Saturday, May 9, 2009

Why selective criticism in Kenyan Blogs?

The following appeared as a comment by "Concerned Rose" in response to the post below this one on the current queries about Uhuru Kenyatta's closed eyes on the 9.6 billion missing...

"Winston Churchhill once said “Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.”

"I am a disappointed Kenyan. Disappointed because of a scaring trend that has emerged as far as fair reporting of Kenya’s politics is concerned. Many Kenyans who frequent the many blogs discussing Kenyan politics will agree with me that most of the blogs are mouth pieces of some political parties. The owners of the blogs only publish stories demonizing one of the political party's mostly unfairly quoting faceless sources. When for example a report compiled by MP’s from both political divide finds foul play on the part of the Prime Minister and his family concerning the Maize Scandal, these blogs literally continued running unrelated stories and their owners literally deleted comments from concerned Kenyans that faulted Raila. Kumekucha led in this end. Other blogs choose to recycle old stories.

Imagine if the committee had found Kibaki guilty of the sleeze? All blogs would have published the story as ‘Breaking News’. And I bet the story would have run for days. Why the hypocrisy?

When blogs that purport to lead the war of redeeming the country are involved in cover ups when their so called ‘democrats’ are caught with their snouts in the public coffers, then how do we expect a better Kenya? Where are the honest Kenyans in the blogosphere to lead the way since the road is packed with wolves in sheep skins?

I sign off with wise words from Joseph Joubert; “Children need role models rather than critics.” Don’t shake your head I know,…. that is asking too much."

Concerned
Rose

9 comments:

KenyaLuv said...

I totally agree with Rose. Blogs like Kumekucha have been exposed for what they truly are, just mouthpieces for particular parties(in Kumekucha's case ODM) conveniently turning a blind eye when their leaders are mentioned in scams but demonizing the other side. we need an impartial blog that is more concerned with the common Kenyan than with a particular party or tribe. Who will lead the way?

Anonymous said...

Sukuma Kenya,

I admire your courage in publishing what many kenyans who have the priviledge to access internet have realised. There is so much preaching of water and guzzling of wine as far as politics is concerned. This emanates from the culture of hatred (kabila adui)that was cultivated pre-2007 election. We need to be objective in criticizing all the public looters whether Ruto, Kiraitu, Raila, Uhuru, Gumo, Mutula, Ngilu, Kosgeys, infact most of the tribal chiefs are downright corrupt. However, its common knowledge that one of the big political parties pays for propaganda wars.

Sukuma Kenya, make that difference.

Kanoo

Anonymous said...

Whats new??, the country is divided and the blogshere is just a reflection of this fact.
Create a just and fair society and this will be largely reflected in areas of discourse.

Biche said...

Interesting point, Concerned Rose.

Biche

Anonymous said...

That was calling a spade a spade. Anyone who bothers to evaluate any piece of news based from common sense unbiased approach has already written kumekucha off.

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crazytrader said...

I think the blogs only publish stories demonizing one of the political party's mostly unfairly quoting faceless sources.

Sports Picks said...

Interesting point,I totally agree with Rose. Blogs like Kumekucha have been exposed for what they truly are, just mouthpieces for particular parties(in Kumekucha's case ODM) conveniently turning a blind eye when their leaders are mentioned in scams but demonizing the other side.

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