My problem with Starcom and the Nation Newspaper is that their coverage lack balance. I focus on them because no one reads the Advocate, CBC has always been CBC, we look to the Nation and VOB for some unbiased, good journalism.
I have problems with the quality of the Nation and Starcom’s coverage of issues. In my opinion, their columnists and articles in general provide very little context to the issues they opine on, and very few facts are introduced into the discussions.
For example, Sanka Price provides a solution to the cost of living by removing some taxes as done in Guyana. Does Guyana provide the same level of social services as Bim? He makes no reference to the cost of such a solution and seems totally oblivious to any trade offs involved.
Albert Brandford flags the level of NIS investment in government but gives no sense of what it used to be in previous years. A semi-decent journalist would feel the need to provide that context if he wants to make a persuasive argument.
The Nation prints that the government of Barbados has a new policy which denies non-nationals access to health care in Barbados. They know full well that is a sensitive issue. They also know full well that non nationals have access but not free of cost. I think it makes a big difference. The nation and Starcom seem content to give the impression that if a non-national turns up at the QEH or a polyclinic they will be turned away. They also know full well that it has always been the law of Bim that only permanent residents and citizens are entitled to free health care. But do they care, they print what they want anyway. I am uncomfortable with persons living and working here paying taxes and not being able to access free health care, but I have no time for misleading journalism.
I cannot help feeling that the Nation and Starcom are abusing their dominance of the media space to push and agenda and try to make Barbados look bad. It seems to me that they cannot handle the freedom to criticise.
They feared Arthur because of what he did to them when in office.