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Sensational BVI News Online attacks VINO over cartoon satire

Dubbed the VI Fox News, BVI News Online today, April 1, 2021, attacked Virgin Islands News Online over its most recent cartoon. Photo: VINO
The pro-governor and anti-government news site, BVI News Online, is owned by Caucasian Julia Donovan. Photo: Facebook
The pro-governor and anti-government news site, BVI News Online, is owned by Caucasian Julia Donovan. Photo: Facebook
Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) stands by its popular cartoon section, as it continues to bring topical humour, irony, and exaggeration, particularly, in the context of contemporary politics and social issues happening in the Virgin Islands (VI). Photo: VINO
Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) stands by its popular cartoon section, as it continues to bring topical humour, irony, and exaggeration, particularly, in the context of contemporary politics and social issues happening in the Virgin Islands (VI). Photo: VINO
The cartoon that the sensational news site, BVI News Online, used as a 'cheap shot' to try to cast VINO in a negative light. Photo: VINO
The cartoon that the sensational news site, BVI News Online, used as a 'cheap shot' to try to cast VINO in a negative light. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Our newsroom was overwhelmed with calls, Emails, WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook and text messages this morning, Thursday, April 1, 2021, asking why another news site, BVI News Online, which is owned by a Caucasian, would attack the Territory’s established number one online news site and most credible publication over a cartoon.

Firstly, Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) stands by its popular cartoon section, as it continues to bring topical humour, irony, and exaggeration, particularly, in the context of contemporary politics and social issues happening in the Virgin Islands (VI).

As many believe BVI News Online continues to engage in Yellow journalism, one-sided and inaccurate stories, blogs that many claimed are libellous and now has a reputation in the VI for fake news (had to retract many articles over the years), it attacked VINO in an article published today April 1, 2021, headlined: ‘VINO publishes another racially charged cartoon of governor’.

Cartoon in question

The cartoon in question currently on VINO was taken from a statement made both publicly and privately by the outgoing Commissioner of Police, Michael B. Mathews, in which he claimed that there are residents who have ‘many houses, fast boats and cars without jobs.’ In addition, the same sentiments were shared by controversial (many labelled/claimed to be a racist) former Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert aka ‘Gus.’

Where was the tabloid BVI News Online with its outrage and article about these statements by both the former Governor and Police Commissioner, which many in the Territory found to be racially charged, offensive and insulting remarks that seek to undermine the hard work of residents who most often have to take on two and three jobs to pay back banks, friends and family members for what they have earned via sweat and tears?

It suggests to many that BVI News Online, whose readership has dropped, advertisers have stayed away, and staff situation remains unstable, was desperate for a headline and continues to write articles to divide the country along racial and political lines.

VINO will not be part of divisive agenda

VINO will not be a part of that outdated, tired and backward type of journalism that seeks to divide and engage in sensational rhetoric with a nasty, oppressive political and social agenda. Just reading many of their comments/blogs, it should demonstrate clearly to the people of the VI that BVI News Online’s agenda is antagonistic to the interest of the VI people.

In fact, many have complained to VINO that BVI News Online is in the habit of censoring blogs that are positive towards the Andrew A. Fahie (R1) led Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government.

Others see the senseless and waste of space article on VINO cartoon from BVI News Online as yet another failed attempt to attack VINO’s esteemed founder, the Honourable Julian Willock, Speaker of the House of Assembly.

Honourable Willock, as has long been established and verified, has nothing to do with VINO’s newsroom and the editorial board for the past three years; however, he still assists the site with managing advertisements and revenue.

BVI News, the new Fox News of the VI?

While many have expressed to us their disappointment in BVI News Online for trying to challenge the high standards raised by VINO in the territory, as VINO has been long associated with accurate, fair, balanced and objective reporting, we can only say that BVI News Online's ridiculous attack on VINO over a cartoon goes a far way in showing their irrelevant and outdated status in the news media space. 

