NewsReel-2 12/9/13 - Sahara Reporters vs Okonjo-Iweala: What Do We Make of This?

 [ Masterweb Reports: Emmanuel Arinze reports ] – I am not one to make much fuss about media reports beyond profiling and updates. By virtue of my profession, my involvement with virtual and terrestrial media – local and foreign – usually does not transcend the bounds of neutral analysis. But, I must admit that, there have been times when I have had to cast off my aloof toga and join the fray of “glocal” (global & local) debate to air my personal view on pertinent matters where sitting on the fence rankles against the grain.


In the course of my media analysis, I have also been intrigued by a trend I have observed between two parties dear or aggravating to some Nigerians; that is the person of Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the entity called Sahara Reporters. Truly, both parties elicit different reactions from Nigerians for various reasons. But, it appears the party with the biggest voice is not always fair to the other and is consciously attempting to undermine the credibility and dehumanise the other party.


From my findings, it appears that since Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala came back to Nigeria for a second stint at the helms of the country’s finance ministry, she has not really done much to merit the positive reportage of Sahara Reporters. All I have read on Sahara Reporters’ site about the woman have been one negative press or the other.


But, then, this was only a theory that I had no empirical basis of proving as a fact. So, I decided to conduct an independent survey to ascertain the veracity of this claim. I spent hours going through the gamut of Sahara Reporters’ website and consulting popular search engines to get raw data on Sahara Reporters’ coverage of the person of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in the space of 25 months. The results of my findings can be viewed (for discerning people to see and make their conclusion ) at (<=Click On Link to Be Taken to Findings).


Judging by the foregoing where out of 41 mentions profiled in 25 months, 32 of them are negative, 8 are indifferent and only 1 is positive, it is obvious to identify the standpoint of Sahara Reporters where the person of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is concerned.


For a medium like Sahara Reporters to have only one positive out of 41 reports about anyone says a lot about how evil such person must be, doesn’t it? My findings leave so many questions unanswered, is Okonjo-Iweala that bad? Is she so wrapped up in evil that she deserves only one positive report out of 41 Sahara Reporters’ mentions in 25 months? In fact, can anyone be that bad? Can there be more than meet the eye in Sahara Reporters’ coverage of the person of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala? Why does Sahara Reporters have more negative things to say about the finance minister than the other media? Why is Sahara Reporters always the first medium to break negative news about NOI? I leave the answers for the discerning minds to conclude.


Emmanuel Arinze, an Abuja-based Research consultant, reports from same city.


*Photo Caption – Omoyele Sowore, Publisher of Sahara Reporters (Left);  Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Right).

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