COCORIOKO’S NEWS REPORTS ARE FACTUAL AND TO THE POINT

Subject: COCORIOKO’S NEWS REPORTS ARE FACTUAL AND TO THE POINT
From: Tejan Kamara
To: All
Date Posted: 08:36:57 09/07/07 ()
Email Address: tejanjournalist@yahoo.com
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I have been doing some investigation. I have been trying to understand why few people among us have been attacking Rev. and Cocorioko .I looked at all the other newspapers online and offline and this was what I found :

The people condemning Cocorioko are SLPP supporters and the reason they find problems with Cocorioko us that the election is not going well for them. If the election was going well with them, they would not have been lashing Rev. Kabs. It is part of us to always blame the messenger for the message.

What I understood next is that Cocorioko says it as it is. Cocorioko does not color the news.This is the appeal that Cocorioko has that makes the paper unique and different from others. They say it as they see it, bluntly.No coloring.

I also found out that despite all their accusations, none of the paper’s critics has been able to pinpoint one article that is not factual. When you investigate, you find that the story was true but Cocorioko was the only paper that had the balls to report it.

I also found out that Cocorioko publishes pro-SLPP articles.So where then is the trouble ? I found the answer.SLPP supporters are in denial and do not want to accept that the ship is sinking.


Subject: Re: COCORIOKO’S NEWS REPORTS ARE FACTUAL AND TO THE POINT
From: Bigtex
To: All
Date Posted: 10:51:23 09/07/07 ()
Email Address: Mactruck_home@hotmail.com
Entered From: at 208.242.58.126

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Mr. Kamara,

Nice try but no cigar; defending the indefensible is equivalence to trying to deny your identity in the face of being called on the carpet.

Since you asked for an example of an article in the tabloid that has not been factual; I will point you to one article; the bogus assassination attempt on the life of the APC leader, which received front page status in yesterday mornings edition of Cocorioko.

I challenged the accuracy of the article not as a partisan SLPP member, but as a Sierra Leonean who was offended by the flagrant abuse of journalistic power exhibited by the tabloid and its editor. To the credit of the editor, he removed the article from the tabloid’s site after perhaps revisiting the article once I brought my objections to his attention in a posting to the editor. Though I would have liked the tabloid to have retracted the story, I’m willing to settle for their taking down the offending article from their site late yesterday.

If Cocorioko stays with the facts and avoids sensationalizing its articles, I would have no problem reading some of its postings for their entertainment value. Cocorioko provides a valuable service to its readers; it should not however lose sight of one fact; some people form their opinions based on what they read in their local press! No amount of partisanship should cloud our collective view as Sierra Leoneans, that past the election, we would have to live with each other for the foreseeable future.


Subject: Re: COCORIOKO’S NEWS REPORTS ARE FACTUAL AND TO THE POINT
From: POLITICAL
To: All
Date Posted: 11:13:49 09/07/07 ()
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Entered From: smtpgateway.azdes.gov at 207.108.136.242

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BigText, did you make the attempt to do you own investigation on this story that makes you believe it was not a credible information? Please show us your findings. Who did you talk to or who has given you a contrary story about this alleged assassination plot. When you discredit something or someone, you have to bring proofs to support your argument, otherwise you are just another bunch of armchair critic.


Subject: Re: COCORIOKO’S NEWS REPORTS ARE FACTUAL AND TO THE POINT
From: Bigtex
To: All
Date Posted: 13:44:37 09/07/07 ()
Email Address: Mactruck_home@hotmail.com
Entered From: at 208.242.58.126

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Politician,

Here is what I did; using the story on the Cocorioko site, I looked at other postings by this same reporter – this is called doing a content analysis. During the review a certain trend began to emerge: Firstly, this reporter is used to making claims about being “on the spot” when ever he covers stories. While this might look innocent to the untrained eye, it presents a real problem for the reporter. He may for all I know have been present at the SLPP office, however when he files his report, he comes across as making up facts to fit his particular bias. The operational question here therefore is: If the reporter was present at the SLPP office when the alleged conversation took place, why was he not able to identify a single eye witness who could independently corroborate his story? Was the encounter staged to make it appear legitimate?

