September 27, 2012 by soniauwimana
Who is paying Jason Stearns to spread misinformation about Rwanda, or is it more of a hobby?
This is not a complicated one for those who follow this blog.
AFP released a story two days ago from Brussels saying the European Union has suspended aid to Rwanda.
Stearns gleefully promoted the story via Twitter, repeating the use of the term “suspend” to describe the EU’s decision.
Yesterday, the EU releases a statement with the headline “EU aid to Rwanda has not been suspended”.
EU aid…“not suspended”. You see, the opposite of “suspended”.
Yes, that’s right. It’s in the headline the EU itself wrote in a statement specifically designed to correct the misreporting of AFP and others (including Stearns).
Last night, Stearns tweeted to one of a very small but doting band of fanboys that “AFP story has been confirmed”.
No, Jason: the AFP story was not confirmed; instead, it was directly and explicitly contradicted. And so were you. By the European Union themselves. In the headline.
But the supreme arrogance of Stearns means he expects his readership to believe an AFP story regarding aid from the EU to Rwanda even after it has been rejected as misleading by both EU and Rwanda.
This is because St Jason of Goma will not, or perhaps can not, admit when he is wrong.