JERSEY EVENING POST:
LYING TO ITS READERS;
THE RAG – SHAMED AND DISGRACED!
Jersey’s Only “Newspaper”
Exposed by Citizen Media!
Well – wouldn’t you know it? I said I’d be intermittent with my blogs – but here I am already – writing another, less than 24 hours later.
But I just couldn’t resist.
In my last posting, we had a mini Readers’ Quiz called:
“Spot the Fake Manufactured “Letter” in the Jersey Evening Post!”
This will be a continuous quiz, so readers can send in any examples they think they’ve spotted of fake, manufactured letters; organised campaigns run by spin-doctors and embarrassing biases in the JEP’s letters’ page.
But to start the ball rolling, I asked the question with specific reference to last night’s Rag.
Could my – extremely well-informed, extensive and erudite readership spot the fake, manufactured letter in yesterday’s JEP?
Within moments, the first answer nailed it.
And the accuracy of that finding was added to and expanded upon by further readers.
Even to the extent of sending in an example of another fake letter “written” by the same non-existent “author”.
But – it gets even better, as I’ll explain shortly.
The “letter” was – purportedly – from a “B. Riantz”.
This “B. Riantz” being a rabid, pro-oligarchy, anti-poor, pro-the millionaires, hard-Right market-fundamentalist – notwithstanding the fact “they” – supposedly – “live” at 29 Belmont Road – poverty-stricken bed-sit land not far from the chippy and handy for a few of the back-street pubs.
A curious paradox of – apparent – very working-class living conditions – and political and economic views which would make Augusto Pinochet seem like a member of Fidel Castro’s fan-club.
This is an illustration of just how utterly lost, obsolete, out-of-their-depth, incompetent and desperate The Rag is.
For as I explained in a comment – the whole – very traditional – practice of the Jersey Evening Post in lying to its readers and manipulating them via the “letters’” page was investigated, exposed and dissected on certain web-sites months ago – even to the point of “B. Riantz” being outed as non-existent.
You know – if I was the owner of The Rag I’d be firing Chris Bright and Rob Shipley; I mean, you own this “newspaper” – essentially, the sole purpose of which is to act as the house-journal and propaganda rag for Jersey’s corrupt, entrenched oligarchy.
And they can’t even get their opinion-manipulation, spin-doctoring and lying – their core-function – to work in a faintly credible manner.
Instead, using not only a tactic – but a specific, non-existent “author” – which was exposed as imaginary by citizen media months ago.
So – naturally enough – this particular Soviet Union-style example of propaganda and opinion management was exposed by readers within moments of me doing the post.
But – as I said – it gets even better!
The person who actually manages 29 Belmont Road, and who is a part-owner of the property, happens to be one of my readers.
This is what they’ve said in a comment:
“I think I can nail this one, Stuart.
I happen to manage 29 Belmont Road! I It has 4 flats and I know all the tenants and none of them or their partners are called B. Riantz!”
Finally – overwhelming and conclusive proof of The Rag lying to its readers.
The Jersey Evening Post – caught-in-the-act!
The oligarchy’s propaganda-machine – exposed!
The reader – who I spoke to this morning – is not a happy bunny – given the purported “letters” “from” the supposed “B. Riantz” – apparently “resident” at his property – are utterly fake and mere establishment spin and lies.
He’s spoken to The Rag – and naturally enough, got the predictable brush-off.
But – hey! – The Rag just doesn’t matter any more – as this episode shows.
We can expose the truth here – where more people will read it than read The Rag!
And whilst so doing – deliver savage blows to the Jersey Evening Post’s “credibility” – well, what little – if any – The Rag has left.
Don’t buy the Jersey Evening Post.
Don’t be a mug.
Don’t hand over your money – just to be lied to.
The Rag is dreadful – in so many ways, there just isn’t the space to go into them all. The JEP has always been, simply, an enemy of this community.
But – a slight detail remains; was this “letter” one of those they produce ‘in-house’ – or was it manufactured by a spin-doctor and submitted to The Rag?
It could, quite possibly, be the latter – but even if so, in no way can that excuse the JEP – which is responsible for what gets printed on its pages.
There is a reasonable expectation that The Rag would take some rudimentary checks on the bona fides of “letters” they receive
Especially so – given that both Chris Bright and Rob Shipley have been repeatedly warned about fake letters they publish.
But let us – just for argument’s sake, for a moment – assume that the “B. Riantz” “letter” was not an ‘in-house’ job – written by The Rag themselves.
Who could be the spin-doctor behind the manufacture of the “letter”?
