Bi­ased word count

Finweek English Edition - - LETTERS -

AS AN EDI­TOR I think you should have been more bal­anced with your cover story (14 July). I counted more “ANC” words in it than any other po­lit­i­cal party, if any other were men­tioned. There was no men­tion what­so­ever of corruption in the pri­vate sec­tor. The tax eva­sion schemes we have re­cently read about – pa­raded as tax plan­ning by the ed­u­cated white col­lar sec­tor – have cost South Africa more than all the ar­ti­cles and num­bers men­tioned in your re­port com­bined.

How can an ar­ti­cle meant to cover corruption in SA end be­ing more about the ANC, Ja­cob Zuma and Gov­ern­ment? I can imag­ine the re­al­i­ties of rands and cents and the eco­nom­ics of ad­ver­tis­ing are fore­most in an edi­tor’s mind than bal­anced re­port­ing.

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