Recent interaction with the former President of the New York District of Staten Island Liberian Community, Madam Oretha Bestman Yates in the presence of the current Secretary General of the Community, Uray Pritchard expressing her frustration over issues she alluded to delaying appointment as Grand Bassa County Superintendent by the Liberian leader, and published in one of Liberia’s widely browse news network, www.gnnliberia.com has taken a different trend with Mrs. Yates denying ever speaking with the author.
Here Is How The Information Published Started
During my visit at the Staten Island Liberian Community Center on Park Hill in the office of the Secretary General of the Community, Mr. Uray Pritchard who I was briefly introduced to by a friend as a journalist from Liberia visiting the United States welcomed me and expressed happiness of my visit.
During the one-on-one friendly chat with Mr. Pritchard, who spoke highly of the level of work been done over the years by the Community to bring together over 10,000 Liberians in that part of the United States made them to always live in peace and harmony.
While this conversation was being heard between both of us in a cordial atmosphere, a lady with a glaring smile entered the office in her casual dress. This lady was introduced to me by Mr. Pritchard as Mrs. Oretha Bestman-Yates, former President of the Liberian Community in Staten Island, New York.
I also introduced myself as a Liberian journalist visiting the United States, and also presented to her my complimentary card or Call Card as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Editor of the Global News Network, in her response, Mrs. Yates expressed appreciation of my visit as she begin speaking about her disappointment, making reference of how she was ill-treated by some of her kinsmen while in Liberia.
Being aware of my profession as a journalist, and never hesitated to speak out about her frustration why in Liberia without keeping her thoughts and feedbacks from me, she accused some officials of being behind the delay of her appointment, a long awaited position she said made her to leave her family.
Mrs. Yates’ story about her ordeal from Liberia overshadowed the friendly chat that was taken place between the Secretary General and myself, as a journalist my focus was now on her with etching ears to hear the news about her alleged failed appointment by the Liberian leader and her subsequent relinquishing of her position as President of the Liberian community in the New York district of Staten Island.
During her endless explanation to me; wanting her plight to be known, Mrs. Yates even made reference of some officials in her home county, Grand Bassa County who she blamed of been behind the delay of her appointment.
She said she is indeed disappointed in those officials, and was now not any more interested in the position of becoming Superintendent again, noting, “I will now start my NGO in Liberia. I will seriously need your support to promote me,” she appealed.
What Mrs. Yates failed to realized is whenever a question is addressed to anyone from a journalist, the answer to that question solely deserves to be understood by the unseen eyes or ears and this will also help to publicly clarify those doubts that are being circulated amongst detractors.
The question that flips my lips, and pondered me, is why should Mrs. Yates publicly denied on Face Book that she never spoke to me as a journalist, when in fact she wanted her story to be hear and told by this journalist, to empathize her long stay in Liberia without the expected result.
What also perplexes me is why Mrs. Yates should call me and asked that the article written was okay, but needed some modification, and at the same time asked that the article be temporarily removed from the front page of our online newspaper, www.gnnliberia.com which was done based on her appeal in order for her to be favored and succeed in her quest for the appointment as Grand Bassa County Superintendent, the article was removed.
However, I politely pity her emotion which gave rise to the Face Book publication against the article, and also want to warn all of those who made comments on her post that it is always better to get both sides of the story that is posted on their respective pages, instead of bringing the person falsely accused to public mockery.
Let not forget that to every story there are two sides; the accuser and the person who is accused should always be heard regarding their respective actions. With this been said I stand by my story.
As a Journalist, I am aware of stories published without the consent of the individuals being interviewed. Mrs. Yates clearly understood that the information she released to me was not ‘A Secret Chat’ rather to benefit our readers who craved for the facts.