Aug 25, 2014 Letters
I reprimanded Freddie Kissoon on numerous occasions for penning falsehoods and misinformation (while providing irrefutable evidence to support my claims against him and for which FK has never forgiven me). Any academic or journalist worth his salt would long ago resign from academia and as a newspaper columnist in disgrace (or be fired as is usually the norm in America). But Freddie has no integrity. So he continues to peddle inaccurate information. In his latest salvo against me, Freddie misinforms Mr. Abu Bakr (Aug 15, 13, etc) in a desperate effort to change how Bakr feels about my polls – Bakr used the term “respect” to describe them and me. This upsets Freddie who was rejected as a consultant to the NACTA poll. Freddie said he respects the Cadres and Dick poll because those guys hire him as a consultant and doing other things to him. FK relishes attacking me; then KN should give the same level of freedom to deal with him using like language.
FK consistently maligns people’s character with whom he disagrees. FK has sought unsuccessfully to mislead the public on the NACTA polls and about Bisram and is yet to come up with one piece of evidence to support any claim against me. Readers recall FK claims he hired a New York Times reporter and later asked the CIA to check whether Bisram is a teacher and they both reported to him that “no one by the name Bisram teaches anywhere in the world”. FK uses any bit of lies or misinformation to support a claim. He deliberately, maliciously, knowingly pedals misinformation. Prof Henry Jeffrey (Aug 14) chided FK for misquoting him. And FK has made yet more attempts to make unsubstantiated claims against me.
Freddie claims that Anand Daljeet, Seelochan Beharry, Barrington Braithwaite, and Malcolm Harripaul penned I was not a professional pollster. They made no such claims. My recollection is Daljeet complained that he was never telephoned for the NACTA poll (while a resident in Canada) even though it was a field survey conducted in Guyana (FK was impressed with the reason). Braithwaite condemned the pollster because of his Indian origin and because of the Indian caste system – FK is impressed with that illogical reasoning. Beharry and Harripaul, from my feint recollection, requested that I polled the Indian view on the leadership of the PPP. Kissoon should ask Harripaul and Beharry what they think about Kissoon and Kissoon would know how many people do not want to hear the name Freddie Kissoon which they view as a disgrace to academia, Guyana and the human race.
Kissoon penned “Bisram in a reply two months ago to Mahadeo Persaud stated he, Bisram, has several doctorates and Masters”. I never penned such a statement to Persaud (not two months ago or eight months ago) – I present a challenge to Kissoon – cite the date and article and I will give him US$1K and if he cannot, he will give me $1K. Are you up to it? I never wrote about my academic qualifications and only presented same because Kissoon demanded that the media houses requested the info. SN editor had to practically beg me to list some of them (Apr 23, 2011). Kissoon referred Bakr (on four occasions) to a SN editorial comment that he claims was published on Dec 10, 2010. I checked repeatedly for three hours and could not find such a SN editorial comment on me on that date. However, one popped up for Apr 23, 2011 and it made no reference to “respect” regarding Bisram – the central point of Kissoon’s argument in his addendum of Aug 15 to Bakr. The SN comment focused on a conversation between myself and editor Anna Benjamin about NACTA, my employment and my educational background. SN claimed it did not seek the info as a result of demands made from Kissoon. But two dates later, in a missive in SN, Kissoon claims he demanded the info. It is the same Kissoon who now condemns me for putting in the public domain information about my educational achievement that he demanded. Right after information about my place of employment was revealed, Kissoon wrote the principal demanding information about me. The principal referred him to me. He ended the communication abruptly.
As I have consistently and methodically noted above, supported with evidence, that Kissoon’s comments are replete with misconceived, inconsistent and factual errors. To speak well of Bisram or NACTA is to invite contempt from Kissoon. This academic wants no one to speak the truth of Bisram or NACTA. Kissoon needs to cleanse his mind of hatred of others or those who are more successful than him academically. Manufacturing information will not enhance his claims against me or convince others to not to respect my polls. What Kissoon needs to do is to stop blackmailing others for money or free meals and to stop peddling lies.
Let there be a vibrant, open and healthy political discussion on the NACTA poll and let us measure it against Cadres and the Dick polls that Freddie endorses as well as the Thomas poll to determine which one comes closest to actual polling results. This is a sine qua non for determining respectability of poll findings. If all the others are consistently wrong and one is almost all the time correct, then why could it not be respected? Because one is rejected as a consultant should have no effect on the credibility of a poll.
Kissoon describes the PNC as a 10% party – is he proud of his polling measure? How did he obtain that? – from the moon like the information in his non-published monographs and latrine research papers.
Kissson attacked Islam claiming “bestialities were committed in the name of Islam”. How about the bestial acts committed by Kissoon that I cannot describe in this paper. Shouldn’t the country be concerned about those acts also?
There are too many foibles surrounding FK to describe herein. He is driven by unrestrained vindictiveness and he has failed to make any significant contribution to any aspect of life.
Freddie Kissoon has repeatedly demonstrated why Guyanese have been given the title of “grand master of misinformation”.
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