This isn’t a contest between two equals. It’s a contest in which one of the candidates is dirty.

Published: September 12, 2017 at 9:38pm

I have read Chris Said’s post below, and I disagree with it completely, just as I disagree with the general take on “they have every right”.

Having every right to do something has nothing to do with whether one should do it. The people Dr Said is talking about have every right to stuff their faces with doughnuts until they throw up, but should they do so? No, they shouldn’t.

They have every right to marry a criminal, but should they do it? No, they should not. They have every right to vote for Norman Lowell and join up with the Maltese Patriots. But should they? No, they shouldn’t.

They have every right, too, to have sex with a prostitute, because it’s not illegal. But should they? No.

So while the people he is writing about have every right to support Delia just as they have every right to support Said, whether they should support Delia is another matter. And the answer to that is: no, they shouldn’t, because he’s dirty.

I can understand where Said might be coming from with the “every right” reasoning, but he shouldn’t – because not only is it completely illogical, but it is also worryingly oblivious to the requirements here. The spirit of a contest between equals only comes into play when the rivals really are equal: both clean and both able.

This is not what we are looking at here. One contender is filthy and incompetent, and the other contender is not. So yes, while the individuals in question, who work for the Nationalist Party and its media, have every right to root for the filthy and incompetent contender, the fact is that they should not.

And Chris Said does himself no favours at all by putting himself on the same footing as the filthy and incompetent candidate and telling the staff that they have every right to root for him.




12 Comments Comment

  1. Political parties shouldn’t have journalists at all, because they shouldn’t have television stations, newspapers and radio stations. Where in the democratic world does that happen?

    • Les Bon Bons says:

      Totally agree, but for say PN to close down NET/Radio 101 Labour would have to close down Super One and vice versa. I don’t see that happening any time soon.

    • Michelle Pirotta says:

      Agreed, but unless there is a consensus between the two main parties on that front, I can’t see the ‘benefit’ of making the first step.

  2. Cyrill Sammut (Sliema) says:

    Naqbel.

    Naghmel riferenza ghall-attentant onorabbli ghalkemm dilettantesk (ghall-ahhar) tat-tim ta’ gurnalisti tan-NET TV li ghamel intervent fuq is-sid tal-Pilatus Bank waqt li kien hiereg mill-istess bank bil-lejl, kif juri il-filmat hawn taht:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9udhCjGXCU

    Filwaqt illi dan it-tim kien ghaqli mhux ftit, la rrnexxielu jaqbad il-filmat shih tas-sid ta’ Pilatus Bank hiereg mil-bieb tal-genb tal-binja fejn jinsabu l-ufficini ta’ l-istess bank u prattikament gera mieghu sal-karozza tieghu, mit-toroq ta-wara l-binja, sabiex minghalih jahrab lill-istess tim ta’ gurnalisti, dan it-tim ikkometta numru ta’ sballji kardinali mil-lat gurnalistiku awdjoviziv. Dawn huma kif ssegwu.

    1. Il-gurnalist ghamel diversi attentati ta’ intervista bil-Malti meta kien ovvju li l-persuna intervistata kien barrani li ma jifhimx bil-Malti.

    2. Il-kameraman kien il-hin kollu miexi WARA l-persuna fil-mira ta’ l-intervista u b’hekk m’ghamel l-ebda pressjoni fuq din il-persuna. L-effet gurnalistiku investiggativ intilef ghal kollox. Kieku kien qieghed jiehu filmat minn quddiem il-persuna fil-mira ta’ l-intervista, kien jaqbad il-wicc tal-persuna.

    3. Ma kien hemm ebda attentat sabiex tigi intervistata l-persuna l-ohra fin-nuqqas ta’ success ta’ l-intervista mal-persuna fil-mira ewlenija ta’ l-intervista.

    4. Ma kien hemm ebda gabra tal-fatti jew allegazzjonijiet fuq il-post ta’ l-intervista, kemm qabel jew wara, mill-istess gurnalist li mexxa l-intervent.

    5. Il-gurnalist li mexxa dan l-intervent qatt ma wera wiccu quddiem l-kamera sabiex jaghmel xi tip ta’ stqarrijja waqt, qabel jew wara l-istess intervent.

    Ghalkemm jien m’hiniex gurnalist, u wisq anqas, gurnalist investigattiv, attentati ta’ gurnalizmu nvestigattiv dilettanteski bhal dawn jistghu (jew x’aktarx) jaghmlu iktar hsara milli gid.

    • Galeforce says:

      What happened to that zealous and enterprising young journalist who risked life and limb by travelling to the Acapulco brothel in the name of serious investigative journalism?

  3. Cesca says:

    Kif dardruni gejjin b”ghamilna sagrificcji kbar’. Min imur ghax-xoghol u b’onesta kbira jiddikjara kull sold li ghandu, x’ikun qed jaghmel ezattament?

  4. Because it’s all about winning, isn’t it. X’biki ta’ nies.

  5. Tabatha_White says:

    One would think they’re still in time to stop the whole en masse jump over the cliff edge.

    But no. Ego rules.

  6. Did the Labour Party end up.on obscurity? So what are you on about?

  7. Franġiska says:

    Naqbel mija fil-mija miegħek. Chris Said jixraqlu u joqgħodlu. Ħadd ma twieled għaref. l-esperjenza trid tkun, u aktar ma jmur aktar jitrawwem . Jekk Alla jrid nhar is-Sibt joħroġ rebbieħ u jkun rebaħ ta’ veru l-partit Nazzjonalista.

  8. Mary Shephard says:

    To be fair to Dr Said, I would suppose that his comment was made in line with his stated intent, to extend the hand of friendship to all those who campaigned for Dr Delia and this for the sake of the much needed party unity.

    On the other hand, the ‘election campaign’ as is being run, is dull, lifeless and only serves to frustrate viewers, even those with minimum intelligence. Why call the separate monologues of the four candidates for election a debate?

    As far as I know a ‘debate’ is “a discussion, as of a public question in an assembly, involving opposing viewpoints” or, as in case of the ‘debate’ between candidates for election, debate is belter described as: “contention in argument, dissension, controversy before a public assembly.”

    Were the journalists asked to stick to tame questions? Why were not the candidates asked to debate WITH each other, score off each other?

    Has nobody in NET news staff ever followed a debate between Trump/Clinton or May/Corbyn. Now that IS a debate… Net news staff PLEASE wake up…. Do not bore us to death again.

  9. Grace Galea says:

    Min qallek li jekk jirbaħ Delia l-finanzi tal-partit ħa jkunu aħjar? Milli nista nara agħar ħa jkunu għax ħafna, inkluża jien, mhux ħa nagħtu iktar donazzjonijiet lil partit imexxi minn persuna li s’issa s-CV tiegħu tgħid li falla kull fejn miss. Jidispjaċini anzi għal flus li tgħajt lil partit li ntużaw biex tħallset il-paga ta’ JPD. Mhux ħa nerġa nagħmel l-istess żball u nħallas il-paga tal-mara issa.

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