Some people only learn when you hit them
over the head with a sledge hammer. I wrote a simple letter that it is my
opinion that Visnu Bisram in Guyana and in Trinidad has sympathies to
certain political/ethnic groups and as such he should eliminate himself from
further polling in these two countries.
After all Mr. Editor how can anyone take
a pollster seriously who tells us that Mr. Sharma's death announcements is the
most popular television programme in the country? Perhaps CN should put
advertisements in his death announcements it certainly warrants it according to
this charlatan Bisram. He has now written two letters trying to convince me or
the public or himself, that he has credibility, there is also a letter penned
by one Balliram Suchit in the Kaiteur news dated Tuesday November 25th
captioned "Bisram is an impartial commentator" this letter refers to surveys by
Bisram in May and in July showing that the PPP is losing support and that
people are dissatisfied with their handling of the economy and amidst numerous
other observations which studiously records Bisrams writings dating back to three
years ago when Bisram criticised the PPP by saying that they were inept at the
handling of the floods!? Mr. Editor isn't it very curious and suspicious that
we have a Mr. Suchit who is so completely familiar with all of Bisram's
findings and is supporting him as an impartial commentator in your columns?
I am afraid that all of this failed to
impress me, including the letter form Balliram Suchit if he exists and that is
my honest position.
The recent US election which Bisram
told us and which started this whole letter exchange the US election would be
closer than predicted, ended with Mr. Obama winning 53% of the popular vote and
365 of the electoral seats whilst Mr. Mc Cain got 46% of the popular vote and
only 173 of the electoral seats. I maintain that Bisram was wrong since there
was nothing close about it. Furthermore I am unable to find polls showing the
disparity in the Obama victory as high as Bisram is telling us in his letter
which was published in the Kaiteur news of Sunday November 2nd 2008.
Nowhere have I found projections with such large margins of winning; what
is apparent is that Mr. Obana won convincingly and there was nothing close
about this race.
This is not the first time that Bisram
has failed to cover himself with glory with his predictions, in one of the
Caribbean islands I think Antigua he was totally wrong.
It is clear to me that Bisram relies on
official tracking polls in other places and makes educated guesses as to what
the outcome will or will not be. There is nothing scientific about this
assuming that you are a busybody with enough time on your hands to follow these
things. I must say that up to the day before the US elections even the people
at CNN, Fox News and MSNBC who were keeping excellent up to date figures of these
events with daily and even hourly projections were surprised that Mr. Obama won
so convincingly; so much so that three hours after the polls closed in the
eastern time zone at 11 PM Eastern Standard time [12 midnight Guyana time] CNN
declared Mr. Obama the winner whilst the people in the western time zone, Hawaii
and Alaska were still voting.
Why would I, having to access to all of
this be interested in the meagre writings of Bisram? Especially since I
consider him as having an agenda in Guyana and in Trinidad; and since Trinidad
and Guyana are the only places with racial voting the public is free to
speculate on what Bisram's agenda is.
As far as my agenda is concerned the
public is in receipt of all of my commentaries and analyses and they are
recorded in my website www.tonyvguy.com I
have made no secret of the fact that I believe that the PPP is doing a poor job
of governing this country, to say that I support them is ludicrous.
As far as my integrity/impartiality is
concerned I have stopped doing any political or other commentaries in The
Evening News since it is not possible to present myself as an impartial
commentator when sitting in the opposition benches in parliament, that was my
personal decision which I think gives me some credibility, where is Mr.
I am not aware that anyone who has ever
asked to respond to anything I or the Evening News had ever reported was denied
the right to respond, Mr. Adam Harris can support me on this, it is just not our
style nor is it our style to manufacture letters to help us make our point.
In Fact both in 2001 and in 2006 VCT,
whilst showing a slight bias to the opposition parties, broke less elements of
the media code we signed on to, than any other TV station which does a newscast.
To keep my integrity intact in the electoral
period 2006 I removed my commentary from the newscast completely, since I was
writing as a candidate for the opposition and by doing so I did not abuse my
position as publisher of the Evening News, do not speak to me about integrity
Bisram, you do not know the meaning of the word; perhaps you can get Mr. Suchit
to write another ridiculous letter disputing all of this.
I still accuse you of having a
political/racial agenda in Guyana and in Trinidad and you and Suchit can write
until you turn blue it will not change that view, I am afraid that for me it is
written in stone.
As such I will not respond to any further
letters from you, what you did in 2006 by publishing that poll 24 hours before
the Guyana elections especially since the Guyanese voters are not as sophisticated
as the US voters and would be affected by it was unforgivable and for that act
no Guyanese in opposition to the PPP in this country should ever forgive you
for doing so and the editor's note in my letter in the Stabroek News declared
that Mr. David De Caries himself thought that it was too close to the elections
and did not publish it.
That you occasionally deliver a small
jab to the PPP so that you can maintain the illusion of impartiality in order
to deliver a knock out punch to the opposition at the right/crucial time is
noted. It is an old strategy I just thought that I would point it out to the
Anthony Vieira MS MP