“Media persons must report the facts,” says PM’s Attache

“Media persons must report the facts,” says PM’s Attache

The Prime Minister’s Attache, Nancy Charles, has asserted that media persons have an obligation to exercise due diligence and report the facts.

Charles spoke in the aftermath of the widely reported incident involving HTS Television reporter, Rehani Isidore and Prime Minister Allen Chastanet.

Speaking to the Times, the PM’s Attache recalled Chastanet saying that he expects propaganda from the opposition, not reporters.

She reiterated that it was the Governor General’s office that was coordinating activities for the visit here in November of Britain’s Prince Harry.

“When the Governor General’s office put out a statement about two weeks ago, Coco Palm being a private entity and having a huge marketing base in the UK put out an advertisment regarding the arrival of the Prince, the headline was that Coco Palm rolls out the red carpet for the Prince,” Charles said.

Coco Palm is managed by the sister of the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister’s Attache asserted that the United Workers Party (UWP) both in opposition and now in government has enjoyed good relations with the media.

Charles noted that all the media houses have her contact information along with that of the Office of the Prime Minister and the newly appointed Senior Communications Officer, Nicole Mc Donald.

She said if clarification was needed, a call could have been made to them or to the office of the Governor General.

“What we are disappointed in is that no other media house chose to carry that story because that was just a social media thing and that particular television station (HTS), chose to carry the story – they did an e-poll and it was something that CocoPalm had clarified, retracting the statement, so there was really no need for the question,” Charles told the Times.

She however observed that was not the issue.

According to Charles, the issue arose when the HTS reporter asked the Prime Minister whether he would like to clarify the issue of the visit of Prince Harry and Coco Palm.

She said the Prime Minister asked the reporter whether he had spoken to Coco Palm to clarify the matter.

Charles said the reporter answered in the affirmative.

She stated that Chastanet asked the reporter what he was told by the resort, whereupon he responded that the hotel said it had no comment.

“That is when the Prime Minister indicated to the reporter that he was not telling the truth, because had he spoken to Coco Palm they would have told him that the hotel would be closed for that period of time during renovations. The hotel that had retracted the statement would never had said ‘no comment’” Charles declared.

She denied that the incident would sour relations with HTS.

“Not at all – we have good relations with the media house in question. There will continue to be that open door relationship – the Prime Minister has indicated that he is open to clarify and to speak on any matter. All the Prime Minister is saying is ‘listen, you need to have a little more respect for the Prime Minister of this country that if you are going to ask a question let it be a question that is not meant to malign the name or the reputation of the Prime Minister; let it be a question asked in good faith’, Charles told the Times.

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28 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    September 22, 2016 at 11:49 am Reply

    Miss.Charles then could you be truthful about $499,000.00 that people have been asking you about????? It is only fair that you start being truthful about all the matters that you know about…. Thank you..

    1. Anon1
      September 23, 2016 at 9:08 am Reply

      Hear hear! You see the hypocrisy with these people.

  2. Anonymous
    September 22, 2016 at 12:11 pm Reply

    Everyone must speak the truth and report the facts. Please remember this.

  3. Anonymous
    September 22, 2016 at 12:18 pm Reply

    Reporters should report the facts and Prime Ministers should speak the truth. The prime minister obviously believes that he is above being questioned about certain issues. You cannot decide what questions should be asked by reporters. If a question is asked just answer. You wanted the job be prepared to answer some tough inconvenient questions.

  4. henry
    September 22, 2016 at 12:58 pm Reply

    Oh stop this nonsense. Everybody knows that Rehanni Isidore and Miguel Feverier are operatives of SLP. If I waa the chief communicatiob officer, I wouldn’t allow them anywhere near the prime minister. They take all rumours from SLAP and report on it. Makibg the public believe thatsits true. What a shame.

    1. Anon1
      September 23, 2016 at 9:09 am Reply

      Glad you’re not the Chief Of Communications!

  5. Nick
    September 22, 2016 at 1:02 pm Reply

    My sentiments exactly Henry. I don’t watch HTS news at all because of Rehanni Isidore and Miguel. Its a shame. I noticed that a while back, their reporting is no way balaned. Its just anti-chastanet. And every stupid slp press release makes the headline

    1. Ti Avocar
      September 28, 2016 at 9:32 am Reply

      Of Course “Nick”: Cause it does not represent your bias.

  6. Anonymous
    September 22, 2016 at 1:25 pm Reply

    Our PM went into offensive and then defensive mode. He was asked a question and responded with a question and did not even wait for the reporter to fully respond. Why I wonder was our PM behaving like a “street brawler”? The fact remains that there was a release by some establishment which left itself open to misinterpretation, that release was quickly removed and no explanation given for the release in the first instance. A simply “it should never have happened …..” .

  7. Wang Feng
    September 22, 2016 at 1:48 pm Reply

    Nancy can you answer why Allen Chsstsnet name is still listed as the Nanager of coco Palms?? Shouldn’t we know the truth about that too? Why was the press release suddenly removed from SLHTA Website? Why are the Du Bouleys on every Board?? If The Government practice transparency, people would have no reason to speculate..

