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.