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Fake news laws give SPH biz advantage

In Media on 01/04/2019 at 9:14 am

So there’ll be laws to tackle deliberate online falsehoods (more below).

Maybe ST and other SPH publications can use their finely honed constructive, nation-building skills to make SPH a great investment again?

The People’s Daily is the CCP’s official paper, juz like ST is the de-facto voice of the PAP.

The rise of the internet has lost it readers it but it has found a competitive business advantage: providing censorship. China’s official newspaper is tapping into the censorship boom meant to clean up the Chinese internet by being the leading outsourcer in the booming censorship industry.

Coming back to S’pore. From the constructive, nation-building CNA.

The new Bill will give the Government the power to hold online news sources and platforms accountable if they proliferate deliberate online falsehoods, he said.

“This includes requiring them to show corrections or display warnings about online falsehoods so that readers or viewers can see all sides and make up their own minds about the matter.

“In extreme and urgent cases, the legislation will also require online news sources to take down fake news before irreparable damage is done,” the prime minister said.

Mr Lee said that today, there is no shortage of people and groups who conduct coordinated campaigns to produce fake news to misinform and mislead for reasons such as financial gain, to sow social discord or even to radicalise people.

Social media platforms propagate such fake news together with factual stories and are either “unwilling or unable” to take action to block the misinformation, he said.

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/laws-deliberate-online-falsehoods-introduced-parliament-pm-lee-11393654

Can’t argue with PM that

there is no shortage of people and groups who conduct coordinated campaigns to produce fake news to misinform and mislead for reasons such as financial gain, to sow social discord …

Think TOC’s Danisha Hakeem.

Or The Indians Idiots

— TISG: “useful loudhailer” for PAP administration

— “The Idiots — S’pore” keeps on promoting divisiveness?

But to be fair, TOC can be constructive, nation-building:

TOC now part of constructive, nation-building media?

Wah lan! TOC praises PAP govt

Terry and his Correspondent taking wrong pills again

 

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Ex-ST wimmin promoting ex-PM’s book?

In Media on 04/11/2018 at 10:18 am

Here’s a review of Goh Cock Chok Tong book that had me want to go out to buy it: https://berthahenson.wordpress.com/2018/11/02/how-the-holy-goh-got-on-with-the-father-and-the-son/?fbclid=IwAR2rBVxPronTL3UwADIsc_B3d8B4cCCqNsUgolJr9jAh715PbAlkLtMReW8

Until I remembered that Bertha Henson wanted to be a Sith Lord (in this case editor of ST). But she didn’t get her wish, and this Imperial Stormtrooper general (Paper arm) moved on, and tried to be a Jedi by criticising ST. My dogs despise her for biting the hand that fed her well. To be fair, she’s not the only one liddat

— Feeling free to bite hand that once fed him

— “Fake news: Just make mainstream media more credible”

— ST team in exile in SCMP (including Yaacob’s sis who was ST’s deputy editor) in HK

They were

enablers of a juggernaut. When they were regularly paid 30 pieces of silver serious sums of money, they never doubted that they were working for truth, justice, the S’pore way and Harry. But when the money stopped, they all had Damascene conversions, or so it seems. Humbug?

This brings me ex-deputy editor of ST (sis of retired minister and wife of  Cherian George, advocate of freedom of the media). She did a fawning, balls-carrying interview of Cock Chok Tong: https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2171489/lee-kuan-yews-sentosa-nudist-colony-idea-being-seat-warmer-and. Brown nosing habits are hard to shake off?

 

ST trying to fix Dr Lee isit?

In Media on 21/06/2017 at 11:00 am

We know that Dr Lee is rowing with her brother the PM. We also know from her row with ST last year that she’s dyslexic. So I was laughing when I read it today’s ST:

Kids with dyslexia more prone to social, emotional problems: Study

Children with dyslexia are more likely to encounter a range of social and emotional difficulties – such as feelings of anxiety, depression and low self-esteem – than their peers.

And having strong social support networks may help to buffer them against such negative outcomes.

These were the main findings of a study by the University College London (UCL), based on responses of 99 Primary 3 pupils with dyslexia across 13 primary schools here.

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/kids-with-dyslexia-more-prone-to-social-emotional-problems-study

 

Why ST got to work harder/ PM defines “constructive, nation-building”

In Media on 28/07/2015 at 4:37 am

ST etc not productive

When PM recently visited an ST exhibition (170 yrsw of sucking up to the govt of the day), PM urged ST to “generate products all day and all night”, and not once a day, so as to “retain its relevance and its viability”.

“The Straits Times has to be of the new generation, by the new generation, and for the new generation of readers.”

What he’s doing is telling ST is that the PAP administration needs ST and SPH to work harder to combat the critics of the administration in cyberspace.

Team TOC is three-man strong (Terry Xu and two others) while TeamTRE is Andrew, and Richard Wan, and maybe a few others. But their productivity puts that of SPH and MediaCorp to shame. True 99% of the output of TRE and TOC is derivative, and mostly BS. But then 99.9% of the output of ST etc is  derivative, and mostly BS.

The difference is that ST etc cut and paste unthinkingly from the PAP administration’s media releases and editorial cheat-sheets, TOC and TRE don’t. And SPH and MediaCorp have legions of journalists and editors to do the cutting and pasting; but TOC and TRE have hardly anyone by comparison.

