We all know that media is there to inform, not pander. Or is it? To be clear to pander is to appease or gratify, and often in a negative, self-serving way. Which is what the Guam media has been doing to the Guam public for so long.
I’ve followed and collected some articles about Micronesia that appeared to pander and shared on this very blog:
Inaccurate data on Micronesian in Hawaii (This is from Hawaii, but same idea)
These are not the only ones, mind you. Just some from my on-going collection of what I call not so true news.
Another one bites the….
I’ll add another one here, as I share this recent editorial (with no named author) by the Guam Daily Post.
The editorial, titled “FSM sits on a pile of cash, while Guam struggles to provide services to its citizens” basically dismisses the compact of free association between two sovereign countries (US and FSM) and inserts a colony (Guam) in the middle of it.
Where does one begin? Well, take a look at the comments and you’ll see that you cannot fool the people, even people from Micronesia:
Kind of surprised at the half baked editorial.
This is some onesided and blinded bias report which probably be meaningful if you weigh the actual damages FSM citizens costs to Guam economy
Please get your facts straight before claiming that the Federation sits on a lot of gold under a rainbow.
Those are just the mild ones. There are more. It is very obvious for anyone who has a little knowledge of the compact of free association, that the article was not using facts.
What it comes down to
Here is what it comes down to. FSM, RMI and Palau citizens are legal immigrants. You can’t get any more legal than us. We can come and go to the US and it’s possessions. It’s US Public Law..
The compact of free association is not between the US Colony of Guam and compact of free association (COFA) countries. It is between NATIONS. The USA and the COFA NATIONS.
Guam and their media continue to portray the situation as if we are outsiders. We are not. As if we are illegal. We are not. Maybe it is because we remind them of their political status (Colony) and their location (Micronesia). You, Guam, are in MICRONESIA. Be kind to your self and to your neighbors.
This is what it comes down to. Enough of the politics. Let’s put people before the politics, and PLEASE report FACTS, remember we are all in this situation together, and act accordingly.
See you on the next blog… or podcast.