST28 how come she found the time to invite Senator Norman and David Warr?, that is of course if it was her decision who to invite and why invite two people with the same view?

Vibert, Ozouf and Routier (in my opinion) should have been the first ports of call, they all voted for GST, so are "pro GST" they are all up for election so I'm sure be chomping at the bit to get some free publicicty, and I'm as equally sure would like to explain to the people who did vote for them why they voted the way they did. The second port of call would have been the likes of the JDA,Time4change, or any of the elected representives who voted against GST including Senator Norman That would have given the listeners a "balanced" panel.

So as cynical as it might sound, I believe there are two scenario's, no, make that three!

1) Eiether the BBC or Christy Tucker are completeley incompedent, have no idea how to get a fair and balanced topical debate together, surely they're not naive enough to believe the callers were going to "balance" the argument out against a panel who are anti GST?

2) The BBC or Christy Tucker are protecting the GST28 and the establishment, did ask some of the GST28 to be part of the panel, who didn't have the balls to attempt to defend the indefensible, so Christy came up with the idea of saying she didn't have time, or didn't think to phone any of them.

3) I have the wrong idea of "journalism" and our local media are doing a good job, it's just different to national and international journalism.


  1. I think that we must all have the wrong idea about journalism, you know, giving a balanced and unbiased view, presenting all the facts and investigating when they are scarce or controversial?

    Don't forget, a paternalistic government and media know what is best for you!


  2. This year it's been well and truly revealed that our local media is completely biased - to an extent that no islander had ever before seriously considered.

    Yet despite that media bias having been utterly and unquestionably exposed, the media machine keeps performing exactly as required by the establishment, like a metaphorical whore kept on a metaphorical retainer.

    And the most disgusting side of this sorry tale? The issue over which they have chosen to behave so publically in that manner, is the rape and physical abuse of children.

    When even events of that nature fail to shame someone into doing the right thing, you know the situation is completely f**ked.