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Misleading Headlines! Why?

- Intentional or Unintentional
Above: Donald E. de Castro Photo: VINO/File
by Donald E. de Castro - “too old to be intimidated”

It is interesting to note that so many of us are interested in freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of information, it is interesting to note how many are quick to misinform others; it is also interesting to note how quickly we are to believe everything that we read.

We all know and realize how influential journalist, whether print or broadcast can have on their readers and listeners, however, this does not give them the right to misinform or mislead others. Of course within the journalism profession, there are the “Professionals” and “Non-Professionals” and we have both here in the Virgin Islands.

On Wednesday evening April 2nd, on my radio show Straight Talk, I dedicated a segment of the show to past and upcoming Festival. in addition to my comments there were questions posed to the chairman of the festival committee and other responsible individuals. The following day, the online site and on Friday morning ZBVI radio station both headlines were “Talk show host feels expats should not be allowed to participate in festival."

In the Thursday edition of the Beacon a very well known Caribbean lawyer that does a lot of writing, Oscar Ramjeet, read the article online and wrote his interpretation. I am positive none of the bloggers had listened to my Show. After reading some of Ramjeets’ article I found out that he was working and living right here on Tortola in the Virgin Islands.

I called him by phone and asked him if he had heard my radio show and his response was no. So we discussed the possibility of meeting and discussing the issue with me. He said he would call me the next day, Friday so I gave him both my telephone numbers but as to date I have not heard from him. One would expect that someone who is an attorney and does so much writing would try to get to the truth but I was wrong in that assumption.

For all the bloggers and Ramjeet and those that listened to the sound bite that Friday morning on ZBVI, you can come to my office and listen to a recording of the show or you can contact ZBVI at 284 494 2250 and purchase a copy of the entire show and hear exactly what I said and the questions I asked.

I am not trying to convince anyone because, haters will remain haters and only who want to learn will learn. Then there are those who hear what they want to hear, see what they want to see and believe what they want to believe and nothing in the world will change that kind of attitude.

People that listen to my radio show hear these words every time for the past years. ”We need to redevelop our national pride; and national pride begins with our identity and our identity is first and foremost our name, which is the Virgin Islands. Then we proceed with respect for our constitution; our national anthem; our flag; each other; our leaders and the offices that they hold.

And equally important the leaders must have respect for the people. National Pride is not a phrase, but a serious commitment. Once we understand these things and practice them, we will develop unity among ourselves; Then and only then that those who come to live and work among us will have respect for us and unite with us to fight our struggles to maintain a decent country that all of us can be proud of”. Have you ever read any comments or heard any comments on the airwaves in regards to what I just wrote? Of course not. Good news does not attract readers, listeners or advertisers.

We must understand that there is a big difference between History and His Story. Finally let me tell you, “facts and statistics will/may change but the truth remains the same. Straight Talk is on the 1st Wednesday evening of each month at 8pm on Radio ZBVI. And when I write an article or blog I put my name I don’t hide.


15 Responses to “Misleading Headlines! Why?”

  • xxxxxxxxxc (30/04/2014, 19:18) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
    I only trust vino
  • Truth (30/04/2014, 23:25) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The thing is, people like Oscar are so used to shaving the truth that they begin to believe their own lies.
  • Yes (30/04/2014, 23:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You just made my day Donald, as bother I laughed so hard, almost swallowed my false teeth.
  • BVI Culture (30/04/2014, 23:54) Like (0) Dislike (10) Reply
    I agree with ”We need to redevelop our national pride; and national pride begins with our identity and our identity is first and foremost our name, which is the Virgin Islands. Then we proceed with respect for our constitution; our national anthem; our flag; each other; our leaders and the offices that they hold.”

