I’ve lost track of who is accusing who in the media. Accusations of bias, controlled surveys and abuse of state channels are let loosealmost as frequently as barrages of lead pellets by renegade hunters. The mass media is now subject to mass hysteria. What is worrying is the news coming from Maltatoday’s Saviour Balzan who tells us that prominent Labour politicians tried to dissuade him from publishing the results of a survey. They really know no bounds. And by they I do not mean Labour. I mean all of them. Each party tries to elbow its space into the media coverage space of the moment. Loyal columnists, slave-driven letter writers, politicians cum opinionists and the faithful army of reporters of the biased all have their role in this Battle of Bias. What it does tell us is that the picture is and will remain distorted.
Mark and David both wrote about this phenomenon in The Malta Chronicle and I am sure that will not be the last time we hear of it. Harry and AD have had enough of sitting on the fence and have decided to venture into the world of TV. To allay any accusations of the contradictory nature of their latest move, AD have promised to move out of the TV business once the MLPN make the first step. Politically the move smacks a bit of MLP’s backtrack on contesting Local Council elections. You either believe that it should not be done or you don’t. There’s little excusing the fact that you join in the fray just not to be left out of your share in the pie. Or maybe there is…
There’s not much we can say for the state of the MSM (MainStreamMedia) now. Rather than providing us with independent analysis (ah the much prostituted word), the papers are besieged on all sides by the “contributors” from both parties. Remove Daphne, Bocca, Lino Spiteri, PrAlfred Sant and Ranier Fsadni from the equation (they do not just become more prolific come election time) and you are left with the upstarts of opinion column writing. As amateur as it may be, the blogging world remains an interesting alternative (and I say interesting which does not necessarily mean successful) for diverging views on the Maltese political landscape. We had started to attempt to analyse a possible foray into the blogging world by politicians – this has not yet happened on a large scale.
In the meantime we hope that more contributors (with different uncensOred views) choose to join The Malta Chronicle and give us an honest view on what this political world is really telling us.