The deputy leader of Saint Lucia’s National Green Party (NGP), Aaron Alexander, is not happy with media coverage of his organisation’s election campaign.
“I would expect there to be a little more balance when it comes to the reporting on the various party activities, our meetings and some of our plans and policies etc. We find that most times when the media houses are featuring or having a political news piece, they would mention the stories emanating out of the two main political parties so to speak and they do not highlight some of the plans and policies coming from the green party,” Alexander said on Thursday when he called in to Newsspin on Real FM.
In this regard, he expressed the view that there may be some media bias towards the two main political parties – the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) and the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP).
“We are pretty much being kept in the dark when it comes to exposing our policies and plans, so I am a bit concerned about that,” Alexander declared.
But Newsspin host, Timothy Poleon pointed out that the NGP had been given ‘a lot of air time’ in the form of radio and television news coverage, as well as appearances on radio and television talk shows.
“I think it has everything to do with what you sell and how you sell it and whether it is resonating with the voters of Saint Lucia,” Poleon asserted.
However, Alexander’s response was that what resonates with the people is what is put out by the media.
He stated that when the media consistently highlight the policies and plans of the two more established political parties, then that would resonate more with the public.
Alexander also admitted that the NGP has been given air time, but explained that when the media are presenting a political news piece, they present a viewpoint from the United Workers Party and a counter viewpoint from the Saint Lucia Labour Party and end there.
“Where’s the viewpoint from the green party? So that’s what I’m talking about,” he stated.