ANC again lashes out at media

2011-05-16 15:46

Johannesburg - The ANC again criticised the media on Monday over its coverage of the 2011 local government election.

"For a big part of this campaign, we had to swim against the media," ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said at a meeting with political journalists and editors.

The meeting was called to discuss the party's 2011 election campaign, but was dominated by debate over the media's coverage of the ANC ahead of the May 18 polls.

‘Analysis couched as fact’

Mantashe said that for much of the campaign, the ANC had had to "rise" against the media.

He said journalists in the print media "couched analysis as facts". The electronic media repeatedly showed negative images, without mentioning the positives.

"You stage-manage the message that comes out on electronic media," Mantashe said.

Journalists raised their own concerns, saying the ANC needed to manage its communication better.

Mantashe responded that if the ANC tried to manage the media better, the media would "cry control".

Tampering with messages

Citing editorials in two newspapers, which Mantashe did not name, he said they either "viciously" attacked the ANC or said nothing at all about the party.

He also criticised the media for "tampering" with ANC messages, saying the media felt it had a "monopoly of wisdom to know what society wants to hear".

"The media, for God's sake, must not tamper with our messages... give us a blackout rather."

Earlier in the campaign, the ANC questioned the timing of certain stories published in the mainstream press, including reports on a plot by senior ANC members to oust President Jacob Zuma.

  • Matt - 2011-05-16 15:54

    The ANC control the SABC, The New Age - then they must be referring to ETV and anything related to News24. Excuse them for reporting facts...

      DeonL - 2011-05-16 16:20

      Tshepo were you not told the revolution ended in 1994?

      The Observer - 2011-05-16 16:21

      anc plonker. We not worried. You'll never silence the media. With the today's communication tools (like the internet, twiter etc.) you might hold a newspaper for ransom but you'll never silence the media or people in total. And now the media can sit in any country and write what they want and you can do nothing about that finish en klaar. Do you know where 702 comes from? Go read up, it will emphasize my point. Or are you going to stop that twatter fing and dat fing called the internet?funny you call yourself the anc black angel, what your name actually states is "anc angel of death". fitting i would say.

      RVQ - 2011-05-16 16:25

      @ANCBlackAngel you speak like a true African dictator! If you not in a place of power then you will join the rest of us in the trenches when your great ANC cuts your tongue off...

      Phlegm - 2011-05-16 16:28

      Hey Tshepo, as you have now changed your name to imply that you are an angel don't you want to jump off a very high building and test your wings?

      saabnut - 2011-05-16 16:39

      @ Maki: And yet you persist in posting your drivel here.

      Andre Grobler - 2011-05-16 16:47

      ANCBlackAngel your nick and comments suggest that you're some whitey attempting to incite people against the stereotype of ANC supporters. Could you kindly, erm, SOD OFF with the childish games? This is a grown-ups forum ^_^.

      Rolie - 2011-05-16 17:01

      @Maki - when you remove your head from your backside then maybe you will see the light you one eyed ignoramus. The SABC are the most biaised media in the country. They don't report the good things theDA does or the bad things done by the ANC. They only report the pearls of wisdom - if you'll pardon the sarcasm - that come out of Zuma and Malema's mouths.

      CNA-LOL-BS - 2011-05-16 17:01

      @maki - you are such a blind idiot!!

  • advurt - 2011-05-16 15:54

    Hey Gwede: If the media has nothing good to say about the ANC, then perhaps you should pull your head out of your @ss and pay attention to the fact that probably your ANC government and buddies are doing a poor job!!

      TK - 2011-05-16 16:21

      I don't know wats wrong with this politicians,they are very ignorant,when media was reporting about DA toilet saga,it heil the media.The following makes ANC more news worthy than other parties 1) Provincial leadership fighting for positions 2) Service delivery protests 3) Minister visiting his girlfriend inprison abroad with taxpayers money 4) ANC heavy weights plotting to remove Jacob Zuma. this is news worthy, dont blame the media.Where there's smoke, ther's fire.

