Jamaica Gleaner / Everald Warmington, the firebrand member of parliament for St Catherine South Western, has questioned the intelligence level of local journalists, suggesting that it would almost be impossible for them to be employed abroad. He claimed that media workers here focus on speculation and opinion for news.
Speaking at yesterday’s meeting of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) parliamentary committee, which he chairs at Gordon House, he said: “The intelligence of those we have as journalists today is so limited. They create news instead of reporting the news. A lot of them could never be employed abroad as journalists.”
According to him, the media were responsible for giving legs to much “rubbish” in the public space.
Moveta Munroe, the executive director of the CDF unit in the Office of the Prime Minister, supported Warmington’s attack on the media. She agreed with his suggestion that what passes for media in Jamaica was creators of “fake news”.
Warmington turned off the microphone, which connected the audio from his desk to the Hansard writers who report the official proceedings of Parliament, and declared: “What we have in this country for news is speculation and opinion. It’s a shame how they keep blowing up smoke up the rear-end of Jamaicans.”
Warmington’s broadside happened in front of committee members MPs Floyd Green, Juliet Cuthbert Flynn and Richard Azan.