A Society Which Hates Its Defenders Must Be Prepared To Deal With The Consequences Coming From Its Offenders

Not much has changed in Jamaican Media from what exist­ed two or three decades ago except that we have more enti­ties than the pre­vi­ous RJR and JBC radio and JBC Television which signed off at mid­night, after which there were only crick­ets.
Sure, Radio and Television have got­ten expo­nen­tial­ly more vul­gar and as a con­se­quence, the soci­ety has den­i­grat­ed much fur­ther than in many oth­er nations.
The results of this are borne out in the vio­lence and homi­cide sta­tis­tics which are chok­ing the lifeblood out of the tiny Island we once thought of as par­adise.

In the time since then, we have had tens of thou­sands of mur­dered Jamaicans, Vybz Kartel lec­tured at the (Intellectual ghet­to (UWI) and Ninjaman gave a pep talk to law enforce­ment offi­cers.
The irony in all this is that both are now con­vict­ed mur­der­ers!
From the lofty out of touch Editorial offices at that behe­moth on North Street to the cushy lit­tle stu­dios of both radio and tele­vi­sion the inces­sant dai­ly bar­rage of anti-police invec­tives was bound to have neg­a­tive con­se­quences for our coun­try.

You see, the perch­es haven’t changed, nei­ther have the influ­ences which come from the media hous­es changed.
What has changed are the ways the rest of the world views the issues of today and how to deal with those issues and no one both­ered to inform the Editorial boards of the Gleaner, Observer or the self-appoint­ed mouth­pieces of the Jamaican peo­ple in the tra­di­tion­al medi­ums.
The prob­lems with their views are that they are large­ly shaped from parochial per­spec­tives, devoid of expo­sure.


So they still write their Editorial pieces from those lofty perch­es and the vil­lage lawyers debate them on talk radio and tele­vi­sion. The back­ward­ness of those edi­to­ri­als final­ly seep down into the body politic, and to the man on the streets where it becomes gospel.
The prob­lem with all this is that the ini­tial per­spec­tive was not based on crit­i­cal think­ing or deep intro­spec­tion or even data-dri­ven.
They are old tired posi­tions of pun­dits and prog­nos­ti­ca­tors steeped in old prej­u­dices and per­cep­tions which have no rel­e­vance to today’s soci­ety.

So sure, the edi­to­r­i­al board of the Gleaner would be offend­ed by the idea that their baby INDECOM is prob­lem­at­ic, they do not care about the mas­sive loss of life occur­ring in the coun­try, why would they, it makes for sen­sa­tion­al head­lines?
They do not care about the men and women who brave the bul­lets when they sleep either, berat­ing them sells news­pa­pers too.

At the very best, the bright­est of them can­not extrap­o­late from the data the neg­a­tive impact this law is hav­ing on the lives of ordi­nary Jamaicans.
They are hell-bent on their focus, which is to demo­nize the police. Any emerg­ing data which con­flicts with the rot­ten fish they are sell­ing is swift­ly dis­card­ed in a con­vo­lut­ed word sal­ad of hyper­bole.

A soci­ety which hates its defend­ers must be pre­pared to deal with the con­se­quences com­ing from its offenders.The media has a respon­si­bil­i­ty, to be hon­est with its assess­ment of top­i­cal issues. It must endeav­or to ensure that it does due dili­gence even in the opin­ions it prof­fers, they too mat­ter.

Eventually, the stench of the rot ris­es up to the high­est tur­ret of your tow­ers and no one is immune from the fall­out.
Be care­ful with your stew­ard­ship.

One thought on “A Society Which Hates Its Defenders Must Be Prepared To Deal With The Consequences Coming From Its Offenders

  1. Well the chick­en is com­ing home to the roost! We live in a world where the media plays an inte­gral role of fram­ing the Jamaican peo­ple’s minds and world views. The media for decades have been doing a won­der­ful job in demo­niz­ing the Jamaican Constabulary Force mem­bers and revered, applaud, and cel­e­brate the mur­der­ers.

    The oth­er day I was lis­ten­ing to “Mutabaruka” on YouTube and he was com­plain­ing about his wife “Jackie” get­ting robbed down­town, Kingston by one of the men pos­ing as hus­tlers that reserve park­ing spaces for cus­tomers. Fortunately, the same poor youth grabbed her chain from around her neck and threat­ened to harm her.

    Mutabaruka is one of the most pop­u­lar radio personality/​mouthpiece and an anti-police crit­ic on Irie FM. At the begin­ning of every new year, he would used the pow­er of the radio sta­tion to broad­cast, hon­or, and eulo­gized vio­lent crim­i­nals killed by the so-called “wicked baby­lons!” One of his callers was very angry with him for his rev­er­ence for one of the men. “Mr. Baruka did you know that (deceased man’s name) killed three of my fam­i­ly mem­bers and I’d wit­nessed his actions and sur­vived because he shoots me in my chest?” She said to him.

    Mutabaruka did­n’t want to hear none of it and he hangs up the phone on the caller pre­tend­ing that her cred­it was done.

    So, the same Mutabaruka was com­plain­ing about the brazeness of the Jamaican crim­i­nals oper­at­ing in down­town, Kingston and when Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke was around he had the place under con­trol.

    The dif­fer­ence between men like Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke and mem­bers of the Jamaican Constabulary Force. Is that Dudus reports to no gov­ern­ment agen­cies and he oper­ates with coer­cion, fear and bru­tal­i­ty by using sus­pects as exam­ples and a means of deter­rence. The Jamaican Constabulary Force mem­bers do not have such LUXURY; they must oper­ate with­in con­fine of the Jamaican Constitution. Dudus oper­ates with his own con­sti­tu­tion.

    A major­i­ty of the poor peo­ple in Jamaica are fed on a dai­ly basis with the anti-police rhetor­i­cal lan­guages every day!

    Most Jamaicans are pro-crim­i­nals, whether or not we want to believe it. Being a police offi­cer in Jamaica is worse than a crim­i­nal. In Jamaica a drug deal­er have no prob­lem telling oth­ers he’s a drug deal­er and the com­mu­ni­ty would show him max­i­mum respect, love, and rev­er­ence.

    Finally, those of us who are knowl­edge­able, edu­cat­ed, and cog­nizant of the fact that the media hous­es in Jamaica are always cam­paign­ing for the depraved mind­ed peo­ple, uncon­scionable, evil, heart­less, and crim­i­nals. To con­trol and change the peo­ple’s behav­ior is through the media hous­es by regur­gi­tat­ing the good traits. If not Jamaica will con­tin­ue to fall into the abyss until the island bot­tom out the bot­tom.

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