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-05-16 15:58

    Mantashe, society does not want to hear songs such as 'bring me my gun' and 'shoot the boer'! The ANC has monopolized the SABC with it's election messages. Filling the FNB stadium with children too young to vote to get SABC to cover the event. Who is tampering now ?

  • JMan - 2011-05-16 15:59

    They are just telling it like it is..... Stop singing "kill the boer", stop being corrupt, stop being lazy, stop whinging about the media and start delivering on services, start implementing all you promises......etc short: stop giving the media so much to write about and do your bl**dy jobs.

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-05-16 16:01

    I sincerely hope Zuma does get ousted. He is not Nelson Mandela's dream for the ANC! Oh and would be great if the media did give the ANC a total black out.

      DW - 2011-05-16 16:53

      Imagine if there was a total (and I mean TOTAL, including in newspapers like Sowetan) blackout on what Malema has to say. He wouldnt get very far. He plays to the media, knowing that he will be on every tv set and in every newspaper the next day. He loves the limelight. The best way to sort him out is simply to ignore his rants. Without a platform, he will soon fizzle out.

  • Mchana - 2011-05-16 16:03

    Apartheid agents media.undermining our freedom and willing to take this country back to racial divisions.

      The Observer - 2011-05-16 16:12

      Nope. It is the anc cadres who is undemining freedom and willing to take this country back to racial divisions.

      DeonL - 2011-05-16 16:22

      Apartheid was taken off the law books in 1990, this is 21 years ago. Please wake up.

      Maki - 2011-05-16 16:28

      You said it. We do not want the media muzzled, we just want them to tell the truth.

      saabnut - 2011-05-16 16:41

      @ Maki again: someone tell us the truth you so glibly aspire to, about the arms deal and all the colonialist DA supporters that would go to jail if your invaluable TRUTH ever came out. HYPOCRITE!!!

  • GBES - 2011-05-16 16:05

    Mantashe, are an old stalinist commie.Your days are long gone.We have a democracy,and unsavoury facts about the anc are also news. Use the government tv channnels ( SABC1-2-3)to make your long boring speeches.First you want to make a muzzle law for ONLY the print media.Now you starting a campaign to villify the electronic media.Whats next..A campaign against Facebook ? Twitter. If you do more bad than good,the bad will become news worthy.Its what democrats call "Freedom of Expression".Understand ? If the anc improve service delivery,I bet the news will follow you positively.

  • patrickb - 2011-05-16 16:08

    Would someone please say something nice about the avaricious, incompetent, thieving and totally ineffective ANC! Give them a chaaaaaaaaaaaance...............

  • Gabba - 2011-05-16 16:08

    Man! The ANC are looking more and more desperate on a daily basis!....This is fun to watch them squirm!... :)

      SDR - 2011-05-16 16:26

      @ANCBlackAngelDeathWish : Just like the ANC is useless, spineless and pathetic hey, proven many times by their racist and often stupid public remarks. You are lost forever...

      Maki - 2011-05-16 16:29

      Yes, desperate to correct the wrongs of the past.

      RVQ - 2011-05-16 16:51

      @ANCBlackAngel what about the number of ANC supporters that have chosen not to show up on the 18th? Luthuli house is aware of this that is why they keep insisting voters come to vote on the 18th for change! I'm trying to figure out what change are they referring to?

      DW - 2011-05-16 16:55

      Want to bet on that ANCBlackDevil? DA voters WILL vote on Wednesday and the ANC WILL get a hiding. You will be back next week trying some other ploy like alleging vote rigging or ballot box stuffing (things which we KNOW the ANC has done in the past)

      Phlegm - 2011-05-16 16:58

      @Tshepo (blackangel, 13th disciple or whatever!) Your free T shirt will shrink in the wash, the smile on Zuma's face on the same shirt will fade and soon you will not be able to taste that free chicken and boerie roll you enjoyed at the party, and then sadly, without change we are back to the same crap on a daily basis - lying, stealing, nepotism, mismanagement and zero accountability for the perpetrators! Vuka, ANC, Vuka!

