Kaieteur News seeking sympathy
The recent behavior by the Kaieteur News, more specifically its publisher Glen Lall and his editor-in-chief, the former PNC New Nation/Chronicle Editor Adam Harris, falls in just such a category.
For months on end, those behind the Kaieteur News were licking their lips awaiting the dooms day Wikileaks cables on their arch enemy, the government and more specifically President Bharrat Jagdeo. What they did not count on were the damaging revelations about the alleged ‘underworld’ links with the newspaper and its publisher and the admission by the US Embassy that the Kaieteur News was more of a ‘sensationalist’ rather than substance.
It is too numerous to mention the number of times the Kaieteur News has splashed huge headlines across its front page, with only a few supporting reference lines of no substance, just to entice the public to purchase the paper. Some would say this amounts’ to a ‘con’ by the paper deliberately setting out to deceive the public. Then there is the grotesque images splashed across its pages.
Added to that is the penchant for the tabloid to engross itself in rumor mongering and using these as headline stories. Everyone has lost track of apologies and retractions by this vicious anti-government entity and the numerous libel cases filed against it.
So it was rather funny when Lall used his editor-in-chief to embark on a damage control campaign following the Wikileaks exposure and speculation of his alleged ‘underworld’ dealings and unexplained accumulation of wealth.
Kaieteur News began to preach journalism ethics to a fellow private newspaper and the state paper for publishing unsubstantiated allegations as contained in the leaked US cables against its boss man and even more so by using sensationalist headlines. As usual it descended to its gutter style buse-out of who is a homosexual and who does what with whom. One wonders where are the voices of organizations such as the Guyana Human Rights Association, SASOD and the other groups, who are usually keen on screaming publicly about people’s rights, when a national newspaper such as the Kaieteur News publicly engages in and encourages homophobia behavior in society?
Such crude behavior by Kaieteur News clearly illustrates that the ones behind it were caught off guard by the harsh assessment towards them by the local US embassy. No doubt their impression prior to the Wikileaks revelation was that they were off the US radar and even more so, since the reports have revealed the alleged conversations the Kaieteur News publisher had with both US authorities and through intermediaries, where he reportedly accused some local businessmen of having links with drug dealers.
One businessman, Omprakash Shivraj, who was identified by name in that cable, has since come out with a public statement defending and disclosing the nature of financing he acquired from the local banks to establish the hotel at Providence, EBD and accused Lall of having a personal vendetta against him.
If the US embassy cable is true, then it would clearly illustrate that Glen Lall deliberately lied and misled the US administration about a legitimate businessman.
One now has to wonder if there were other such individuals he accused of being corrupt and what the nature of his allegations was. Sadly, were it not for the revelations in the cable, the businessman would not have had the opportunity to defend himself as he was not aware of what was being said about him by Lall to the diplomatic community.
While the diplomat’s did not object to Lall’s machinations for obvious reasons, it is clear what were their thoughts of him as the very cable described him as having a sketchy past.
The narcissistic behavior of the entity’s publisher has no doubt taken a massive hit by this allegation.
Following this, in a most amazing about turn, Kaieteur News, which has gone out of its way to use selective bits of Wikileaks cables to push its anti-government campaign, appealed to the public through an editorial to not believe what was contained in the US cables about Lall.
Such is the brazen hypocritical nature of this media entity.
However, it is clear their initial eagerness at the impending release of the Wikileaks cables has now been deflated and has turned into contortion, as it is a strong possibility that more such cables even more damning about those behind Kaieteur News may very well come to the fore.
This could have very well be the reason why the newspaper recently published a front page comment that it feared efforts will be made to prosecute those associated with the entity and as usual trying to put itself as the victim.
One wonders if Kaieteur News is so concerned that it may be prosecuted, what does it know that it has not told the public?