BreakingNews 12/4/2014 - Sahara Reporters vs Okonjo-Iweala: What Do We Make of This? (Part 2)

[ Masterweb Reports: Emmanuel Arinze reports ] – In an earlier article, I drew attention to my observations about Sahara Reporters’ reportage of the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. I had observed that as far as Sahara Reporters is concerned, Madam Iweala has not done much to deserve positive reportage. When I first noticed this trend in the course of my routine media analysis, I embarked on an independent survey so I could speak from an informed perspective.
Sampling the medium’s coverage of the Finance Minister over a two-year period, I discovered 41 mentions out of which 32 are negative, 8 indifferent and only 1 positive. I highlighted my findings in a piece which was published in September 2013. Ordinarily, one would think that an empirical report like that would cause the medium to rethink its strategy. It is over six months now since I first made that observation and unfortunately, little or nothing has changed. Sahara Reporters has not ceased to deliberately paint the Minister of Finance in bad light by filling the air waves with negative stories, most of which are usually unfounded or at best, blown out of proportion.
Like I pointed out earlier, I wouldn’t voice my opinion on this matter if I had not gathered verifiable data. To this end, I have included an updated record of my findings at the link below so that you can see things for yourself and draw your conclusions:
*Click here for the updated record of my findings.
Out of 106 reports Saharareporters have published about madam minister between October 2011 and March 2014, an alarming 71 of them are negative, while only a grudging 2 are positive. The natural question that comes to mind after assimilating these statistics is that, ‘is the woman that bad? Can anyone be that bad?’
How come Sowore and his crew close their eyes to positive developments about NOI and only zoom in on negative stories about her? Even if they choose to argue that some of those features are not their original reports, how come it is only the negative ones they are eager to publish? Why not cull the positive reports about the woman published by other media?
Isn’t it abundantly clear that Saharareporters is pursuing a deliberate agenda to malign the finance minister with its biased and ever negatively slanted reportage? From the evidence before us, it is difficult to avoid concluding that Oluyele Sowore and his crew are a vindictive lot and purveyor of falsehood.
Emmanuel Arinze is an Abuja-based Communication Consultant.
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*Photo Caption - Omoyele Sowore, Publisher of Sahara Reporters (Left); Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Right).
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