Editorial: How the media and other groups have been misled by the crocodile tears of Raymond Archer

Many a time when certain events happen in the country, we are consumed by our emotive tendencies and subjectively run down institutions and agencies.

We allow familial relationships, friendships and other similar ties to dictate the pace and direction of our thoughts and opinions instead of shopping for the rationale behind such happenings.

The Ghana Trade Fair Company embarked on a demolition exercise to rid of ‘squatters’ on its land for a massive developmental agenda.

Raymond Archer, a friend to many journalists, got affected, and sentimentally ran down the Akufo-Addo Government for targeting him because of his affiliation with the opposition NDC.

His NDC friends took it from there, went to town and berated the Presidency of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for carrying out what they described as a political job.

Archer’s friends in the media gleefully told lengthy tales and winding fables and analogies all in support of their innocent friend.

None in these groups saw it needful to go beyond the bombastic jargons Archer used to describe his situation. None went out there to ascertain the veracity or otherwise of his claims of his equipment having been walked over by the heavy machines used to destroy the structures on the land.

The melodies Archer was singing were too pleasant to the ears that they captivated those who were itching to receive them.

It has emerged that Raymond Archer has been peddling falsehoods. He has lost no equipment nor machinery as claimed in his rantings on radio, according to business mogul, McDan, who happens to be the Board Chairman of the Ghana Trade Fair Company.

One wonders why Raymond Archer who had outlived his usefulness on the property of the Ghana Trade Fair Company would want to court sympathy riding on political affiliation.

The media, the Fourth Estate of the Realm, must look beyond the tears by digging deeper into such ‘sad’ storylines to come up with the facts. If the media could be misled in this manner, who else wouldn’t believe such stories?

Raymond Archer and all those living on the lands belonging to the Ghana Trade Fair Company were asked to vacate the premises as far back as 2012 when the NDC was in power.

This makes nonsense of his politically motivated assertion he is throwing about. It is worth mentioning the fact that Honourable Alexander Kwamena Afenyo-Markin, the Member of Parliament for Effutu also had his property on the land pulled down. How would he describe this predicament of Afenyo-Markin? Politically motivated?

Going forward, we should not be enthralled by the headlines alone. We should fish for the actual happenings in such headlines so that a Raymond Archer would not send the entire country to chase the rainbow.

P.K.Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.

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