Fr Joe Borg, a commentator, blogger and University lecturer has just blogged on The Times that the anonymous letter placed on the PBS web-site that threatened its presenters with eviction next Monday, is part of an intimidation campaign by Labour. Ministers have appointed him as their consultant on PBS for many years.
Whilst we unreservedly condemn any such threats, we cannot accept Fr Borg’s spurious pious words, when PBS presenters have systematically carried out an anti-Labour campaign which has even been condemned by the Broadcasting Authority.
Fr Borg has no proof that the anonymous letter was posted by a Labour supporter. In fact, given the dirty tricks campaign conducted by the Nationalist Party and its supporters, one cannot exclude that it was posted by an agent provocateur. Worse things are known to have happened (Terinu).
Fr Borg claims that Dr Muscat has failed to enforce a code of ethics on Super One and Maltastar journalists. Apparently, he is an avid reader and follower of the PL media, but turns a blind eye to the obscenities committed by other journalists on the PN media and in blogs on supposedly independent newspapers, where bile and inflammatory language is the order of the day.
Fr Borg would have been more credible in his appeal had he asked the PN leader also to control the hotheads in the PN, rather than concentrating on Dr Muscat. We are glad that Fr Borg has not been intimidated. Perhaps one day he will write about the pernicious anti-labour bias of “journalists” employed by the State broadcaster. Is it coincidence that nobody has accused the PBS presenters of anti-PN bias?