“How Independent is Independent Media?” James Myburgh asked last month. As an erstwhile regular letter-writer to the Cape Times I sometimes thought I was becoming over-exposed or even narcissistic, but the Cape Times editor solved that for me by ceasing to print my letters which were generally critical of the ANC and latterly the Cape Times itself for its version of journalism and the shortcomings of its journalists.
The former referring to its dangerous whipping up of anti-white sentiment, its obsession with Israel and elevation of BDS and any mini-group with a poisonous attitude in that respect, its mindless attacks on UCT to the eventual detriment of even the unemployable dung-bunging anarchists it championed, and the latter referring to Carlo Petersen who led the charge against UCT, and group foreign editor Shannon Ebrahim, whose main sources of information on world affairs seem to be the Media Review Network, a Muslim Israel-hate bunch, and BDS best known for dragging a pigs head through Woolworths, pulling in 100 instead of 10 000 to protest against the well received Pharrel Williams concert, violent and anti-Semitic disruption of concerts featuring anyone they deemed to be less than correct in their attitude to Israel and the usual mixture of arrogance and lies usually associated with frustrated self-deluded organisations with consistent records of failure.
The Cape Times is being run as an pseudo-parastatal. Its purchase by Sekunjalo was financed by the Public Investment Corporation whose chief investment officer Daniel Motjila recently said: “The corporation plans to align its investment strategy with the government’s policies”, which couldn't be much clearer.
After what can only be described as a purge, its management and senior journalist staff were replaced with individuals more willing to further the aims of the ANC in the Western Cape; notably to slander Israel, generate racial intolerance, give a platform to every Tom Dick and Harry who has a beef against the DA administration, and to report every nonsensical word uttered by the ANC Western Cape leaders, in the forlorn hope that the Muslim constituency will support the ANC in the next elections, notwithstanding that it appears to have more sense than that.
The Cape Times congratulates itself not only in being in the forefront of university protest which in all likelihood will be looked back upon as destructive as was “No education before Liberation”, but also for the same disease reaching Oxford. But here is what Trevor Phillips, former Chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (who is black which shouldn't matter but of course does) had to say:
“Perhaps the students who support this campaign might take a moment to google ‘Auschwitz’ to see a complete justification for the preservation of all aspects of the historical record, however grim.The looming tragedy is that Oriel College is not alone among academic institutions. It appears many are now so cowed by fear being labelled racist that they are prepared to sacrifice fundamental principles for fashionable approval. Even the decision to consult on the issue is a shameful retreat from the defence of freedom of expression.”