By Marica Micallef
There are other instances when, this time, the media took some time before publishing articles stating what I had already stated months before. Well, they say it is better late than never!
On 17th May 2021, my blog “What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution all about” was published. TOM confirmed it with its article of 28th January 2022, “Our green and digital future” written by Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi, Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds, in which he confirmed that we are living through the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Sadly, in this article, there is no mention that this information had been given to the public by a normal citizen, eight months before.
On 2nd August 2022, my piece “The pandemic brought about an irreversible emotional damage in teenagers” was taken up by Newsbook’s article of 20th August, entitled “Is-saħħa mentali ta’ dawk bejn 13 u 18-il sena l-aktar affetwata bil-Covid – studju” [“We’re not taking Covid’s impact on mental health seriously enough – Profs. Azzopardi].
In other instances, the media took another path:
In the 29th of August piece, entitled “A government should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones”, I questioned whether our economy is truly doing well as PM Abela says when we have more families making use of food banks. TOM rebutted with its same date one called “Economy grows strongly, as unemployment stays at record low.”
In the 26th of August publication “Questions to ponder about when it comes to the monkeypox vaccines”, I queried the need for such vaccines when the authorities and the media itself had just reported 30 cases. TOM rebutted with its article “Monkeypox rate in Malta is one of the highest in Europe”, justifying such a purchase.
Lastly, in the 30th of August blog, entitled “The government has started the first steps to drive the Maltese nation to a monitored carbon score system via the climate change agenda” where I had written:
“More importantly, the public sector is leading by example [meaning, we started from the public sector so that then we can impose on the rest of the nation] and encouraging everyone to focus on our environmental targets and the attainment of our long-term decarbonisation obligations;”
I had inserted my comment in brackets, using the verb “impose” as an opposing verb to the spokesperson’s use of the verb “encouraging”.
It is very important for a writer’s style to convey anything to the readers which penetrates the medium of writing.
What does TOM do? TOM copies the same pun by putting the word “encouraged” in its heading to its article published on Facebook on 31st August, retaliating with the title that this response is a “public education campaign”. By putting the verb “encouraged” in inverted commas, TOM was using the same pun while guiding the readers to understand “encouraged” in an opposing context.
This makes one wonder, considering that we have a long-time established institutionalised media with employed, full-time, paid, qualified journalists…
As Nikola Tesla had stated, “I do not regret that others have stolen my ideas, rather than why they haven’t their own.”
Albeit what many bad tongues have spawned out at me, mocking me, describing me in rude words, concluding fake things about me, inventing lies like “she is after fame” or “she is getting paid for each blog”, I keep on walking my own path because I choose to respond, and not react.
“Rudeness is the weak person’s imitation of strength (Eric Hoffer)”, while lies are cheap.
A comment I came across on Facebook transmits so much beyond:
I am sure that there are readers out there who, with each blog published, are understanding the various paths that each blog is meant to take them on. This God-endowed mission keeps me going. So thus my thirst for truth and justice. So thus my love and respect towards humanity.
A big thank you of appreciation goes to Profs Simon Mercieca for, not only is he the creator of this platform, but also for offering it to me so I can be a voice heard, and a bigger thank you to all those who contribute via their readership, on behalf of humanity in the name of Justice and Truth.