    With the hundreds of foreign nationalities here who are only interested in raiding and exploiting the BVI of its resources and hate all things BVI outside of that agenda, as optimistic as I am, I don’t think that is possible. Plus bear in mind that the NDP Gov is made up of non BVI nationals so you can understand that they are not interested in BVI culture and identity. They just signed over a mega contract to a Jamaican national, so all that money will go out of the country to strengthen Jamaica and further weaken BVI. And then the same NDP Gov is going to turn around and say that they need more money and want to tax those here, not recognizing that they had the money, but they just keep giving it away to all of these outside interests. What they don’t give away, the other foreign nationals money gram & western union it out and wire it out.

    To be perfectly honest, I think BVI best chance for survival of culture and identity is to join forces with their sister islands, the USVI. BVI and USVI started out with the same culture but over the years, BVI let too many nationalities in which diluted its culture and further eroded it. It is amusing that these same people who hold such unadulterated hate and disdain for BVIslanders, wish to partake in BVI emancipation celebrations.
  • track (01/05/2014, 08:35) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply
    Tell it like it is d them island people out of order
  • Thanks (01/05/2014, 09:31) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply
    You take them in, you clothe them. You feed them. You make them somebody so that they can now afford to go out and socialize and party and go sailing and travel all over the world (while leaving the blacks to do the office work and denying blacks their vacation time, dictating when they can go and when they cannot go, deeming what is important for them to get any time off. Basically slavery in an AC offices). Then they turn around and write malicious lies about Tortolians poisoning expatriates dogs. Where they come from they can’t even afford to feed themselves muchless own and feed a dog. Nobody else would accept these kinds of people into their country but we, we don’t learn. This is the thanks we get.
  • Gost (01/05/2014, 18:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Osca made me shame with that article
  • unknown (01/05/2014, 20:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why he dont go sit down and stop critising the outside people from participating in
    festival, jeese man it is a damn time for everybody to enjoy themself Mr. De Castro
    you need to shut up stop minding things that are of no value, no importance to you, and questio
    why is it this only bothers you GET A LIFE........................................U r rediculous man
  • Voice of Reason (01/05/2014, 20:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ignorance is bliss.
  • Voice of Reason (01/05/2014, 20:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some of theproblems this country faces are selfishness, jealousy and Lack of respect for each other.
  • Oh My (01/05/2014, 21:17) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    We have been listening to you for years that was no slip of the tongue, its the way you feel inside. Just say sorry and move on
  • run for your life (02/05/2014, 10:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    washing this man face i want to run
  • Liane (02/05/2014, 15:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I put my name on my blog on BVI News Mr. de Castro ... and I too am too old to be intimidated as your tag line suggests.

    However, I will admit that I did not hear your radio show. In fact, I have never heard your radio show. I also admit that I did take the headline and the story on BVI News at face value. But based on my own personal experience, it never crossed my mind that the headline "might" be misleading.

    If as the article claimed, you never stated that "expats should only be allowed to be spectators", then you should really have words with the editor, as it seems you may have been misquoted. If you were misquoted, perhaps a retraction is in order?

    I agree with you that national pride, culture, history, etc. are all very, very important to any nation and should always remain so. However, I believe that as global populations migrate and intermingle more and more, we must open our hearts and minds and foster inclusion and tolerance rather than exclusion and intolerance for different cultures.

    The world would be a much nicer place for all if we each made a concerted effort to allow others to be who and what they are, without judgement or prejudice.

    I "kind of" get what you are talking about and I don't disagree with you 100%. Certain "parts" of the Festival celebrations SHOULD be reserved exclusively for Virgin Islanders. But that is not to say that expats should be excluded from ALL parts of the festivities. Surely there is a happy compromise to be made? In fact, it might be nice for the Festival & Fairs Committee to consider creating some inclusionary events that might even feature expats residing in the BVI? After all, there are a LOT of us here and many of us love the BVI too! :)
  • legal (04/05/2014, 09:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If they wrote something wrong then he should just sue end of story
  • What? (04/05/2014, 19:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So why not print he transcript of the radio show in question? Why should we "buy" the radio show? Really?

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