We have clues aplenty – just consider how bloody stupid, incompetent and thick this stunt was; being carried out so brazenly at this sensitive time – and by someone who is so dumb and out-of-the-loop – they just hadn’t noticed this particular pseudonym had already been exposed – months earlier.
So – we’re looking for someone really, really thick.
Here’s our prime suspect.
Glenn Rankine – husband of Karen Rankine, the boss of Channel Television – and incompetent, failed would-be spin-doctor to the oligarchy. He and his wife are a pair of utterly rabid social-climbers and inimically toxic to the public good. For example – both are very, very good friends with Frank Walker and Philip Ozouf.
I rarely watch CTV these days – but when I did, I estimated they were breaking broadcasting legislation in the extremity of their pro-establishment bias – about three times-a-week on average.
Glenn still likes to dabble in his fantasy of being some kind of all-powerful media-manipulator and spin-master – so look out for him should you go to any of the present round of hustings meetings. He’s invariable skulking at the back of the crowd – watching how things are going for the establishment candidates he’s supporting.
Why should Rankine be a lead-suspect? Well – he’s ‘got-form’ in using this technique. He used to work – maybe still does – for present Senatorial candidate, Deputy Alan – vote-for-me-for-GST-exemptions – MacLean.
MacLean is a text-book Jersey oligarch; a multi, multi-millionaire estate-agent and property speculator. Now – to be really effective – the whole fake-letter strategy needs to, at least, use real – but vacant – addresses.
And who would know of lots of vacant addresses – if not an estate-agent?
You’re there already.
When times were slack – or some pro-oligarchy case needed making urgently – Glenn – ‘half-brain’ – Rankine would churn out fake letters to The Rag, frequently using vacant addresses on his boss – Millionaire-MacLean’s books.
Lest you think I’m being paranoid about Rankine – consider the following – quite extraordinary – e-mail:
From: Glenn Rankine [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 05 February 2007 10:26
To: Frank Walker
Subject: FW: The Letter
This e-mail has been received directly from the Internet: you should
exercise a degree of caution since there can be no guarantee that the
source or content of the message is authentic.
If you receive inappropriate e-mail from an external source it is your
responsibility to notify Computer Services Helpdesk (telephone 440440).
The Full States e-mail Usage Policy can be found here:
I send you this in complete confidence so you get an insight to what Stuart’s up to behind the scenes… Hope it helps.
From: Stuart Syvret [mailto:S.Syvret@gov.je]
Sent: 03 February 2007 11:57
To: Allan Watts
Subject: The Letter
Though I haven’t bothered reproducing it all, the e-mail from me to Allan Watts on the 3rd Feb 2007, was a message of complaint to CTV concerning some of their heavily-biased – and therefore illegal – ‘news’ coverage.
My e-mail went – not unreasonably – from Allan Watts to his boss, Karine Rankine. But then things go badly wrong. It went on from her to her husband, Glenn – and – as the e-mail evidence proves – from him “in complete confidence” to his friend Senator Frank Walker, by the 5th February.
Frank – not being terribly bright – published in error an entire e-mail folder, simply called “Syvret” – on the public folders section of the States of Jersey Outlook system. Naturally – within minutes of it appearing – I was inundated by messages from the decent middle-ranks of Jersey’s civil service, informing me of its existence.
I complained to the States IT department immediately – after, that is, naturally first taking the precaution of down-loading the entire folder – wherein lay Glenn’s fateful e-mail. Along with a load of other stuff.
And fascinating reading it all makes, too.
Incidentally, this little episode was one of several Data Protection complaints made by me, and Simon Bellwood to the gorgeous, pouting Emma Martins – Data Protection Commissioner and daughter of Bergerac actor, John Nettles. This being Jersey, naturally enough none of the complaints made by Simon or me were ever upheld by her – and 90% of the oligarchy’s complaints against us were.
Funny, that – aint it? You’d think the law of averages would militate against such an outcome.
But to conclude – let all decent Jersey people cherish this moment.
The Rag is responsible for what it prints.
And it’s been caught – red-handed – printing a load of fakery and lies.
So – be it Glenn Rankine, or some other spin-doctor, or an ‘in-house’ job by The Rag itself – it makes no odds.
The fact is the Jersey Evening Post either knowingly or recklessly – simply lies to its readers – as it has done throughout its 118 year history.
But this time – thanks to the networking and community voices as found in citizen media – they’ve been exposed; had their cover blown.
The Rag lies to us – it always has done – and now we’ve finally exposed them.
The Jersey Evening Post – liars by appointment to Jersey’s corrupt oligarchy.
Like I said: