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VINO lashes back at Hon Andrew A. Fahie!

First District Representative and senior Virgin Islands Party member, Hon Andrew A. Fahie has accused the media of trying to destroy him in their stories about the current impasse over the selection of a Leader of the Opposition. Virgin Islands News Online was the first to report on the VIP infighting and felt compelled to clear its name of the accusations by Hon Fahie. Photo: VINO/File
Statement by Advance Marketing & Professional Services to Hon Andrew A. Fahie’s accusations against the media

While Advance Marketing and Professional Services cannot speak for any other media house in the Virgin Islands, we can stand firmly and defend Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) of which we own.

We read with much disgust, disappointment, and outrage an article published by a pro-government online news site, BVI Platinum News, with headline: Fahie Speaks! Can’t Promise Blind Obedience; Insists Constitution Clear on Appointment of Opposition Leader.

In the article, Hon Fahie went on to cast aspersions on the media houses in the Virgin Islands, the same media houses he has often used to facilitate his agenda.

While Mr Fahie was careful in the article on BVI Platinum News of June 22, 2015 not to name any media house, we felt compelled to respond as we were one of the first media houses to accurately and objectively break the story about the internal fighting he has reportedly created over the post of Opposition Leader in the House of Assembly.

The facts are as follows:

  1. Nowhere in any of the VINO stories on the ongoing controversy over the Leader of the Opposition’s appointment was it ever stated or written that whoever was the Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) was automatically the Leader of the Opposition. In fact, if Andrew A. Fahie had read the article devoid of his own bias and malicious agenda, the good gentleman would have seen time and time again this news site was clear that all you need to become the Leader of the Opposition was a simple majority of Members of the Opposition. In the case where there is none the governor has to decide.

  2. Andrew A. Fahie will know more than most that VINO is not associated with any political party or politicians. We remain number 1 in the local news market because our accurate, objective, fair and balanced newsroom can take on any story, whether political, social or otherwise. In fact, it’s well established that no one can dictate to VINO what to write, not even its Board of Directors. We are very proud to say we serve as no public relations arm for any one as we are one of the few media outlets that practice professional journalism and can time and time again stand by all our stories.

  3. We call on Mr Fahie to go back and read the VINO articles on the Leader of the Opposition impasse and point out where our news room was part of a plot to destroy him. For, in fact, we were accurate about the ‘coup’ to find support for him to be the Leader of the Opposition by having losing candidates sign a letter to Governor John S. Duncan, a letter we now have in our possession. In fact, in the article on BVI Platinum News, he has contradicted himself after agreeing with VINO that the Leader of the Opposition’s post has nothing to do with the VIP, however, still got VIP candidates to sign a letter on the same matter.

  4. This contradiction alone has placed Hon Fahie’s own credibility, integrity and trustworthiness in question. VINO’s record has been cemented that we have never been and will never be a part of any plot, or malicious attempt to go after anyone as he is now claiming. We have pledged to be fair, objective, balanced and professional and, after five years, the evidence of this high ethical standard remains undisputed.

  5. We now humbly and politely request that Mr Fahie do not drag our newsroom or any of our professional reporters into his party infighting!

45 Responses to “VINO lashes back at Hon Andrew A. Fahie!”

  • ccc (22/06/2015, 17:58) Like (23) Dislike (73) Reply
    Yes vino sucket to um...set of two faced hypocrits
  • Simmer down (22/06/2015, 18:06) Like (37) Dislike (67) Reply
    Mr. Fahie you need to simmer down--humble, Vino is fair and fearless a good news site, if anything they lean more to VIP side...Relax yourself...avoid conflict and confrontation, be more diplomatic---That`s why for me neither you, or Frazer deserve to be leader--Mr. Dawson is the right man.
    • bvi (23/06/2015, 09:50) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
      Dummy, Mr. Dawson was not elected. hahaha
      • ann (26/06/2015, 20:05) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Jesus man "bvi" ... "Simmer Down" was just saying who would be the better man... they didn't say Dawson was IN .... yall need to come from the clouds and READ properly. Politics got yall blinded and chupidee.
  • Migoman (22/06/2015, 18:12) Like (67) Dislike (9) Reply
    I thought yall were on the same side? lol
  • 1st Bank (22/06/2015, 18:20) Like (17) Dislike (25) Reply
    Glover Park. Divide and Conquer
  • virgin gorda (22/06/2015, 18:22) Like (20) Dislike (33) Reply
    I just love vino
  • Really (22/06/2015, 18:22) Like (134) Dislike (12) Reply
    Fahie was just trying to bring clarity to the issue. Vino if you're not guilty then quit trying to pick a fight out of a non issue. Fahie is a good person. Nobody is perfect. Leave well alone. Gosh man it's disgusting how people can be at each other's throat for no reason. If you all not guilty then leave the man alone.
  • voter (22/06/2015, 18:28) Like (8) Dislike (17) Reply
    wow! that was a backhand b--ch slap!
  • Concern 1 (22/06/2015, 18:31) Like (5) Dislike (44) Reply
    SIMPLE THE BEST BETTER THAN ALL THE REST. True dat VINO doesn't take side. They report for all a sunder and the people are the ones that blog and write their many comments. Andrew I do believe you are now ashamed of your actions and you don't know how or don't want to apologize. Losing an election should make you stronger and your team stronger too as I am certain if ever the party had won it seems that you would have still taken your decision of wanting to oust Fraser. Remember "divided we stand divided we fall".
  • rattie (22/06/2015, 18:32) Like (39) Dislike (30) Reply
    Well said vino bronx bummer out of order
  • Bad reputation (22/06/2015, 18:37) Like (11) Dislike (36) Reply
    The man has gotten the reoutation of a man who is not to be trusted and a traitor- the emperor's clothes are clearly on display in this matter- and the rest of the cabal who signed that letter will suffer the consequences- I am sad that newcomer Sharie De Castro fell for the man's scheme- she will be forgiven- she is young and naive- but the rest of that group can kiss their political futures goodbye-
  • well saw (22/06/2015, 18:40) Like (48) Dislike (6) Reply
    If the part of the VIP that now fighting Fahie had fought the NDP as hard & as vicious as they here fighting Fahie now then the VIP would have won or at least have more seats than just two.
  • Ears (22/06/2015, 19:19) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    Listen--hear---ignore------Why Fahie feels oblige to answer every time his name called?
  • Boo (22/06/2015, 19:24) Like (24) Dislike (4) Reply
    Well sah. This is a train wreck in slow motion. The VIP continues to slowly implode to its final and inevitable end. They need a fresh slate of officers and a fresh slate of candidates. The whole slate needs to be binned and start afresh.
  • LOL (22/06/2015, 19:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    By writing and sigbingsigning a letter? If writing and signing a letter is all it took to beat NDP, I am sure they would have done it. ..
  • tell me (22/06/2015, 19:41) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    TIS NEVER WISE TO FIGHT THE MEDIA GIVE IT A REST ANDREW
  • Looking on (22/06/2015, 19:44) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    "Andrew A. Fahie will know more than most that VINO is not associated with any political party or politicians. We remain number 1 in the local news market because our accurate, objective, fair and balanced newsroom can take on any story, whether political, social or otherwise. In fact, it’s well established that no one can dictate to VINO what to write, not even its Board of Directors. We are very proud to say we serve as no public relations arm for any one as we are one of the few media outlets that practice professional journalism and can time and time again stand by all our stories." A SHOT ABOVE THE SCALE
  • New Yorker (22/06/2015, 20:01) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
    It's a shame no opposition tomorrow,i guess we blaming NDP for this one too poppy shows.Vip died when HL.left us,and now each of the fantastic two can form their own parties..
  • what (22/06/2015, 20:02) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    this is PETTY.
  • hmmmmmm (22/06/2015, 20:08) Like (12) Dislike (40) Reply
    the same VINO he used he now turn against...me tell ayo the man cannot be trusted bossie
  • wow (22/06/2015, 20:18) Like (16) Dislike (26) Reply
    he got rid of Dancia and now it is fraser's turn.
  • wize up (22/06/2015, 20:19) Like (11) Dislike (12) Reply

