With the adoption of the Media Council Code of Conduct I have been trying to read over the various media which have adopted it to see if there is any noticeable change. Of course, I don’t know what goes on in the editors offices, but so far I really haven’t seen any change.
Two particular news stories have caught my attention though.
The first one is the article the other day about Dr. Brown’s son, a doctor who is facing some serious charges of sexual assault, over in California. Personally, I really don’t see how this story fits as news, at least for our local daily. Dr. Brown Jnr is facing charges in California for alleged offenses in California. For all practical purposes this news story is a Californian one, and has nothing really to do with Bermuda. So I really am left wondering why it is being featured so prominently in the RG. At best I imagine the paper has decided that it is in the public interest to feature the story, in as much as it could be argued that the case may be effecting our Premiers attention, but really, I think that is a bit of a stretch. So I do question the validity of this news story, especially under the new Code of Practice. And doubly so when there truly is so many other stories in Bermuda just crying out for a little investigative journalism.
The other story that caught my attention is today’s front page story concerning the fugitive fool Alvone Maybury. The story itself is fine. My issue is with the photo that accompanies it, lifted from Mr. Maybury’s Facebook page. The photo, which seems to have now been taken off their online site, I don’t know if it was in their printed edition, showed the fugitive fool giving an obscene hand gesture. True, the Code of Practice doesn’t make any mention of obscene gestures like this, but I think it should. I don’t mind lifting the photo of Mr. Maybury, but if they had to use that one (rather than a stock photo of him), I think they should have obscured the obscene gestures. Otherwise they are doing nothing more than giving this fool some form of glorification. Beyond that, do we really need to have obscene gestures in our faces?