Dear Daily Mail/Mail Online
On Saturday 20 September 2015 your journalist Nicholas Kynaston wrote an article about how good Ibiza is in September. All positive you might think however the article headline stated “avoid one resort in particular like the plague” and went on further to explain “if you want to avoid the worst of the ‘Brits Abroad’ excesses steer clear of San Antonio”
Here is his article in full: http://dailym.ai/1Ko77aj
Now as sweeping statements go this is right up there with ‘all men are slobs’ or ‘white guys can’t dance’. As everyone knows only some men are slobs, Fred Astaire had fantastic rhythm and San Antonio has some amazing things to see and do (unless, of course, you are a Daily Mail journalist on a free jolly up to Ibiza writing specifically about places that contributed to you being there).
I have no issue with journos having freebie trips to Ibiza and shouting about the establishments dishing out free food and drink but an overall balance and context is needed at all times, a general idea of the island dynamic would also be helpful. It has been alleged that your journalist Mr Kynaston came to Ibiza in June not September, didn’t even do some of the things he wrote extensively about and went nowhere near San Antonio. If this is true then when it comes to shoddy, irresponsible journalism then this wins 1st prize. It’s uninformed and more worryingly it puts good people’s livelihoods at stake.
Please don’t misunderstand me, I’m perfectly aware that some parts of San Antonio aren’t to everyone’s taste but to make generalisations about a tourist destination that is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people every summer is absurd especially when you are writing for one of the UK’s major publications.
I formally invite Mr Kynaston to come back to Ibiza and let us show him around San Antonio and once he has seen everything he can then rewrite a balanced article. Only then will it have the credibility that the tourists and businesses of San Antonio and Ibiza deserve.
p.s. Definition of a ‘sweeping statement’: a statement presented as a general truth but based on limited or incomplete evidence.