The second red flag in the story was the reporter’s use of buzz words like “RUF and alleged assassination plot” to paint a reality that could not be verified. Similarly, using a person belonging to a despised organization like the RUF made any efforts at clarity impossible for the reporter, because he was now boxed into a corner he could not easily remove himself from – namely giving to his editors what would get readers attention. If the credibility of your key source is compromised you have no story. It would have been ok if somewhere in the article the reporter had noted that the source could not be relied on.

In terms of Cocorioko, their mistake was to publish the article without independently verifying that all sources were credible; that the story could be defended if challenged, and that the story could pass the basic accuracy test. That in the end was what I believe caused the paper to pull the story, because Cocorioko could not stand behind their reporter in this particular instance.

 


Subject: Re: COCORIOKO’S NEWS REPORTS ARE FACTUAL AND TO THE POINT
From: POLITICAL
To: All
Date Posted: 00:04:01 09/08/07 ()
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Entered From: ip70-162-167-106.ph.ph.cox.net at 70.162.167.106

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Bigtex, did you really read the article and understands it? It seems we read the same article but understand it differently. I understand that the conversation was not directly with the reporter, but with other people. After that the reporter talked to the very guy and confrimed that with him. The reporter mentioned some people that were present.
Secondly, using the words like RUF, “on the spot” should not raise brows. If the reporter is present at the scene he has to say it. I don’t know why you have problem with the word RUF. Do you know that the SLPP have just released 12 convicted RUFs from prison? What is the motive behind this. Were these RUF wrongly convicted? If so there is a legal way to do that. You see the double standard in the SLPP? You despise them, your leaders hail them and free them from prison.


Subject: Re: COCORIOKO’S NEWS REPORTS ARE FACTUAL AND TO THE POINT
From: Bigtex
To: All
Date Posted: 09:17:12 09/08/07 ()
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Entered From: ppp-70-252-8-240.dsl.hstntx.swbell.net at 70.252.8.240

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Politician,
No we are not reading different stories; what is happening here is a matter of approach in reading the article. I am reading the article more critically while perhaps you are giving it a perusal reading. I have done a content analysis, while you may not have; so you see it is all in the approach.

Thanks anyhow for staying with the topic and not resorting to name calling like others have done on this forum!


Subject: Re: COCORIOKO’S NEWS REPORTS ARE FACTUAL AND TO THE POINT
From: KABS KANU
To: All
Date Posted: 11:12:50 09/07/07 ()
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The article was NEVER REMOVED.WE DONT REMOVE ARTICLES. I read the nonsense you wrote at Sylvia’s forum. We update every now and again and we archive stories. That particular page was archived and I will post the link here shortly.

What gives you the right to assume that the story was inaccurate ?

By the way, I dont listen to SLPP “Neither-Nors” like you . Go to the paper now and read what a responsible , credible and leading SLPP official said about COCORIOKO. These are the people I listen to, not people like you who think standing on your head.


Subject: Re: COCORIOKO’S NEWS REPORTS ARE FACTUAL AND TO THE POINT
From: Bigtex
To: All
Date Posted: 13:48:49 09/07/07 ()
Email Address: Mactruck_home@hotmail.com
Entered From: at 208.242.58.126

Message:
For a man who claims to be a journalists you certainly lack both the credibility and knowledge to be responded to.


Subject: Re: COCORIOKO’S NEWS REPORTS ARE FACTUAL AND TO THE POINT
From: abubakarr jalloh
To: All
Date Posted: 15:04:30 09/07/07 ()
Email Address: lahasaba@yahoo.com
Entered From: 000-108-627.area3.spcsdns.net at 68.245.166.174

Message:
Bigtex, my brother why bother yourself with a man who cannot help himself but to do his master’s bidding. This guy has the nerve to call others blind zealots when he is the great,great, grand daddy of them all. Any man who has good moral qualities will think twice before insulting the good people of Sierra leone with his headline assassination story, yesterday. Thank God the youths did not buy it. They remain calm and ready to vote their conscience tomorrow. let’s put partisan aside, we are Sierra Leoneans first therefore an attempt on the life of anyone of us is an attempt on all of us. Kabs-Kanu, where is your evidence showing an assassination plot was underway? You are one of those so-called wanna be journalist I called quacks. You don’t listen, you don’t learn. And please don’t parade your so-called qualifications for me because they don’t mean shit to me, since you lack common sense the fundamental qualification a good human being should posses. Yesterday, you rained abuses on me for daring to question the veracity of your assassination story. I let it slide because I don’t want to be like you. When I realised that this is the third time you are foul mouthing me for pointing out your flaws I decided to give you what you deserve…..DISRESPECT. If you want to be respected, you should be respectful. The only thing you can do about it is to block my IP address from your forum because you are a coward that just can’t face the truth. Who are you to call me a pagan? You don’t even know me. I feel sorry for the folks that go to your church, if you have one because you will mislead them with your bogus stories. You better listen to the voices of reasoning like BIGTEX. LONTA.


