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Spin-doctoring can't change truth

By unknown | Oct 05, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

I once again question the impartiality of SABC3 news.

I once again question the impartiality of SABC3 news.

At a press briefing on October 2, a journalist who tried to question President Thabo Mbeki on Vusi Pikoli's suspension was ruled "out of order". That report suffered from another technical malfunction, which is common when hot topics close to our government are aired.

Perhaps I am a conspiracy theorist, and perhaps like those poor journalists, I too am "out of order". But I cannot help asking if someone high up decided to carry out another infamous last minute appraisal of the newsreel.

It is of great concern that the SABC has become the official mouthpiece of the ANC, or rather the Mbeki faction within the ANC, because not all ANC members delight in one-sided news.

Indoctrination and denialism should be left in the past along with apartheid and all its reprehensible propaganda tactics. It did not work then, and it will not work now. Our people are not fools and perhaps if the president and the SABC listened to them, they might realise this truth.

No amount of spin-doctoring can change the growing despondency of the poor, the immense grief of mothers who lose newborn babies in under-equipped hospitals, or those devastated by the murder and rape of loved ones.

Darren-Paul Sutcliffe Johannesburg


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