He tot it was distracting and confusing the masses.
He didn’t believe in it. He wanted a constructive, nation-building media that reported what he wanted reported and in the way he wanted it reported and analysed. No alternatives allowed.
And maybe he has a point that diversity of views can be confusing.
This extract from a BBC report is interesting. One poll and three different angles from three different influential UK papers.
A poll of British Muslims for the Policy Exchange think tank is covered three ways by three papers.
The Times runs the story on its front page, with the headline: “Most Muslims want full integration with British way of life.”
“Research involving more than 3,000 Muslims shows that they broadly share the views and priorities of the wider population, rather than being shaped by supposedly “Islamic” concerns,” the paper says,
“Ninety-three per cent feel a fairly or very strong attachment to Britain and are likely to identify the NHS, unemployment and immigration as the biggest issues facing the country.”
The Mail pulls out a different question from the survey, with the headline: “Only 1 in 25 British Muslims believe Al Qaeda carried out 9/11 attack, says think tank.”
“Some 31 per cent thought the American government was behind the strikes on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon,” the paper reports.
“Another 7 per cent said it was a Jewish plot, while 58 per cent did not know.”
Meanwhile the Guardian’s headline reads: “British Muslims have separatist tendencies.”
David Goodhart, co-author of the report, says: “British Muslims as a whole continue to live somewhat more separately than other large ethno-cultural minorities – in neighbourhoods and schools, in terms of women not working, and in terms of attitudes and religiosity.”
Of course, if one one creativity, then different perspectives are mandatory.
S’pore and the PAP can’t have its cake and eat it.