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ST, Today editors trying to be like Tharman

In Media on 26/03/2018 at 9:43 am

I’ve said before that PAP ministers especially Tharman are lousy comedians

https://atans1.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/will-hougang-make-the-pap-moan-the-inflation-blues-not-joke-abt-it/

https://atans1.wordpress.com/2013/11/11/tharman-trying-to-tell-jokes-again/

https://atans1.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/property-tharman-trying-to-crack-jokes-again/

It looks like ST and Today’s editors are trying to be more like Tharman. They already Indian although Warren has to use some black Kiwi polish on his skin and the other Fernandez needs to use plenty of bleach. Btw, the colour of their skins should tell one that despite the same family name, the two are not related.

What it does tell us is that the media is an Indian territory, like the law.

Seriously, they also auditioning to be ministers because the inability to crack good jokes seems a criteria to be a minister?

It does us no justice’ to be pro-Government, say Singapore’s mainstream media

In the age of social media, which gives the public more sources of news, there is no reason for Singapore’s mainstream media outlets to be partisan in its reporting, senior editors of Mediacorp and The Straits Times said on Friday (Mar 23).

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/no-reason-to-be-pro-government-say-singapore-mainstream-media-10070790

Well what about the fact that these papers are operating in  S’pore? This requires a licence renewed yearly.

The conventional wisdom has it that the PAP expects the media to, at the very least, brown nose the PAP govt especially the ministers. And nothing in Cheong Yip Seng’s,“OB Markers: My Straits Times Story” challenges this belief. Some even say the book reinforces the belief.

Btw, the book was only self-censored. Everyone in the PAP administration tot that someone else in the administration was reviewing the manuscript. So noone censored reviewed the manuscript. ST had planned a massive publicity campaign for the book. Only day one went to plan. The campaign was pulled on orders from higher up.

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Related post: Meaningless distinction by ST’s editor

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What they said

Walter Fernandez 

In response, Mediacorp’s editor-in-chief Walter Fernandez said: “Before the social media advent, there were far fewer brands of news sources. These were larger, more dominant and enjoyed a higher degree of trust.

“The significant fragmentation of the audience has left them with a significantly wider choice … We are judged now quite differently by the expectations of an audience that has moved on significantly, and we have to fight to earn their trust on a daily basis now.”

“In that sort of environment, against that sort of landscape, it does us no justice to want to be ‘pro-A’ or ‘pro-B’ in that sense,” Mr Fernandez added.

“Our fundamental premise is we have to provide accurate, contextual and timely information to audiences and allow them to make up their minds.

“Ultimately … (in) moments of crisis, we see people coming back to mainstream media. That speaks to the trust there is within our organisations and the trust Singaporeans hold up the two mainstream media companies with.”

Warren Fernandez

Said Mr Warren Fernandez, editor of The Straits Times: “Over the last five, 10 years we’ve tried extremely hard to be fair, balanced and objective because we see our role as not trying to play up one party or the other, but to give our readers as much information as they can to make decisions for themselves.

“If we were biased, we would be clearly called out on social media. It would backfire and affect our credibility, so we wouldn’t be inclined to do that. I don’t think it does anybody any service if we tried to … it would be a disservice to our readers, a disservice to our journalists, and ultimately I think a disservice to Singapore.”

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/no-reason-to-be-pro-government-say-singapore-mainstream-media-10070790

 

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