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Opinions of Friday, 18 November 2005

Columnist: J. A. Fukuor/Daily Dispatch

Letter From The President: Don?t kill ?Palaver?

Countrymen and women, loyalists and opponents,

If there is one newspaper I hate in this country it is the Palaver. The Palaver is to the NDC what the Statesman is to the NPP. The only difference is that the Statesman seems to do the NPP?s propaganda with some intelligence and decorum. The Palaver delights in writing all sorts of vulgar untruths about me and my government officials. It hardly ever mentions my name without an insult. There is also a lot of profanity in the paper.

Most of the stories about me in the Palaver are based on lies and hearsay. As a result, the paper has lost its credibility ? at least amongst those who are not die hard NDC supporters. Such is the scale of the loss of credibility that even when they write stories that are almost true, very few non-NDC followers take them serious. I never read the Palaver but sometimes, I hear about some of the awful things they write about me.