Subject: Re: COCORIOKO’S NEWS REPORTS ARE FACTUAL AND TO THE POINT
From: Jay
To: All
Date Posted: 11:27:30 09/07/07 ()
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Entered From: c-69-140-34-194.hsd1.md.comcast.net at 69.140.34.194

Message:
Kabs:

With all due respect,why do you listen to reprobates like Big Failure.You should not dignify their attacks with a response.We know that you are above them,that’s the reason we hold you in high esteem.He had wanted you to publish an article about APC trying to assasinate the MASSMOT BANDIT.Then you would have satisfied his cravings for Anti-Ernest and Anti-Charles article.My advice to this Big Buffon is to keep reading the Awareless newspaper or you can go to the BIG PUPU forum.


Subject: Re: COCORIOKO’S NEWS REPORTS ARE FACTUAL AND TO THE POINT
From: Bigtex
To: All
Date Posted: 14:01:37 09/07/07 ()
Email Address: Mactruck_home@hotmail.com
Entered From: at 208.242.58.126

Message:
What a demonstration of intolerance! Is this what the New/Old APC has in store for Sierra Leone? Your call my friend; your call!!!


Subject: Re: COCORIOKO’S NEWS REPORTS ARE FACTUAL AND TO THE POINT
From: The guy next door
To: All
Date Posted: 21:40:01 09/07/07 ()
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Entered From: adsl-76-192-139-62.dsl.wotnoh.sbcglobal.net at 76.192.139.62

Message:
What has this got to do with the New/Old APC?
You made a failed attempt to discredit the editor of this paper, when proven wrong you blame a political party… I cannot help but say something. This is nonsense. According to your dictum, can I blame the SLPP party for your embelishment on this form?


Subject: Re: COCORIOKO’S NEWS REPORTS ARE FACTUAL AND TO THE POINT
From: Bigtex
To: All
Date Posted: 09:29:26 09/08/07 ()
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Entered From: ppp-70-252-8-240.dsl.hstntx.swbell.net at 70.252.8.240

Message:
If you choose to “hero worship” your so-called editor that is entirely your prerogative; however your response is very indicative of the mentality that you and your editor friend represent. Need I say more?

If questioning an inflammatory article is considered an attempt at discrediting your editor, you need to remember that people in a democratic society have the right to challenge laws, officials, and yes even editors when they err. So practice some democracy; stop being a hater, and instead invest your energy in making your paper credible!


Subject: Re: COCORIOKO’S NEWS REPORTS ARE FACTUAL AND TO THE POINT
From: Orkaibah
To: All
Date Posted: 11:10:40 09/07/07 ()
Email Address: rastafari_ish@hotmail.com
Entered From: master-02.brg.sgsnet.se at 193.11.202.74

Message:
OK. Answer the following questions:

Which is the better of the two? Cocorioko or Awarenesstimes.

Who is more credible of the two editors?
Sylvia Blyden or Rev.Kabs Kanu.


Subject: Re: COCORIOKO’S NEWS REPORTS ARE FACTUAL AND TO THE POINT
From: Bigtex
To: All
Date Posted: 13:54:54 09/07/07 ()
Email Address: Mactruck_home@hotmail.com
Entered From: at 208.242.58.126

Message:
Both news prints have a role to play, and without a doubt they are playing their roles well.

I have no preference for neither Dr. Blyden nor Rev. Kabs Kanu, what I have a preference for is objectivity.


Subject: Re: LINK -COCORIOKO’S REPORTS ARE FACTUAL AND TO THE POINT
From: KABS KANU
To: All
Date Posted: 11:18:28 09/07/07 ()
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Entered From: host-24-225-159-104.patmedia.net at 24.225.159.104

Message:
THE ASSASSINATION STORY WAS NOT REMOVED. IT WAS ARCHIVED .HERE IS THE LINK. http://nocache.homestead.com/COCORIOKO/indexThursdaySeptember62007EarlyMorningEdition.html

 

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