DP Ruto, through his Director of Communications Team Hussein Mohammed wrote to the Nation Media Group CEO, Stephen Gitagama, complaining of bias in news coverage, especially
in political dialogue.
The Kenya Kwanza team has issues with the way coverage is provided by NMG pointing to the Sunday lead story as a misrepresentation of facts about Ruto’s alleged confession of nearly slapping President Uhuru Kenyatta.
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Mohammed counters the Nation for using the story ‘Day I almost slapped Uhuru’ to negatively profile the Kenya Kwanza at this dire time the electioneering period is around the door.
“Instead of a focus on the Kenya Kwanza manifesto which he termed a Revolutionary policy changing step, the NMG is incessantly evading reporting on the manifesto as they intensify biased framing as well as negative profiling of the Kenyan Kwanza Campaign,” Hussein said.
The letter read, “We note our displeasure with your media house’s decision to not only distort facts but out rightly publish fabricated and imaginative stories whose agenda only you can explain. The story is evidently a deliberate misinterpretation with an aim to create a misunderstanding and persuade or negatively bias the reader to advance political ends.”
NTV’s Sunday headline turned out to be amongst other headlines aimed at tarnishing Kenya Kwanza’s hold and image on the run for August Polls.
Hussein a former Citizen journalist, took an issue with Nation’s story on June 2-Ruto: I’ll Probe Uhuru after Polls. An issue he distanced the DP and his Kenya Kwanza team from as the contents of the story weren’t a reality.
“At no point did the Kenya Kwanza and UDA presidential candidate or the coalition principals state that they will probe President Uhuru Kenyatta after forming the next government,” Mohammed Hussein said.
In reference to the recent finding by the Media Council of Kenya (MCK), Ruto reminded Gitagama that his station was among the media houses listed for propagating skewed coverage worsening the fact by giving misrepresented facts.
In conclusion, Hussein in the missive to Gitagama urged for basic decency despite the media house’s affiliation to a political side. Calling on the NMG to publicly declare their one-sided support instead of hinting and stance on objectivity at missing impartiality.