Huge losses may have made Nation Newspaper to make drastic and irrational editorial decisions which has seen the paper sack journalist Dennis Galava for doing his job on January 2.
Sources who attended today’s post-Galava staff briefing paint a picture of a newsroom demoralized and a management convinced to make huge profits they have to pander more to the government, even if it means shitting on the very readers who expect nothing but the truth.
In the Galava fiasco, a mild editorial which would have made the paper set the pace of agenda setting for the government turned ugly after publishing, with a blood thirsty CEO and a regime boy Editor-in-Chief coming heavy on the journalist who penned, Dennis Galava.
Now, things got thicker.
In today’s staff meeting, boycotted by newsroom big vegetables like Mutuma Mathiu and Eric Obino; it is said Larry Madowo, himself not a good measure of anything worthwhile, was shouted down as CEO Joe Muganda read the riot act to timid souls suffocated by lack of bonuses and wrecked by daily taunts by peers – like I am doing just now.
But it is the news that the media house has made losses that sounds so sweet – that’s where it hurts. Not raking in sh130 million and starting this in a bad limelight, it will take huge advertisements by the hugest advertiser – of course Jubilee’s public relations regime, to keep the white elephant oozing shameless propaganda that has seen it stoop so low in its anti-CORD Leader Raila Odinga fearmongering.
Right now, the place to shit on when you have issues with the opposition is the opinion pages of the nation. There you will be in good company of discredited former high flyers like Anne Waiguru, or the perennial hatemonger, one Peter Gitau Kagwanja.