Many residents here have compared BVI News Online to the ‘right wing’ Fox News in the United States (many say promotes racist views). Fox News is now facing a billion-dollar lawsuit over the big Donald J. Trump lie about the 2020 election in the US being stolen. The comparison; however, is not a matter for us at the VINO news centre to make, it’s up to local readers and businesses to draw their own conclusions.

VINO continues to thank its over 50 thousand daily readers and social media followers, our loyal advertisers, the team of reporters, the staff and the many whistleblowers who continue to provide us with confidential information and most of all God for keeping the news site on the path to publishing facts, accurate articles, promoting both young people and the aged and seeking ways to actively encourage harmony for the good of the territory.

67 Responses to “Sensational BVI News Online attacks VINO over cartoon satire”

  • VI Gyal (01/04/2021, 13:49) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Really Vino?
  • jack (01/04/2021, 13:55) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
    VINO you all bad mehson you hit this out of the park
  • Ha Ha Ha (01/04/2021, 13:55) Like (13) Dislike (6) Reply
    Sensational?!?
    "Hello pot? This is kettle."
  • Ghut girl (01/04/2021, 13:56) Like (7) Dislike (11) Reply
    BVI news so Disgusting!
  • ccc (01/04/2021, 13:59) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
    Vino do not waste time responding to every dog that barks after a flying bird you are to useful for that
  • Stop It (01/04/2021, 14:07) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    Everyone is free to voice their opinion..Vino is free to do what they wish legally to convey their message..BVI news online is free to express their views about anything they wish legally,, , Not because one is local and one is not doesnt mean that one is immune from criticism,,,,
  • Rubber Duck (01/04/2021, 14:07) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thank you . I needed a laugh.

  • one eye (01/04/2021, 14:13) Like (11) Dislike (55) Reply
    Well said bvi news is trash she in bed with these white governors
  • Hilarious (01/04/2021, 14:24) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not the battle of the blogs
    • Reply (01/04/2021, 16:49) Like (9) Dislike (32) Reply
      any one I see going forward advertising on BVI News Online I will start a boycott. It takes one to start the fire
  • BVI Patriot (01/04/2021, 14:29) Like (26) Dislike (44) Reply
    Keep fighting VINO! We with you.
    • Reply (01/04/2021, 16:39) Like (13) Dislike (19) Reply
      once its an anti VIP blog you can always find it on BVI News. They so bias and against locals
  • The Devil Lies. (01/04/2021, 14:52) Like (13) Dislike (28) Reply
    They are looking for a way in to frustrate, retard, destroy and take over. Be wise, open-eyed and proactive VINO.
  • cnn (01/04/2021, 14:58) Like (17) Dislike (58) Reply
    Bvi news is the most racist site in the bvi check the owners Hispital
  • Racial Virginity, No more. (01/04/2021, 14:59) Like (8) Dislike (21) Reply
    Any where they are, wherever they, your existence as a Black man and as a human being changes negatively forever.

    There is no peace among those people. Unfortunately, being born in 55 and up to about 65, when there none around, there was no hate, racism, rancor, segregated communities, business owners refusing to serve a local, and the list goes on.

    Today, the Virgin Islands is a cancer of strife, conflict, racism and hate. And that news site fan the flames of all three.


    It is hoped that VINO will stay the course and not fall for their evil trap. Their aim is to either shut down the site, make it diffucult to function or take it over out right.

    Such a site is not what Black people are suppose to be owning in their opinion. Control of everything in the VI is their agenda..
  • Laugh (01/04/2021, 15:06) Like (7) Dislike (16) Reply
    recoil damage! They won’t try that again

    • US Traveler (01/04/2021, 16:42) Like (7) Dislike (16) Reply
      they just trying to get the Speaker in their sauce. Leave the young man alone, he has nothing to do with VINO!
  • taxman (01/04/2021, 15:14) Like (61) Dislike (12) Reply
    What relevance is it that the owner of BVI News Online is Caucasian?
    • @ taxman (01/04/2021, 15:36) Like (10) Dislike (33) Reply
      make the case that they are all racist. Why BVI news will continue to support the white governors against people of colour in the BVI???

