On MAY 19th, Miguna Miguna claimed, while being interviewed by Jeff Koinange on â€ª#â€ŽJKLiveâ€¬, that Raila Odinga will not be President.
KTN has posted and reposted the clip (a link) from the video since then – 4 months ago – over 10 times, the latest being some 8 minutes ago.
Yesterday they posted it. It appears they’ve scheduled the post to appear on their Facebook timeline every day!
The media house’s continued posting of that comment,now in its 4th month, with such a misleading headline, in my view, reeks of personal vendetta against Mr. Odinga.
It is a comment that wasn’t made in good faith, nor backed by any credible statistics. Miguna’s acrimonious fallout with the ODM leader is well known.
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“journalists can no longer claim that their work effectively ‘serves the public’ or ‘upholds democracy’ without explaining as concretely as possible their ‘models of democracy’. If all journalism commits itself to democracy poorly understood, it can still fail” -Prof. Cole C. Campbell.
KTN Vs Raila Odinga.
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If I were the one handling Odinga’s media relations, even without prompting, I would have sent a very disgusting email to KTN over the recurrent posts on its social media handles with the headline ‘Raila will never be President’. Not only that, I would go ahead and block KTN altogether from covering Odinga (kwani wao ni?). One of the leading Nigeria media houses kept on asking Nigerians if they wanted to vote in an old dictator who would DIE in office as President. Buhari, the oldest contestant in that election promptly blocked that media house from covering his events. President Obama’s run ins with far right US establishments are well known. To be as nice as Odinga towards a media house as petty as KTN is to lose out eventually. If KTN is sabotaging me; I will sabotage it. That’s Machiavelli.
As Odinga supporter, sometimes I feel we give too much, and get too little.