According to Paul, Manasseh’s investigation against former president John Dramani Mahama regarding a Ford Expedition SUV he received as a gift from a Burkinabè contractor, was a failed analysis and not worth being branded an investigative piece.
Mr Mahama in an interview on Kofi TV in December 2020 noted that the reportage was part of the propaganda championed by the opposition to cause his defeat in the 2016 elections.
Adom Otchere on his Good Evening Ghana show branded Manasseh’s style as an ‘I Catch You’ Journalism.
“This journalism of I catch you, I catch you, I catch you, is not journalism. Journalism is an intellectual and scholarly exercise,” Adom-Otchere said.
He explained that journalism “is when you read the sectional address of the president and you read the budget of his finance minister and you find a contradiction, then we have a story. We don’t need to record anybody.” Investigative journalism, Adom-Otchere says, “is a much deeper work. It’s not hiding cameras on your body and I catch you, I catch you, I catch you. I recorded; I was filming; you were filming for what?”
Adom-Otchere advised that journalists should err on the side of research, analysis, facts and not on the side of “I catch you, I catch you, I catch you, I was holding a microphone, my pen was recording…”