      Now it explains there racist attack on VINO
    • Because (01/04/2021, 16:51) Like (9) Dislike (20) Reply

      The stories reflect h** racist views.

      • taxman (02/04/2021, 09:09) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
        So you are basically saying that because she is caucasian she is racist? If an article was written saying that 'black politician guilty of corruption' would that be acceptable?
    • What? (01/04/2021, 18:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      There's a lot that can be deduced from that.
    • @taxman (01/04/2021, 23:17) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      Well said!
  • Moreover, (01/04/2021, 15:18) Like (13) Dislike (7) Reply
    Doesn't the reading blogging public have a right to freedom of expression and right to post thier ideas freely?

    For all the commenter that have been blocked from commenting on BVI News, where is the due process to being heard?

    The unilateralism with which BVI News operates is worrisome.

    Should/can the boards that regulate media transmissio in the BVI do anything about the violation of such freedoms?
    • @moreover (02/04/2021, 04:33) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
      It’s simple don’t visit their site anymore. The comments are hand picked, no point in me looking at them. People that speak sense in the middle of their confusion get censored.

      They try to control the narrative by allowing one set of views & comments.

      This here attack gave the perfect opportunity to set the record straight.
    • taxman (02/04/2021, 09:11) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      Yes they do but doesnt mean a privately owned platform has to publish them. Don't like it then set up your own blog and you can have all the freedom of expression you want.

      Even VINO censors some of the comments that are submitted for posting so they all play the same games
    • Shaft (02/04/2021, 15:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      SO WHATS IS SO SENSATIONAL ABOUT THAT ( WHY ALL THE DRAMA AND WE WITH BOTH
  • ... (01/04/2021, 15:33) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    And BVI News fires the first shot across the bow VINO will always get the last lick
  • man (01/04/2021, 15:36) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply

    the owner of **** news (a white lady) once told me that she love when these people kill each other, it gives her something to write about

  • Everywhere is War! (01/04/2021, 15:38) Like (22) Dislike (6) Reply
    I am no fan of VINO but I see nothing wrong with the cartoon. the Cop comments are the one racially charged now take that to the bank!
  • Damn (01/04/2021, 16:03) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    He who controls the media will control the minds of the masses...
    • Rubber Duck (01/04/2021, 16:48) Like (10) Dislike (24) Reply
      that is why we need to push to shut down BVI news their agenda and propaganda is hurting the BVI
      • liar (01/04/2021, 17:26) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
        You are not me idiot. Much as you would like to be . There is only one
        • @liar (02/04/2021, 03:44) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
          lol... everyone should use Rubber Duck screen name and comment against racism!!! lol...
  • 1st District (01/04/2021, 16:11) Like (7) Dislike (10) Reply
    Where all them white tortolian to greate a political party! I ready to vote!!
  • @taxman (01/04/2021, 16:14) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Read and fully understand "Moreover's" comment, and if you have a little historic and psychological knowledge of the caucasion, then you would understand not only the relevance, but also the significance of that statement.
  • gfhgfhgfhgf (01/04/2021, 16:19) Like (12) Dislike (6) Reply
    BVI News and C***y are a perfect match .
  • asking for a friend (01/04/2021, 16:20) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    What became of their most recent lawsuit?
    • freedom (01/04/2021, 17:01) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
      Vino is free to post what they want and BVI news is free to say their opinion and views,,,,, What's the issue,,
      • @Freedom (02/04/2021, 03:48) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
        The issue is that BVI NEWS is a racist news site, VINO is correct! I am so pleased that others have identified this.
  • Sister Island (01/04/2021, 16:35) Like (12) Dislike (14) Reply
    we depend on VINO always for what's going on! never BVI news. Something about them does not sit well with me!
  • white bread (01/04/2021, 16:35) Like (5) Dislike (10) Reply
    that site was once operated by a white chick so what do you expect
  • facts (01/04/2021, 16:38) Like (16) Dislike (23) Reply
    Love him or hate him Mr. Willock was an excellent choice for speaker, short of the wig! He has commanded the respect of members and the people of the Virgin Islands.