    why fahie having issues with his comrades... WOW!!!! acting like a spoiled child(OK, a little b***h)........

  • one eye (22/06/2015, 20:21) Like (12) Dislike (19) Reply
    FHAHIE GETTING LIKE FUNNY MAN ALWAYS FIGHTING THE MEDIA
  • lodger (22/06/2015, 20:29) Like (16) Dislike (5) Reply
    You are all such small islanders. Grow up
  • concern (22/06/2015, 20:33) Like (19) Dislike (6) Reply
    If MR FRASER had listen to the people he would not have been in this mess he were to ////// as if he was untouchable BIWATER and the STOP LIGHT people will never forget.
  • Don't (22/06/2015, 20:41) Like (10) Dislike (16) Reply
    never pick a fight with the media, right or wrong you will never win. It's really just a waste of time.
  • for sure (23/06/2015, 00:02) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
    These two guys would have brought their pigs to a fine market without even realizing it. It goes without saying that their political career have been severely damaged due to their own actions. It is most unfortunate that some of the other VIP candidates took side with Fahie and would have contributed to their own political demise as well. This will backfire on them so it won't make any sense for any of them to neither lose their precious time or money when the next election comes around. Because of their disingeniious behavior, they cannot be trusted. However, the pertinent question remains...... Who to blame?
    • Hmph (23/06/2015, 06:52) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
      You guys act as if the other candidates have said that they hate Fraser... On the campaign trail, you guys destroyed the man's name and credibility and now that they are taking steps to make adjustments, you guys are his biggest defenders. You guys would do and say anything so the VIP doesn't succeed
  • Fam (23/06/2015, 03:04) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    Fahie just relax vino has been your big fan over the pass 4 years
  • Our Voice (23/06/2015, 06:59) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    Vino, don`t let them politicians intimidate you. You are the voice for most of us who politicians will not take the time to listen to----but we can blog our views, concerns and suggestions. Some politicians, or their associates do read the blogs, they hear us...This is freedom of speech I never thought I would see or have in my life time---You are waaay above the rest- Thank you Vino--
  • lodger (23/06/2015, 08:38) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply

    During all this no-one has mentioned the difference between the salaries of the Leader of the Oppositio, and an ordinary member of the house. I bet that is why ***** wants it!

  • I taught (23/06/2015, 09:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I always taught VINO was VIP and BVI Platinum was NDP

    Thanks VINO for clearing that up for me
  • change (23/06/2015, 10:15) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    With All been said and all the blogs the VIP need a new leader regardless to who fills that position its a fact. This is in no way intended to hurt any one there is also a need for a new speaker of the HOA
  • .... (23/06/2015, 11:15) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Heh heh heh. Hey VINO, we need a fresh cartoon...
  • Observer (23/06/2015, 11:21) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is the true meaning " between a rock and a hard place." One with an attitude problem and the other with a craving for the almighty dollar. Where will it all end.
  • Da Rush (23/06/2015, 12:59) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Simle fix pick someone to be chairman didnt say they got be elected to be chairman once that is done that person pick the op. leader my picks dancia or karl for chairman
    • yes (25/06/2015, 19:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Real honest non-corrupted truthful people need to be at the top to keep things in check.
  • gov Doncun (23/06/2015, 19:24) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I hereby the authority of our queen leave Julian Fraser as leader of oposition. Lol


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