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HOW THE JEP DELIBERATELY SEEK TO MANIPULATE OPINION
Faked letters attacking Progressive politicians fine. Genuine letters from the public which don't share the editor's view are... not
Though I will have a new post up in the next day or two in the meantime I reproduce below, with the kind permission of the member of the public in question, a letter sent to the editor of the Jersey Evening Post in the week following our original court case back in April 2012. Just as important, of course, is the curt and, it has to be said, arrogantly pathetic reply from Mr Chris Bright.
Having stumbled upon this again the other day I think it is very telling with regard to the way the 'newspaper' attempts to mislead its ever-dwindling readership to maintain the favoured Establishment view and thus help keep the 'right' sort of people in office. All whilst claiming, of course, that Pravda is a fair minded and responsible journal treating all views and perspectives equally and without any prejudice.
Everything in the letter was as per the JEP's publication policy
As is wholly apparent the letter from Mr Whitworth - who actually stood against me in the 2008 election and thus can hardly be described as a friend displaying bias - is both polite, concise and entirely in line with the 'newspaper's' claimed policy for publication. Where it falls down, of course, is that Mr Whitworth expresses the view held by the vast majority and clearly Mr Bright cannot have that type of thing within his pages!
This is a fact made all the more disturbing, of course, given the hard reality that under Bright's stewardship of the JEP he has regularly been proven to quite happily print wholly fabricated letters from non-exitent people attacking politicians who dare challenge the Establishment line so beloved of the 'newspaper'.
Faked letters whose sprurious content we have quickly and easily demonstrated to be fabricated at that by a quick and simple visit - even though Bright and his minions have repeatedly claimed to me and others that the authenticity of all letters to be published are first throughly checked out by the JEP's staff. Opinion manipulation, it has to be said, of the most despicable and unprofessional kind; and behaviour hardly appropriate to a claimed 'quality' newspaper.
The 'Jersey Way' in all it's sordid glory
Of course, as we found out the hard way just like so many others -in a Jersey court to win a case you can't simply rely upon being right as with respectable jurisdictions. You just have to be on the right 'team'.
A light-hearted Christmas cartoon? No. As the man behind it, Broadland's Mr Roger Trower was forced to concede in court; far from a result of his being 'pleased' Jersey now had a 'husband and wife team' in the States: 'Yes...' the cartoon was 'serious political comment at the end of the day.' And it was also a pack of lies which painted a wholly false picture of the political platform upon which we had stood.
No wonder an ever-growing number of local people are heading out on the long but necessary trek to Strasbourg.
The letter from Mr Chris Whitworth
12th April 2012
reading the recent Andy Sibcy libel action report regarding both Deputies
Trevor and Shona Pitman against estate agency Broadlands 2008 Christmas advert published
in the JEP, I began my own small survey.
Sir Charles Gray was responsible for advising the two Jurats Le Breton &
Milner on whether this advertising feature was in fact defamatory. They were
advised to consider it through the eyes of the ordinary or reasonable reader.
my survey involved asking some of the aforementioned readers for their opinions
and so far everyone has responded that it was all about the money they can earn
as states members. Asked about the quote ‘4 x the salary darling’ and not one
person associated this with the mortgage multiplier used by lenders to work out
how much a couple can borrow – even when ‘joint’ was added to the quote.
I cannot be totally sure that the people I asked are not extraordinary or
unreasonable readers and totally agree that my poll has no credible value at
all, but it does question whether the deputies ever had a chance in this case.
as I imagine all parties involved in this disagreement, would defend the right
to freedom of speech; however, when so many people are misinterpreting the
intention of this advert, then obviously something has gone very wrong.
may be mistaken, but I cannot recall any article or relevance with a mortgage relating
to these deputies in 2008.
for the picture in question, theexpressions on the deputies’ faces along with
the fact that the rosette is surrounded with pound notes, is very misleading at
the very least.
in future any such material should be produced in such a way that it is clearly
understood by all readers and not just those with knowledge of mathematical
JEP Editor Chris Bright's reply
19 April, 2012
Dear Mr Whitworth,
I write in reply to your letter of 12 April, which I have
decided not to publish because it effectively says little more than that,
despite your not having been present in court, you disagree with the verdict it
reached. With due respect, although you are entitled to your personal opinion
on the subject, that is of little interest to the general public.
If you would care to submit a letter commenting on any related
issues in a more general way, I would be happy to consider its publication.