Paul Adom Otchere, host of Metro Television’s Good Evening Ghana show has admitted to being overly emotional, the reason for which he chastised and picked apart Member of Parliament for Klottey Korle, Dr. Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings on live television over the MP’s claim that some persons without party cards had been prevented from benefiting from government’s provision of food to the poor and vulnerable in society.
In an editorial last Thursday, Mr. Adom Otchere said among other things, “let it get into your system Dr Rawlings, you come from a privileged home. Behave properly, stop misbehaving…are you learning something; that as an honourable member of parliament, before you speak to the press, you must confront the allegation with the authority…”
Moments after the popular journalist’s actions on live television, several Ghanaians expressed concerns over the manner in which the editorial was carried out and questioned the journalistic modus operandi of the rather popular and experienced Broadcast Journalist.
But Mr. Adom-Otchere yesterday beat a retreat, attributing his actions last week to his ‘excessive’ emotions at the time.
Speaking on his show on Tuesday, Paul Adom-Otchere said though his editorial was pre-recorded for review, the additional reprimand he made in reaction to a press statement released by Dr Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings was too emotional.
“Editorials are top leadership exposures and they are either to share research findings on current affairs or to provide an anti-thesis to an existing thesis. Last Thursday on Good evening Ghana, we carried out an anti-thesis to a situation and editorials are usually pre-recorded on this program so that we are able to examine them so last Thursday was no different. But after the examined version, a press statement had been released by the Hon Member of Parliament about whom we carried the editorial so I run sufficient commentary on the press statement that had been released and the commentary was a reprimand of the Hon Member of Parliament.
“During the reprimand against the statement that was made by the MP, Information available and videos shown is that I had been carried away by emotions and so the reprimand was carried out in an emotional manner. Viewers say that when I get emotional they can’t even hear what I’m saying and some were asking me how much water I had to drink after the editorial.”
Henceforth, Paul Adom Otchere says his editorials will be carried out in a manner devoid of excessive emotions.
“Carrying out a reprimand against the MP emotionally could have been better so that viewers can hear me and I promise that next time there’s an editorial and it’s a reprimand against an MP, it will be better. The reprimand was carried out emotionally and the words that were used and the way that it was communicated could have been better and I promise that next time we carry out an editorial, even if a statement has just come in, the reprimand will be better, it will not be emotional,” he added.
Watch a playback of the show below: