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Jan 4, 2012

Unusual timeline; Anonymous donors for poll

Glenn Tillett

Some of the poll questions remained questionable, particularly the one on Briceño’s popularity over Barrow. Briceño resigned from the P.U.P. leadership on October seventh, the date the poll began its rollout. So even without a leader at the helm of the P.U.P., the poll recorded twelve percent popularity for Briceño. And if you do some calculation, the Independent newspaper printed its first issue on November seventh. As mentioned previously, the GS Strategy Group survey began on October seventh, one month before the Independent’s first issue. So how does a struggling newspaper a month before its birth, afford a well-known pollster who conducts polls for U.S. presidential candidates? That’s what the media asked the paper’s publisher, Glenn Tillett.  Tillett said with the help of anonymous donors… donor’s who he won’t name.

Glenn Tillett, Publisher, Independent Newspaper

“I started out originally through the press club—you know that organization that you are a part of; I originally started out through that. As to the independent being existent; just because we weren’t publishing, doesn’t mean we weren’t in existence so to speak. You’ve know me for years, you know I’ve always wanted to have a publication; I’ve always been planning for it. So in another sense, the Independent has been around as long as I’ve been alive.  I’ll tell you straight up. I won’t reveal the people who—and they are several who have donated and supported this cause—for the simple reason that they don’t want to. The partisanship, the polarization, the name calling; in other words, they don’t want that when they are driving their kids to school, they hear Joe, Juliet, Alfonso, Vaughn and the other crew di talk about them in a disrespectful way that we tend to. But they believe it’s a noble cause; they believe it’s going to help move our discussion forward and as a result they have been putting up the money—independent money so to speak.”

Jules Vasquez, 7News

“Are you able to say how much money?”

Glenn Tillett

“At this point I won’t say. I am able to but I won’t say.  I won’t call any names; I will not have any of the people involved in this exposed in that way—not in this climate. Let’s first of all call them anonymous. Nothing phantom about them, they are fantastic. Jules, I can only see from behind my eyes. So I will have to ask you to answer you own question. Unfortunately, I can’t be two places at the same time. I would hope though that you could question my integrity, you can question my sincerity, but that you’d be willing to give me the benefit of the doubt to use one last cliché; in the end the truth will out—it is a small society. This poll is already outdated and I am hoping that we will shortly be able to do another one. And we will be better at it and now that people know it is there, you will start seeing more of it earlier. In the end the people whom are impacted by will give it their own weight of credibility.”

If you didn’t participate in the poll, click here to view today’s presentation by Strimple.

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6 Responses for “Unusual timeline; Anonymous donors for poll”

  1. Lion says:

    At last someone answer Jules!! He is a provoking reporter.. that enjoys adding insult to injury. it’s ur job but u don’t have to be an @$$ to get the news out.!!! positive ways of relating not putting words in people mouth!!

  2. CEO says:

    Does it really matter who paid and how much? The results are credible because it basically showed what the population already knew. As usual it needs a white man to tell us for us to start paying attention. Wake up Belizeans!

    Media folks: Deal with the real matters at hand and rest your inquiring mind. Much can be gleaned from the results to make the country better.

  3. belize first says:

    dean barrow’s days are counted,Belizeans will feel a relief soon,we tired of lone liesssssssssssss.and it will be even worst if he is re-elected.we better pakup and go live in chetumal.

  4. CEO says:

    The last crowd was no better Belizean First so I do not know who will replace Dean!

  5. Carlton Valentine says:

    Using an American to fool his own people. Desperate moves Mr Tillet.

  6. spanglish says:

    GLENN IF YOU WOULD ONLY KNOW HOW STUPID YOU SOUND BWAY, STOP MAKE PEOPLE USE YOU LIKE A CHIMBAPOT!!! BWAY I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU WOULD STOOP DOWN SO LOW LOW LOW!!!
    MONEY SPEAKS BS WALK!!! HAHAHAH DAH SO SMOKEY JOE SAY.

    AIAIAIA THESE TWO MEN SOUND HMMM LIKE SOME REAL JACK ASSES

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