  8. sweetness
    September 22, 2016 at 2:27 pm Reply

    Nancy you know how your hands long.. I leave you for the Prime Minister when he speaks to you like like this he slaps u too. Who the hell in Authority speaks to anyone like this. Let him do some Human Resource Management and stop making excuses for his reckless behaviour. RIHANI didn’t know the lucian word for him

    1. Anon1
      September 23, 2016 at 9:11 am Reply

      Not Human Resource Management he needs Anger Management and Diplomatic Etiquette lessons!

  9. Anonymous
    September 22, 2016 at 2:29 pm Reply

    But who is Chastnet to believe he is above the question? I well think the Prince is staying at Coco Palm and thats why he was offended. Choops

  10. J.J
    September 22, 2016 at 2:46 pm Reply

    You all need to give our P.M a break, election is over he his there now and will be there for the next election again, As a reporter Rehanni have to get is facts right and stop with the rumors, and article was posted on the matter, he just had to do some research, Coco palm is not the only hotel the Prince will be visiting, and in the article Coco Palm posted on rolling the red carpet, you all need to read this article again and understand it, there is not one part i saw the Prince will be staying there, but because Coco palm has affiliations with the P.M you all had to jump on it and spread rumors.
    When they talk about the VAt everyone said no is wasn’t true only to just put it in your pipe and smoke it.
    What about the contacts that Dr. K renew just befor election with no clause nobody isnt saying anything, but ou all are on the P.M back give him his chance he is our P.M and will bring sunshine back to St-Lucia. Come as one and try to bring the country back and stop the lying and crap.

    1. Sad-But-True
      September 22, 2016 at 3:56 pm Reply

      Stop echoing the Ignorance from your white master’s mouth, house-slave!

    2. Anon1
      September 23, 2016 at 9:13 am Reply

      But surely if the reporter is asking the question doesn’t mean he/she is trying to get the facts!

      Isn’t that what journalism is about.

      1. Loreta
        September 28, 2016 at 10:41 am Reply

        Responsible journalism will afford the one and opportunity to do some research ahead of discussions on a topic.

  11. DD
    September 22, 2016 at 4:55 pm Reply

    You hear lie that is lie! You mean to tell me Coco Palm was referring to the Prince coming to St Lucia talking about royal treatment from St Lucia. Oh please! Give me a break. If you hacks think we daft then you are fools. A not well written press release was released. It was taken down but was NOT replaced. So tell me!.
    PM was waiting for the question but the response got him in the defense and attack. The reporter being young did not attack that was his down fault. PM please control yourself. Very poor taste. I see what was said about you showing. Please learn fast or else!

    1. Anonymous
      September 22, 2016 at 6:14 pm Reply

      or else what? if yall had any power it wouldn’t be 11-6 so get over it. pm can talk to anyone as he sees necessary

      1. Anonymous
        September 23, 2016 at 7:25 am Reply

        Wow. You guys really act like slaves.

    2. Anon1
      September 23, 2016 at 9:25 am Reply

      If you’re referring to the article on SLHTA, I would say the article was cleverly written however not cleverly enough.

      And I tell you why, the article was an attempt to increase business for the hotel.

      As a marketer myself if I worked for the Coco Palm Hotel I would have done the same but slight different.

      Note the article NEVER stated the Prince would be staying at the hotel. Some of us can’t read and understand what we read.

      There may have been an insinuation that he maybe.

      However the line stating “royal seal of approval” was definitely wrong and I would not be surprised if the SLHTA and Coco Palm hotel received a call from either Buckingham Palaces’ solicitors direct or via the British High Commission demanding the removal or face legal action.

      In a nutshell a potentially clever marketing plough which back fired in a MAJOR way.

      PLP Attache

      1. Ti Avocar
        September 28, 2016 at 9:39 am Reply

        Anon1: I can summarise your explanation in one word – misleading. Or would you prefer lying.

  12. Just don't care
    September 22, 2016 at 6:55 pm Reply

    Sipping my tea

  13. IG
    September 22, 2016 at 11:07 pm Reply

    Shut the hell up, he can’t speak to anyone as he pleases, don’t forget we put him there and we can remove him. He is king of lies calling someone lair to their face, respected is earned not demanded.

  14. Anonymous
    September 23, 2016 at 10:17 am Reply

    Kenny was jus pushing tings down our throats and we were like salves then,so plz remember folks(SLP)

  15. JJ
    September 23, 2016 at 12:52 pm Reply

    Lol lol are ull blind or still have wax from kenny dirt. If he was good d country wouldn’t hav switch so badly he barely took his seat. Election is over try to help to push d country forward instead. I swear all this slp party hack r d most ignorant ppl. Ull need to chill n accept defeat. Kenny wont come back never again.

    1. Boujon Guiyave
      September 23, 2016 at 1:52 pm Reply

      But it seem it will take a miracle for Chastanet to last his full legitimate term in office!

  16. Me
    September 28, 2016 at 7:44 am Reply

    Trump-net

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