TOC and TRE staff are citizen journalists, while the editors and journalists at ST etc are paid to do propaganda and PR for the PAP administration. PR is worse than prostitution say journalists at respected Western media organisations.

So I couldn’t help laughing when PM said, “You have standing in our society. You are not a fly-by-night piece of paper circulated in dark alleys when nobody is looking,” he told ST.

Doesn’t he realise prostitutes operate from penthouses ans apartments in Marina Bay and district 10 and 11, and Sentosa residences too?

And, btw, TRE and TOC never had STOMP-like scandals: faking a newsy item about a SMRT train malfunction, and not telling readers that posters on STOMP were paid-employees

Constructive, nation-building media defined

PM said while ST is adapting and finding new ways to produce a commercially viable newspaper, it must continue to be conscious of its “important role in Singapore”, and maintain its “hallmark of credible, balanced, objective reporting”.

“I hope you will continue to maintain a balance, take a long-term perspective of Singapore’s interests, and report the news for Singaporeans through Singaporean eyes.”

“And in the process upholding the national interest, not campaigning for personal or corporate purposes, understanding our social and our regional context when you’re reporting and commenting on sensitive or emotional issues. As a Singapore newspaper whose past, present and future is intrinsically tied to our nation, your natural stance is to be pro-Singapore.”

Err pro-S’pore is pro the PAP administration?

 

 

 

 

 

PM visiting from Bizarro S’pore?

In Media, Political governance on 22/07/2015 at 4:32 am

Backgrounder from Wikipedia: The Bizarro World (also known as htraE, which is “Earth” spelled backwards) is a fictional planet appearing in American comic books published by DC comics. Introduced in the early 1960s, htraE is a cube-shaped planet, home to Bizarro and companions, all of whom were initially Bizarro versions of Superman, Lois Lane and their children and, later, other Bizarros including Batzarro, the World’s Worst Detective.

In popular culture “Bizarro World” has come to mean a situation or setting which is weirdly inverted or opposite to expectations.

I tot of Bizarro World when PM said ST must maintain its ‘hallmark of credible, balanced, objective reporting’.

Huh?

Even more bizarre, he told the audience that surveys (from Institute of Policy Studies? North Korean, Vietnamese think tanks affiliated to IPS?) show that Singapore newspapers, including ST, enjoy high credibility and respect.

Err if ST etc enjoys high credibility and respect, why then does Reporters Without Borders give Singapore a ranking of 153 – a drop of 3 places from last year’s ranking of 150 – in the World Press Freedom Index? 153 out of 180 is the lowest ranking Singapore has ever got.

Coming back to ST: The very newspaper which he praised as a ‘hallmark of credible, balanced, objective reporting ‘ was the subject of a US State Department cable which became a WikiLeaks document.

The ST Bureau Chief in Washinton D.C., told a member of the American Embassy in Singapore that reporters were frustrated with the obstacles they face in reporting on sensitive domestic issues. They had to be careful in their coverage of local news, as Singapore’s leaders would likely come down hard on anyone who wrote negatively about the government or its leadership.

He disclosed that there was a growing disconnect between ST’s reporters and its editors, with the reporters wanting to do more investigative and critical stories than the editors would allow. He said that the ST editors had all been groomed to be pro-government supporters and were careful to ensure that reporting of local events adheres closely to the official line: none of the editors had the courage to publish any stories critical of the government.

He also said that the government exerted significant pressure on ST editors to ensure that published articles toe the government’s line. For example, ministers routinely call ST editors to ensure that media coverage of an issue comes out the way they want it. He said that no editors had been fired or otherwise punished for printing articles critical of the government because all of them have already been vetted to ensure their pro-government leanings. The ST Bureau Chief even conceded that he would likely never advance higher up the ladder at ST due to the ‘expectations’ placed on editors.

The cable also revealed that another ST reporter had confirmed the disconnect between editors and reporters. For example, following the death of opposition icon JB Jeyaretnam in September 2008, she highlighted an internal debate inside ST over the amount of coverage ST should dedicate to JBJ’s death.

While the editors agreed with the reporters’ demand for extensive coverage of JBJ’s political career and funeral, they rejected the reporters’ suggestions to restrict the amount of coverage to eulogies by government leaders. The said reporter lamented that in the end, statements by government leaders took up a significant portion of the allotted space on the pages in the way the editors had wanted.

She also confirmed that most censorship was done by the editors. She was discouraged with life as a Singapore journalist and wondered if she would stay in the profession for long. She lost her job.

But maybe PM was praising ST for reporting news reliably and objectively over the years because he was being a gracious guest, unlike one GCT*. After all he said these words of praise at the launch of an exhibition on Wednesday (15 Jul) to mark the Straits Times’ 170th birthday. His mum tot him manners.

Or maybe he was trying to tell tasteless jokes like Tharman and Hng Khiang:

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/

Seriously Tharman will make a good PM https://atans1.wordpress.com/2012/08/24/why-tharman-will-be-the-next-pm/?. Must be the Indian mafia at work https://atans1.wordpress.com/2012/11/12/indians-lots-to-celebrate/

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*I was at the 5th anniversary dinner of MediaCorp’s freesheet. Goh Chok Tong was the guest of honour and he sneered at the freesheet’s short history. I kid you not.

 

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