By Alagi Yorro Jallow
Our national political pundits and bloggers on social media are not journalists. They are masters of hyperbole, division, and sound bites. For them to survive in today’s business of politics, they’ve traded analysis for opinion. Research for regurgitation. And journalism for propaganda.
Let this be clear. “This is the role of journalists: not to repeat propaganda, thereby assisting the propagandists and becoming part of the machinery of propaganda, but to maintain a STANDARD of making sure, as much as is possible, that a media platform is being used to give FACTS to the public. Once the public has the FACTS, it is up to those in the public to make up THEIR OWN MINDS. True journalist plays the important role of gatekeeper, and in doing so, is acting on behalf of the public good. (A.Y Jallow,2013)”.
And the role of Journalists right now needed in New Gambia, the idea, its value, is to thoroughly expose incompetence and malfeasance that isn’t partisan unless you believe one party is so incapable and corrupt that it can’t survive public scrutiny. The idea of objective methods of determining the truth isn’t threatening unless you don’t think the ideas that are most convenient to you can stand up to rigorous testing. And context and analyses are only your enemies if you depend on an ignorant audience for your assertions.