      Mike - 2011-05-16 16:59

      @ Maki : By creating new ones? Its rather amusing to see how misguided you sheep are! I guess the homelands education did wonders for you....

      CNA-LOL-BS - 2011-05-16 17:05

      cna-black angel, that is the only thing the "cna" can do, is party, steal, waiste money - but i guess, that is all they know what to do - because they certainly cannot run a country!!!!

      Janneman27 - 2011-05-16 17:13

      @ANCBlackAngel > The DA supporters in the Cape are busy working, not partying. They prefer earning their salaries rather than stealing them and partying the rest of the time.

      CygnusX1 - 2011-05-16 19:28

      @ ANCBlackAngel.....if you had a "blast" at a political rally you really need to get out more! Pratt!

  • Alfred - 2011-05-16 16:12

    I agree with the toothy billy goat. When another ANC minister is caught with his paws in the cookie jar it's pretty insensitive to just say, "Another useless thieving ANC minister has been caught with his paws in the cookie jar". They should rather say, "Another victim of apartheid has been criticized by the racist, counter-revolutionary whites for simply redistributing wealth which he's entitled to anyway because he once threw a stone at a police car in 1983."

      afroman - 2011-05-16 19:27

      continuation of the stament"which then the police from the car shot his brother in the head for being a terrorist of white supremasy government with an R5 and burned his house down moved them from where they originally were and put them in so called townships in small canal like houses.This meant that the white occupied more land had good positions by virtue of coulor(whichi still happens today)and blacks(or you people as it is Known nowadays) had poverty and limited information,and access to information(not allowed to be in whatever teriary institution you liked) thus leading to a society that is impoverished and left to die.As the white peoples god used to say to black people"adapt or die" meaning to poverty,lack/non existant services and killing of anyone who though a black person should be regarded as a human being.I hate corruption but I HATE EVEN MORE THE WAY THE MEDIA DEPICTS THE ANC AND BLACK PEOPLE.

  • BigMoose - 2011-05-16 16:12

    Yes Gwede, and a judge has just ruled that your favourite song is hate speech, so do you really expect us to believe anything you say?

      shane.jacoby - 2011-05-16 16:27

      Are you crazy? That judge is a racist counter-revolutionary bloody agent who stands in the way of progress??? EVERYTHING is counter-revolutionary according to the ANC if it's not with them...

  • Jawellnofine - 2011-05-16 16:14

    You can hide the truth for just so long. The cupboard can hold only so many skeletons before they start opening the door from the inside.

  • bill - 2011-05-16 16:16

    Gwede , you idiots are so inarticulate - thats your problem.Where are your " intellectuals" ?The ANC is now the party of the uneducated rabble which has been so tribalised by the corrupt zuma that it will do irreparable damage to South Africa merely to keep a criminal in power.

  • Mundu - 2011-05-16 16:18

    They make it so easy for the media to pick on them....they are not very swift at being corrupt. Like pigs eating jam...the evidence is all over their faces.

      g t - 2011-05-16 16:33

      LOL ... what an image that creates! Well put sir

  • M - 2011-05-16 16:23

    Obviously Mantashe has never heard of saying: Actions speak louder than words.

  • Kevin - 2011-05-16 16:24

    Gwede should accept the fact that the media are free to report on the election the way they see fit. If he doesn't like the reports then they should change the way they go about governing. Its called democracy.

      Maki - 2011-05-16 16:30

      since when? They must stick to facts and leave their opinions out of it.

      saabnut - 2011-05-16 16:45

      A Maki AGAIN: The facts, you say. We are still waiting for the arms deal facts, and Zuma's prima facie corruption case, and the local government report from last week, and, and, and- the list is endless. Go and vote ANC- you need them to cover up your idiocy and hypocrisy.

