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Why S’poreans don’t trust the constructive, nation-building media

In Media on 29/10/2019 at 4:15 am

Constructive, nation-building is full of BS produced by BS artists. Here’s a recent example.

Constructive, nation-building CNA’s headline screamed

RGS staff confirmed ‘ordinary Singaporean’ quote, asked for it to be attributed to ‘spokesman’: TNP editor

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/tnp-editor-says-rgs-staff-confirmed-ordinary-singaporean-quote-12035906

Scroll to below the picture of the Nine Immortals, if you are not familiar with how the constructive, nation-building media tried to undermine S’pore’s meritocratic education system: details from the constructive, nation-building CNA, quoting the equally constructive, nation-building TNP. The latter got taken to the cleaners by ex-deputy prime minister for saying he was involved in a traffic accident when it was actually another Toh Chin Chye.

My question to the constructive, nation-building media is:

Why no check if the said person was entitled to call himself a “spokesman” before using the quote?

Surely a good reporter would check and a good editor would ask the reporter if the person was really a “spokesman”? Was the quote too good to be spoiled by the checks required by good reporting or good editorial practices?

And what about being fair to the member of staff? I mean how many teachers or teaching administrators know the meaning of “spokesman”? That the term in the article screams “official view of RGS that its students are not ordinary S’poreans”.

What this story does confirm is the view that our constructive, nation-building media is full of useful idiots helping the likes of Mad Dog Chee (product of ACS, place where other rich kids like PJ Thum also go to even if like Mad Dog they end up living in three-room HDB flats meant for the plebs) undermine our meritocratic school system, even if RGS is not really an elite school. There are only four elite schools: RI, MGS, SCGS and TKGS. The rest of the so-called elite schools are nothing more than glorified neighbourhood schools. But then “Every school is a good school” says the MoE minister even though the 9th Immortal disagreed.

SPH should be culling more people from its newsroom:  ST’s BS about WeWorks Cont’d. And MediaCorp should also do so.

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Details of TNP (and CNA) failure to think straight

The editor of The New Paper (TNP) Lim Han Ming said on Friday evening (Oct 25) that a controversial comment in an article about Raffles Girls’ School (RGS) moving away from Orchard Road was confirmed by a member of the school staff.

TNP had published a report on Tuesday titled Raffles Girls’ School Moves To New Home, which included a quote attributed to an RGS spokesman: “Moving away from the luxurious condominiums in Orchard Road will allow our girls to reach out more to the ordinary Singaporean.”

The comment drew widespread criticism.

Responding to queries from CNA, RGS had said earlier on Friday that the TNP report had “referenced an informal conversation with a staff member who was not the school’s spokesperson”.

The employee “had also not identified himself as such to the reporter”, RGS said.

The comments were “off-the-record” and had been “intended to convey that the move would allow students to engage more deeply with the local community, given the school’s proximity to the Braddell area”, RGS added.

“At no point of time did he say ‘ordinary Singaporean’,” it said.

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/tnp-editor-says-rgs-staff-confirmed-ordinary-singaporean-quote-12035906


Ang moh publications would have handled this differently from TNP . The FT or NYT would say that the quote came from someone not authorised to talk to the media. TNP that cock meh?