Stop media bashing

IT HAS become an easy way out for charlatans to blame the media for their self-created woes. Hardly a week goes by without a compromised person either blaming their problems on an embedded media or claiming to have been "quoted out of context".

IT HAS become an easy way out for charlatans to blame the media for their self-created woes. Hardly a week goes by without a compromised person either blaming their problems on an embedded media or claiming to have been "quoted out of context".

The media are not perfect. They are populated by the same human beings as the rest of society. It is thus fanciful to think that they would be error-free or ideologically neutral at all given times.

We will, however, not stand by as quacks hide behind clichés when they are showed up for the frauds they are.

We therefore back City Press challenge to ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema that he should sue the paper if he believes that its reporter had indeed forged his signature to create the impression that he is a director of a company.

Malema has blamed everyone from "forces of darkness" and elements aligned to former President Thabo Mbeki to the alleged incompetence of the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office (Cipro) for why he is living the high life when he claims to earn a salary only from the ANC and is still registered as a company director when he insists he is not.

Malema has already got away with lots without as much as a breath from his seniors in the ANC. Just last week he made a disturbing claim that journalists prostituted themselves for stories and others were willing to do anything for a drink.

City Press has, on behalf of the media and decency, called his bluff. It's about time.

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