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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