The Jamaica Gleaner began its publications for 2009 in fine fettle. As has become the tradition over the past few years, the newspaper starts out

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3 Responses to “Prophets, Pundits and Profits”

  1. […] Porter at Abeng News Magazine is less than impressed with the Jamaica Gleaner's New Year tradition of “publishing an […]


    Interesting piece! One is of the perspective that you will see more of these types coming out of the woodwork as a consequence of the harsh economic times that we are experiencing in Jamaica. Also, we may start to see the ONLINE ones taking advantage of gullible and confused Jamaicans!!

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    Trevor Dawes

    I agree that these ‘prophecies’ are more fit to be in the entertainment section than to be posited as ‘real’ news. The truth, however, is that just about every major newspaper in any number of countries quote folks who profess to be in the know about what the new year will bring, at least from their perspective. I mean the NY Times and the Wall St. Journal, among others, do it but they are careful to let their readers know that the opinions are those being quoted and not their editorial stance and they surely don’t ascribe divine thought to them. I guess that’s what happens when the role of religion in a society is of such a major significance.