But such is the unfortunate nature of Kenyan media outlets. In the pursuit of an elusive and almost mythical objectivity, positive news portrayal is often misconstrued to imply being too close to the establishment.
This provides a fertile ground for contradictions in the local press.
For example, if the government downsizes its workforce, due to economic constraints, the focus almost inevitably will turn to the plight of the affected people, and how they are staring bleakly into an uncertain future.
(It does make you wonder why such stories are never found to be relevant, when media houses declare their own employees to be redundant).
And so you expect the same media to applaud the state, in those 'rare' instances, when there's recruitment.
But no. You are probably more likely to encounter such a depressing beginning of an article:
"The public wage bill is expected to rise significantly due to a plan to hire about 600 senior civil servant in addition to 7, 000 teachers."Of what gain is it to repaint good news into a masterpiece of bad news?