Notes From The Margin

August 28, 2007

Barbados Free Press… Exposed?

While following the story of the Brittons Hill apartment cave in over at Barbados Underground, we noted comments from a poster going by the call sign of “Barbados Free Press Exposed” a one comment sounded as if it referred to a site. So after a quick check of Google, up comes “BarbadosFreePressExposed.wordpress.com

The site uses a similar layout to BFP (well actually the same layout) and they’ve nicked the graphic that BFP uses.

bfpe2.jpg

Now we’ve voiced our opinion of BFP quite loudly on this blog. See our earlier post : The Tragedy Of Barbados Free Press if you are in any doubt. And as a response to a blog like BFP it’s actually fairly slick, someone who googles BFP will automatically come up with BFPE at the same time. They can shadow BFP post for post if they like and present alternative opinions or facts if they catch BFP out on any particular issue.

We do think however that BFPE falls down in being as blatantly biased as it is. It will suffer from the same credibility problem as BFP. The other thing that BFPE will find is that simply saying that something is a lie is not going to convince many people (well maybe those who are already convinced) and that if they accuse BFP of lying when BFP isn’t, things will get very sticky very quickly for the newest blog on the blogoshpere.

That said, we think that the presence of BFPE has once again affirmed the growing importance of blogs to political and public discourse in Barbados, and because of that we have taken the decision to add them to our blogroll. Their comments will always be welcome in the margin once they maintain a general standard of decency that we expect from all of our commenters.

Welcome to the blogosphere BFPE, we hope that you can contribute something of value here.
Marginal

Advertisements

12 Comments »

  1. […] by Barbados Free Press… Exposed? « Notes From The Margin — August 28, 2007 @ 1:39 […]

    Pingback by Notes From The Margin: The Tragedy Of Barbados Free Press « Barbados Free Press Exposed — August 28, 2007 @ 2:45 am | Reply

  2. I think BFPE is a petty rampage, your original views on BFP seemed to be a very well thought out out approach – you may push here and pull there, but you are consistent, even the so far solitary comment at BFPE seems to be author-generated… rather sad, actually!

    Comment by Ian Bourne — August 28, 2007 @ 5:49 am | Reply

  3. Ian,
    Time will judge BFPE, if it never rises above the hurling of invective at BFP then it won’t be much. If they focus on aggressively fact checking BFP then a couple of things will happen:

    1. BFP will self police better because of the increased scrutiny.
    2. BFP will aggressively search for genuine stories which in turn will (hopefully) keep the govt. on its toes.
    3. We will all be better off.

    of course if it stays on the level of LIES,FILTHY DOGS etc. etc. etc. it will very quickly become a casualty.

    I’m hoping that the former happens.

    Marginal

    Comment by notesfromthemargin — August 28, 2007 @ 1:00 pm | Reply

  4. I’m with Ian. I think that the fact that they have a problem with their CAPS LOCK key and have been established purely to discredit, rather than add to, the debate in Barbados means that they will lack credibility. I very much doubt that they will get beyond the sort of rantings I can see there at the moment but hope they do so – always good to have a genuine debate.

    Comment by james — August 28, 2007 @ 5:51 pm | Reply

  5. James

    “I very much doubt that they will get beyond the sort of rantings I can see there at the moment but hope they do so – always good to have a genuine debate.”

    and that is very much my point in doing this.

    Marginal

    Comment by notesfromthemargin — August 28, 2007 @ 9:25 pm | Reply

  6. MARGINAL PICKS UP HIS EDITORIAL PEN

    BFPE WE WILL NOT HAVE COMMENTS ON OUR BLOG CALLING OTHER COMMENTERS OR OTHER BLOGS ANIMALS, OR FILTHY. GENERAL ABUSE AND DENIGRATION IS NOT ALLOWED HERE. YOU ARE WELCOME TO DISAGREE, CRITICISE, DEBATE OR ISSUE OTHER FACTS.

    NOTES FROM THE MARGIN WILL NOT BE GROUND ZERO IN A SLINGING MATCH BETWEEN BFP AND BFPE.

    BE CIVIL OR BE CENSORED THE CHOICE IS YOURS

    MARGINAL

    Comment by BFPE — August 29, 2007 @ 9:53 am | Reply

  7. BFPE seems to be making my point for me. An inability to write anything without using a combination of some or all of the following words: “dirty, shameless, animals, filthy, BFP” demonstrates a misunderstanding of how to attack BFP. Do it reasonably, with facts and you discredit them. Do it with this sort of rant and you make people like me read them more. Idiots.

    Comment by james — August 29, 2007 @ 11:13 am | Reply

  8. I hate to say it but so far BFPE just doesn’t seem to get it.
    Marginal

    Comment by notesfromthemargin — August 29, 2007 @ 12:50 pm | Reply

  9. i was just pointed here by someone from BFP, as i objected strongly to some of their posters’ biases and the general anti-government tone of them …i am disturbed by any media that only reports the bad or only the good. i do feel there is a place for fair and balanced blogs so i can keep apace of what is happening in my homeland. thank you, Marginal, for showing me that this is true.
    BFP is actually a good site but some of the posters…WOW! talk about political axes to grind!

    Comment by bdabgi — August 29, 2007 @ 2:40 pm | Reply

  10. MARGINAL PICKS UP HIS EDITORIAL PEN

    BFPE We do not allow commenters to call other members of the blogosphere “animals”, “filthy”, or “vultures” actually thinking about it the use of “vile” in your post is too close to the wind as well.

    As such we have deleted your comment.

    Be civil or be censored.

    Marginal

    Comment by BFPE — August 30, 2007 @ 5:23 am | Reply

  11. Just be professional, even if there are political biases. Repect is due.

    Comment by Scout — September 2, 2007 @ 2:09 am | Reply

  12. To all vendors at FAS regga on the hill, you are entittled to full compensation for your loses,don’t accept a little token handout from FAS.Come together and employ an attorney so that you can get what you deserve.

    Comment by MALCOLM — May 4, 2011 @ 12:13 pm | Reply


RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: