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Straits Times, you not embarrassed meh?

You and I know the Straits Times is a self-proclaimed “nation-building” newspaper. That, of course, is an euphemistic term for being a PAP mouthpiece. Even its Chief Editor, Han Fook Kwang, could did not deny it when he was asked about this.

“We’re aware people say we’re a government mouthpiece or that we are biased. But the test is if our readers believe in the paper and continue to buy it,” he said in 2010.

But even so, the ST should at least pretend to be a serious newspaper and its “journalists” professional. The problem is that it does indeed pretend to be these – except that it falls flat on its face every time. I mean, a lie will always be a lie and it will always show itself up. A lie trips you up every time – sooner or later.

And the sooner has arrived.

With expectations of a General Election reaching high fever, I knew the ST could not be counted on to be professional. Where is the proof, you may ask. Sure. Here it is – the Straits Times General Election website, specially set-up for election news.

The above screenshot was taken on 03 April 2011 at 10.30pm.

Does that look like a news website to you? Or does it look like a partisan, one-sided PAP website?

Out of 30-plus news stories, I only see one about the opposition (Workers’ Party) and another one of a PAP minister commenting on an opposition party member (Workers’ Party’s Chen Show Mao).

There are no stories – at least on the front page of the website – of any other opposition party.

And look at all the videos. Not a single one is about the opposition.

I mean, come on. This is not even journalism. This is plain propaganda. This is blatant and shameless sucking up. Seems the Straits Times is bending over for the PAP in the most obscene manner possible.

It is the same in the print edition too. Pages after pages dedicated to the PAP.

The upcoming GE has been said by government ministers to be a crucial one – one where the very future of Singapore is at stake. Indeed, we are said to be choosing our 4th generation of leaders.

If this were true, isn’t it then incumbent upon the only national broadsheet to be more responsible and professional and provide fair coverage of all parties so that Singaporeans will have enough information to make a wise and informed decision?

How can such blatant betrayal of journalism be constructive or helpful to Singaporeans?

Is this “nation building”?

Its GE website looks like something the governments of North Korea or Burma would be proud of.

I mean, Straits Times, you not embarrassed meh?

And Fook Kwang, people buy your newspaper because there are no other. Remember: you are a monopoly. DUH!

But we certainly are not buying your crap.

Categories: General
  1. anon
    April 4, 2011 at 10:06

    By the way this is what I use the ST for:

    1. roll it up to smack cockroaches that flew into the flat

    2. roll it up, cut into 6-10 inch sections and use it to
    remove bird poo from the car’s body

  2. Peanuts
    April 4, 2011 at 10:06

    I only use it for my dog to shit on.

  3. April 4, 2011 at 10:06

    In a mature democracy, there are of course partisan newspapers. In a mature democracy, there are normally more newspapers to choose from too.

  4. chb
    April 5, 2011 at 10:06

    Listening the radio for an hour was getting me to the verge of vomiting. Repeating countless times of PAP candidates and one being tipped for some posts. Is that brain washing??

  5. burongkaka
    April 5, 2011 at 10:06

    The presence of the PAP is everywhere….newspapers, GLCs, leading companies, PA,
    luxury eating places, posh hotels etc. Take a look who and hwere these people are, except living in HDB flats, hawkers centers.
    Watch out, it could be in your toilets too.

  6. nasipetai
    April 6, 2011 at 10:06

    Actually i got so sick of ST that I just stopped reading the local papers altogether. Its been almost 5 years now. Its feels even better than quitting smoking actually.

  7. Glen Nicolay
    April 10, 2011 at 10:06

    I have got nothing good to say about the Straits Times so I’ll hold my piece!

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