The Nassau Guardian In A Monumental Cock Up

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Well C A Smith is only Acing Governor General for four days. If he had any idea that the job would be a boring job, he got a baptism by fire.  The Nassau Guardian ran a headline on Saturday 14 July saying that the he had slammed the choice of National Heroes by the Government.  Well that was startling news.  It went around like wild fire.  It said that  the only two wo qualified were Sir Lynden Pindling and Milo Butler for National Hero status.  Turns out the whole thing was fake. The writer Royston Jones made a mistake.  It should have been George Smith not C A Smith. Government House asked righteously and indignantly for an immediate retraction.  They got it from the lovely Candia Dames,  Managing Editor.  Oswald Brown writing from his redoubt in Washington D C said that the editor should have caught the mistake.   Remember what we said about a stench around the Nassau Guardian.

The various tos and fros below:

Oswald Brown, former Managing Editor of the Nassau Guardian, weighs in:

Facebook Commentary/Former Nassau Guardian Editor

 

When I saw this headline supposedly published in The Nassau Guardian, I immediately thought this had to be a mistake. I know C.A. Smith, the Acting Governor General, extremely well and know that he would never, never disregard the protocol governing the position he now holds as Acting Governor General and make the comments wrongly attributed to him.

 

This raises the question as to WHO IS IN CHARGE OF MAKING EDITORIAL DECISIONS at the Nassau Guardian. Any Editor with a modicum of common sense would have questioned the veracity of the claims being made by the reporter who wrote this story. But when one’s major focus is on tabloid-style SENSATIONALISM, one is inclined to disregard the “warning signs” generated by egregious mistakes like this totally embarrassing faux pas by one of the country’s leading newspapers.

 

A simple apology or retraction is not enough in this instance. SOMEONE SHOULD BE LOOKING FOR A JOB COME MONDAY MORNING.