Will CR English News Media Please Print Costa Rica News!!

I am independent and since that is the case I have the right to critically jump on anyone and anything short of defamation which might well become a prison or pay-off term that I cannot afford.

However, on this day, (Monday May 5, 20014) I have perused the typical and most popular Internet news outlets in Paradise and in two words: they suck!

If I want to know world events and the sadness that goes with them, that’s easy. “Click” to Google News, Yahoo, Al Jazeera, CNN, USA Today, the Bloomberg Report, Motley Fool, Morningside…the list is almost endless. My question is what I want, early in the morning is news and reports, even editorials, about where we live: Costa Rica!

There is no singular news Website that must have been up half the night to publish current stuff. My unofficial count was seven possible stories about Costa Rica and eighteen about other nations and their ills or research findings.

Two of the big three Websites, at 7:00 AM either had one feature story from the day before or no story at all within the time frames of last weekend.

It is a shame, a terrible shame to log in and read or see what I already know.

The contractual sale of advertising makes some look like the Yellow Pages, the others as a one person struggle and my advice is: “If there are no resources within the company to cover Costa Rica news (A very expensive business within itself.) that which influences my behavior and opinion, then simply to “surf”; go to any one of the major international news Sites who regularly publish and translate to English?

There are enough of us who write Op-Ed pieces as well as comments and create some sort of debate or flat out ass disagreement. But the articles come from other opinions and our relationships with the decision makers. They should not come from “wire services” but be home grown.

You and me, we need to know what the hell is going on in this country and most of all, the people’s opinion, including valuable expats.

For example, there is an excellent article in La Nación today that concludes the loss of INTEL which is truly a PR black eye for this country but on the other hand, we are not a country of production but rather of global services which has an excellent future. Another is how expensive it is to have a company in Paradise. Answer: Very expensive.

Did anyone read that?

There is more to business than simply selling real estate.

About Juan Sebastian Campos

Juan Sebastian Campos An expat from the U.S., educator and writer in English and Spanish since 1978 with a doctorate in business administrations (DBA) from the United States and Germany. A feature writer for ABC News, Copley Press and the Tribune Group with emphasis on Central America.


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6 Responses to "Will CR English News Media Please Print Costa Rica News!!"

  1. Terry  6 May 2014 at 12:10 pm

    I agree with you completely.

  2. B D  6 May 2014 at 3:03 pm

    News is not news anymore – its entertainment. How do I know – the crap you write proves it. You are not news Juany and nothing you write about is news. Its Op-ed. Oh and Op-ed is somehow not entertainment? Op-ed is somehow above US news but what – below CR news? Your Op-ed’s have been about the US. I would much rather read US news combined with CR news than suffer another of your poorly written and ill thought out “news” item – Hahahaaaa. Look you need to take a good look in the mirror as you complain endlessly, and what is worse is that you complain about things of which you are part of. Funny. So next time you complain about the lack of CR news – why don’t you go out and find some. Hmmm. And the reason I read you is not for your Op-ed content or news – its for the comedy. Remember Juanito – Opinions are like asses – everyone has one and all but the finest stink. Don’t quit the day job…

  3. Juan Sabastian Campo  8 May 2014 at 10:05 am

    BD, did you read the article? Do you rely on CR news to discuss whales in Canada, or the horrors of Syria…I think not. You want to more know about CR taxes, dangerous locations, drug trafficking in your own back yard….or are you here just for the 90 days and then run home for a a few hour?

  4. B D  9 May 2014 at 10:04 am

    I am Tico naturalized. You? Also some of the most enlightened and interesting people I meet are PT’s. So get off your anti-PT soap box as Costa Rica benefits from them tremendously (more than economically). They make this country interesting. So this is my country. Is it your country Juany – are you Tico? Did you read my reply is the real question. Obviously not. If you did you would understand that there is very little hard news anywhere. News is mixed with entertainment, with what is interesting, that is how it is juanito! It does not matter that what is interesting is in CR or the US or in el culo del mundo! Me entiendes? Look you need to think out you op ed pieces better and not jump all over the place. Then spend more time editing. There is a great line by Voltaire: “If I had more time I would have written a shorter letter.” Think about it Juany… And using your logic: “if you want news on CR than you go to a CR news website” – then you could reason – If yo write for a CR website read by PT’s and expats than you give them news they can use – not anti-gringo dribble. You write anti- gringo and you write for a gringo audience – uh… – what’s wrong with that picture? I think your editor and chief is making a mistake letting you write whatever you want in whatever form. la culpa no es sólo suya…

  5. B D  10 May 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Have not heard a word senor Juanito – BTW if you are an expat from the US and a feature writer for ABC News, Copley Press why is your written English sub par for someone with such alleged credentials? What have you written for those organizations? Classified adds? LOL! seriously though… let us read your work or at least sight it… And what is your legal status here? I think your credentials are at most fraudulent, or at least misleading and over stated.

  6. B D  11 May 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Juanito you cowardly lack of response is the kind of passive aggressive behavior illustrating your huevo set – or lack of one…

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