    I hope the VIP gets a second term as I cannot see anyone else sitting in that seat right now.
  • hello (01/04/2021, 16:40) Like (24) Dislike (29) Reply
    who has the courage to join me with a boycott of BVI News?
  • Say it (01/04/2021, 16:43) Like (15) Dislike (6) Reply
    I WILL SAY ONE THING, VINO KNOWS HOW TO DEFEND ITSELF
  • black power (01/04/2021, 16:50) Like (11) Dislike (6) Reply
    VINO you all mash them up. It must have been a slow news day on their racist pro governor and CoI news site

    It is clear also they hate the VIP and you can see it in their reporting and articles
  • We Support You! (01/04/2021, 17:11) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
    I don’t live in the VI but the other news sites literally block your IP address if you voice too much of an opinion. Keep shining and speaking for those that can’t. The only way we know the truth of what’s going on back home. Thank you!
  • Shaft (01/04/2021, 18:04) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well HALLELUIAH
  • YAWN (01/04/2021, 18:29) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    I like BVI NEWS but they stay cooning.
  • Take back control (01/04/2021, 19:23) Like (15) Dislike (11) Reply
    The Caucasian dominated lamestream news need to sit down. vino the only one who stands up for the downtrodden BVIslander.
  • ??? (01/04/2021, 20:05) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    VINO now now! You are giving your enemy free air time by penning this article. You should have just ignored them.
    • @??? (02/04/2021, 03:54) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      If the world ignored Hitler’s evil, how many others would have died? You have to take a stand against darkness...or there will be no good in life!
  • That exactly (01/04/2021, 21:51) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Bvi news ..is a communist mentality motivated alliance against free speech...
  • Happy (01/04/2021, 22:40) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Excellent job VINO.
  • just wrong (02/04/2021, 07:20) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    "run by a caucasian" Nice way to keep the prejudice going.
    • @ just wrong (02/04/2021, 08:31) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      The vino reporter I doubt is a racist but the bvi news site many believe they are racist
  • 1st District (02/04/2021, 07:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well I a UK citizen have to go to magistrate court at JOHN'S HOLE! WHERE IN BVI IS THAT?
  • history teacher (02/04/2021, 08:40) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why they pick on vino? the last time funny man picked on vino you see what happened
  • Interested (02/04/2021, 09:45) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    By saying that the owner of BVI news is Caucasian aren’t you being racist? Just asking
    • No (03/04/2021, 07:21) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      Just pointing where the racism is coming from. It tends to follow white people around. Does not matter if they live in a predominately black country their white privilege to them should come first.

      Black people stay woke.
  • ReX FeRal (02/04/2021, 10:07) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lotsoftruthinthecartoon.
  • Cracker (02/04/2021, 13:34) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    And the white chick kill off she last partner.
  • Shaft (02/04/2021, 15:37) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    WHAT IS SO SENSATIONAL ABOUT IT - THAT DESERVE ALL THIS DRAMA , YOU NEED TO SHOW SOME PROFESSIONALISM YOU AND THOSE PETTY MINDED CANARIES NEED TO GET OUT OF THE GUTTER AND STAY POSITIVE YOU ALL ARE GIVING THE WORLD A NEGATIVE VIEW OF ALL THE EVILNESS AND VINDICTIVENESS THAT LURKS WITHIN SOME OF YOU / FORTUNATELY NOT ALL OF US ARE NOT LIKE THAT PLEASE KEEP YOUR DIRTY THOUGHTS TO YOURSELF ( THANK YOU
  • Liat 521 (03/04/2021, 15:18) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    we the people already said bvi news is nothing more than a tabloid/propaganda machine. there’s nothing of journalistic significance on that site hat is why I never read them and they never post my bloggs
  • hello (05/04/2021, 10:41) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Several people complain BVI news block them if they oppose NDP. BVI news is a disgrace.


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