Nation Media Group and The Standard Group, publishers of Daily Nation and Standard Newspapers respectively and known for anti-Raila Odinga media policy will be the biggest losers in Tinga’s one-month absence from the country.
Already, murmurs are that scribes like Isaac Ongiri (NATION) may lose their jobs for a month waiting the return of Raila Odinga to resume cooking up stories to fill the voids of a section of the two papers’s readership known to get excitement whenever the PM or ODM politics run into trouble.Â Attempts by Ongiri to get a month-long assignment in the US to cover every wrong move by the ODM leader almost succeeded but the plans were shelved when it was realised the PM may just not disappoint.
In recent months, both Standard Newspaper and Nation have maintained a consistent negative coverage of the PM, mostly splashing screaming headlines with the ODM leader’s name or image to boost sales.
The sales have not disappointed, for it is rumoured the coverage of ‘Men in Black’ brought in millions in shillings, surpassing the advertisement tenders from the Jubilee government. Hehe.
The month ahead will be a long one; longer for our ‘national media’ than it will for the parastatal friends of Uhuru and Ruto whose pay will get slashed to grow the economy in double digits.
Raila Odinga is on a month long academic tour of the United States where he is scheduled to address a series of lectures at Boston University.