Editor: The following letter is from @BintiM, a close friend of the blog. It voices an opinion shared by many on the reckless abuse of social media by the Capital in the Morning crew. It’s a good thing she wrote it because she’s a lot nicer than I am; and a lot of the complaints we’ve heard about it were a lot more incendiary. But an issue like this does require a calm voice, lest it get blown out of proportion.
Words By BINTIM
“Dear Capital Fm,
I write this letter to express my strong disapproval and disappointment with one of your Twitter accounts @984inthemorning.
On Thursday, morning they put up a tweet which was found by many to be in poor taste and with malicious intent of politicizing an already touchy issue. This was first expressed by @LordHastings who Retweeted it.
They deleted the said tweet and later put up another tweet which they tried to pass off as the original tweet.
They even went to the extent of threatening @LordHastings alleging he changed the original tweet.
The thing is this is Twitter and a lot of people had already seen the original tweet. But of more concern is the way they responded to people who called them out on it. The only words I can use to describe this are they were arrogant and unprofessional.
This is not the first time that the said account has responded to listeners in this way. We could ignore the previous incidents because all there was to lose was listeners and if the management doesn’t find fault with that, it’s their problem.
But Thursday’s tweets were even more irresponsible considering the political temperatures in at the moment. Capital FM is a station that is listened to all over the country. Lest we forget our country was almost brought to our knees not so long ago and the media played some part in this. It is important for Capital FM and other media houses to remember that they have a responsibility in ensuring that their station does NOT in any way propagate statements that may be interpreted by some to be agonistic.
I feel like it’s the responsibility of all Kenyans to make sure that our country is not dragged back to 2007. In this light I therefore request Capital Fm to officially address this issue, take responsibility and apologize to us, their loyal listeners who were offended. I believe that by doing so they will be setting a good precedent that they are for a united and peaceful Kenya.”