Elaine King, as editor of the Knysna-Plett Herald, will you let me interview you regards the newspaper’s performance on Knysna political issues? Will you commit to open discussion so that the community you’re supposed to serve can judge for themselves the integrity of the Knysna-Plett Herald?
I’m prompted to ask because the Knysna Plett-Herald, again, skipped the main news. The newspaper had the info and was in conversation with me so they well knew what was happening. But you chose not to pursue the most popular conversations in our town. Why?
- You asked for my response to Mayor Eleonore Bouw-Spies’ propaganda newsletter but then never published it. The wrongness of that is emphasised by you previously publishing a letter of hers against me and denying me right of reply.
- You knew knew about DA Councillor Dr. Martin Young’s insidious attack on me but never published it. The wrongness of that is emphasised by you previously publishing a letter of his against me and denying me right of reply.
- You published an article on the controversial communications story without the many corrections i sent after receiving the draft. Why did you reporter bother sending me a draft if correction never mattered?
- You asked me to make a contribution to the paper. I sent an opinion piece explaining what just happened in the crisis leading up to the election. You said there was no space.
- However, you published three press releases from the Knysna Municipality, two in your print edition and all online.
- Instead of focusing on the main news, you rehashed an old story for the front page, arguably taking sides with the pro-Administration faction again.
Is the Knysna-Plett Herald’s failure because the drama involves the Knysna Municipality and the Democratic Alliance whom you receive advertising revenues from? Or is it a position you take according to your personal politics or friendships?
Elaine King, Editor of the Knysna-Plett Herald, do you agree to be interviewed by me at a coffee shop of my choice at 8.30am on Friday (Sept 23), Saturday (Sept 24) or Monday (Sept 26)? I choose those days so as to avoid your deadline rush.
WILL YOU MEET ME ON RECORD? We can each bring a witness if you so wish.
NB: I’m not always available for a continuous presence on Facebook but it was necessary considering the propaganda attack against me. Note the following screenshots showing our Facebook statistics the past week. I’m a broke activist. You’re a newspaper mostly comprised of paid for adverts amounting to a large sum of money.
The most important aspect of “social media” is social interaction. The bar to the right of the first image shows how many people commented, liked and shared 9-15 September. How is it possible that the response to my posts were far greater than the newspapers, your 325 versus my 1900?
Considering the ongoing and still unanswered communication scandal, let’s note the Facebook figures for Out There (Pty) Ltd whose sole permanent employee is Fran Kirsten, who before she got the Knysna Municipality’s communications contract was your Sedgefield correspondent and the DA’s election contractor. Her 3 posts received zero engagement.
The next image shows the number of people i reached that week, showing that there’s public interest in these matters. How many did you reach? Will you share it with our readers? Practically, don’t newspapers generally pursue the most popular stories so as to gain the biggest readership possible?