Compass needs to take a stand

The article, ‘A historic opportunity for Cayman voters’ [in the 28 Oct issue of Cayman Compass] provides the ideal opportunity for me to raise a matter that seems to me a glaring omission in your paper, namely an Editorial Opinion.
Newspapers the world over are known for their editorial position. Those of us with a cosmopolitan world view base our readership on those papers which best reflect our philosophy and expectations, political, or otherwise. We are also familiar with the rivalry between Rupert Murdoch and his media empire to dominate as it were, world opinion in favour of his ideals of a conservatism which favours the rich. Thus, further reinforcing the importance of editorial slant.

In reading your article referenced above, I was therefore taken aback by the admission “The Compass has not and will not take a stance on this central question.” The “central question” being (I presume), the position as to whether a new port should or should not be built as proposed. Do you not think that your failure to offer an editorial position is an abnegation of your responsibility and a move unworthy of public trust?

Or, is it another agenda which is best not publicly revealed?

Such behaviour on this important issue I must record, is tantalisingly reflective of the comments I made in ‘Patronage, Personalities and Parties: Caymanian Politics from 1950-2000’.

In the chapter entitled ‘Media Pathology: The Politics of Journalism’, I wrote “The Caymanian Compass over the years has very much practiced a ‘politics of inconspicuousness’ craftily selecting its political issues…” You owe your readers an informed opinion and to do less is to betray their trust and expectations by sacrificing your opinion in what must appear to some as “an unholy alliance with the political directorate”.

J.A. Roy Bodden

Editor’s note: Following an interlude while the Cayman Compass was in transition for its recent relaunch, editorial opinion pieces will shortly be reintroduced to the newspaper.