Mixed bag when it comes to media fairness

Online poll

Opinions differ when it comes to
the question of whether Cayman’s media is fair and balanced.

In last week’s caycompass.com
online poll, the largest segment of the 298 respondents – 132 people or 44.3
per cent – thought that some of Cayman’s media organisations were fair and
balanced, while others were not.

The next highest segment of
respondents – 70 people or 23.5 per cent – thought the local media was somewhat
fair and balanced.

Fifty respondents – 16.8 per cent –
thought Cayman’s media was very fair and balanced, while 34 people – 11.4 per
cent – thought it wasn’t very fair and balanced at all.

Twelve people – 4 per cent –
responded “I don’t know to the question.”

Comments by respondents illustrated
the wide difference of opinions on the subject. 
Several people praised the Caymanian Compass for being fair and
balanced, but that was probably to be expected since the poll was on the
Compass website.

“The media in Cayman, like in any
other country has the conservative approach and the liberal approach to
journalism,” said one person. “This means that some will lay the facts on the
table in a conservative manner and some will hasten to buff a good story. The
problem is when a story that could further hurt a country, or people,
companies, etc. is buffed for the sake of publishing a good story. The ego
takes over and then everyone suffers.”

“It’s true that some media houses
don’t have a clue about proper journalism, but generally, I think the Cayman
media is pretty fair,” said someone else.

“It is the job of media to
represent different interests, so there is bound to be some bias, especially
politically,” said another respondent. “Very few media organisations in the
world are independent.”

“The editorial content of one
newspaper seems to be available to the highest bidder,” was another comment.

“The Compass is the best,” wrote
another person. “Most of all, I detest the way the Cayman News Service allows
people to anonymously write the most outrageous comments which are rude,
insulting and vitriolic.”

“The Cayman Compass in my opinion
is the most fair and balanced,” said someone else. “I’ve seen a lot of bias in
the Net News. I won’t even read it anymore.”

“Fair isn’t as important as
objective and honest,” commented another person.

“CNS appears to be very biased in
favour of the PPM and this is troubling,” was another comment. “I have posted
comments against the PPM in the past and they always seem to be conveniently
ignored. Keep up the good work Compass.”

“The media needs to have more
opinion from the native Caymanians,” said another respondent who thought the
media wasn’t very fair and balanced at all. “More pictures of the real native
Caymanians instead of all the foreigners, it’s not right.”

“I’m not sure this is a good
question,” said another person. “Are they fair and balanced – in whose opinion?
Do you report enough? No; there’s relatively no investigative journalism on
this island – at all. We’re all told what the government wants us to hear.
Shouldn’t you tell us a little more? Shouldn’t you investigate things more? Why
can’t someone tell me why people are being shot? I’d rather someone tell me
why. Can’t you ask them why? Can’t you do better story work?”

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