      Umshini Wam - 2011-05-16 16:50

      I agree with Maki. Newspapers need to be like encyclopedia's. No opinion. Only cold hard facts. Unfortunately it would still end up with the ANC looking bad. Facts dont lie either :(

      Bacon - 2011-05-16 16:58

      For once Maki I agree with you, however, the facts don't exactly show the ANC in a favourable light.

  • g t - 2011-05-16 16:31

    Your party, Gwede, tampers with the democracy of our country. You should be ashamed of the damage you and your "comrades" have caused in recent years.

  • alvin - 2011-05-16 16:31 loser. Admit defeat like a real man (if you can course) and do not blame the media. Blame yourself. The ANC is finished

  • - 2011-05-16 16:37

    OK, here's your blackout. Hey, Black, OUT!!!

  • Spoofed - 2011-05-16 16:38

    they really are gong to point fingers at everybody but themselves until the very last hey?

  • Daan - 2011-05-16 16:38


  • Mike or Mpho - 2011-05-16 16:42

    Basically what this clown is complaining about is that they do not have complete control of their propaganda machine. Go jump, welcome to democracy, ANC should try it out, they might just like it.

  • william.botha - 2011-05-16 16:45

    Then give them(media) something good to report.

  • Sputs - 2011-05-16 16:46

    the guilty are afraid

  • willieman - 2011-05-16 16:55

    Mr Mantashe you have never attacked your corrupt comrades,by your own admission 90%+ of ANC run municipalities are disfunctional is that statement coming from media or you.Please what ever you are smoking do not mix it with anything

  • CNA-LOL-BS - 2011-05-16 16:59

    It's all part of the game you "cna" idiots!!! There is nothing positive that the "cna" has done during the election campaign accept for spewing on the other political parties and I think you are scared "........." because the real "cna" is being shown in the media for a change!!!

  • Horst - 2011-05-16 17:05

    Hmm, more and more do I get the feeling, here is a dangerous man, dangerous to our democracy, we better watch him and hope he doesn't make it to president.

  • Janneman27 - 2011-05-16 17:07

    OK, so they prefer to fight with the media at a media hearing and then complain that the media have been cutting them out despite mentioning that they would rather be cut out than portrayed as "bad" all whilst they are behaving pretty badly towards the media... Sheesh, the ANC are even more confused than COPE...I wonder if it's something in their DNA?

  • JM - 2011-05-16 17:22

    Turns out his family informed the media Madiba voted DA? He said the ANC is destroying South Africa with racial divide. He said: "DA is the only hope for a better future for all South Africans".

  • Boerseun - 2011-05-16 17:29

    It's always a fact that the criminals hate those who expose their evil. The ANC's evil is so open and widespread that not even the worst reporter could miss it.

  • afroman - 2011-05-16 18:25

    I notice that apartheid has got a new name called "the past" and the reason why malema is hated so much is that he notices that white ppl just want to pretand as if it has never happened and thus nothing needs to be corrected.the reason why I grew up int the township is that townships were designed by your (white people) gods to confine us in one space which is not fit for a dog and use us as cheap labour(which still happens today)and for it to stay like that forever.Now white people can call a black man stupid in public and there is no court action,can kill a black person then claim to mistaken them for a baboon,piss in food and give it to my black mother and claim childish play by the way what happen to the murder case of the rugby player and that of the afrikaneer pedophile family?????By the way the statue of paul kruger is still there at Tshwane and I still drive every day on jan smuts ave. similarity they are both murderes,I suppose such topics don't interest the media except to subtly play racist against the ANC hey white people???

      CygnusX1 - 2011-05-16 19:36

      afroman...and all the roads across the country being renamed too black murderers? Statues being erected depicting black murderers. You only know what propaganda has been fed to you, year in and year out, and little or nothing else. The ANC by way of prominent leaders in the party have stated publicly that it is a party for Black people! So black boy, take your racist attitude and ram up your poopshoot!

  • Carl Muller - 2011-05-16 18:51

    I just wonder why they are against you, maybe because you want to stop free speech so they can not report your corruption.....

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