In a letter to a mainstream media outlet in the Turks and Caicos Islands, reporters are accused of supporting political parties in the Islands. The open media letter authored by an individual called Evan Williams September 21, makes this claim.
I am honored to also be "called out" by Mr. Williams in this letter, which classes me with the likes of Anthony L. Hall, whom I respect. However, at this time, I will also briefly take exception to the general (mis) characterisations found in Mr. Williams' letter.
In general, I have no choice but to flatly disagree that we are all on the same side of "truth," as the author suggests. "Truth" appears to be a commodity which Shaun Malcolm and TCI Journal have fatal difficulty defining.
The individuals and groups who have voiced various reasons for finding TCI Journal unlawful, offensive or at least distasteful, do not have any political party affiliations whatsoever. Though TCI Journal and its supporting activists or anarchists would like its readers to believe that dissenters have "pro-PDM and PNP agendas," that is plainly false, albeit convenient.
Certainly, I do not pretend to speak for every person involved, but those who wish for TCI Journal's attack-blogging to cease are average and hard working people merely making the most of the current political climate. Their families, employment and the economy are at the forefront of their agendas, not PDM or PNP or ABC or 123 …
One of my readers sent me a quote from a hero of mine, Colin Powell, " … part of our agenda is to find a political way to go forward." I share that quote with my readers because it epitomises the average opinion of my readers and the tone of the comments that I receive from border-line desperate Turks and Caicos citizens fearing destabilisation at the hands of political opportunists such TCI Journal and its characters.
I am not sure if I feel it laughable or dangerous that TCI Journal hails itself as the defining voice of a revolution. I am leaning on the side of dangerous. That they claim to fear reprisal, now that is laughable. People, like me, are the ones who fear reprisal; any single person who disagrees or dislikes its opinions and rhetoric are potential targets. And "target" is a word that I use politely. I believe that there's another name for those who purport to seek truth and transparency, yet cannot muster enough courage to reveal their own identities, retreating from attacks behind character names.
I do not care to dignify a response to any accusation that those who are against TCI Journal's rhetoric are in favor of Michael Misick. That is plainly a belligerent rant. The choice between Michael Misick and the politics of TCI Journal is no choice at all. Several viable alternative venues of peace and freedom are happily in the center of the two options.
Turks and Caicos citizens and world citizens should not confuse TCI Journal's "stories" or "letters" with real news or media. TCI Journal: your 20 minutes of fame has worn out its welcome, like bad fish and house guests.
It would be undignified to attack the character or question the agenda of Shaun Malcolm. Certainly he is of no consequence and can be marginalised in the long run. In any event, Malcolm will have his hands full with legal matters in the near future, as I have read along with everyone else. It just would not be fair to attack a man who is already down.