t Double Yellow's Musings: How the Media Misleads
The warped mind of Double Yellow craves for humor everyday. His daily dose comes from The Straits Times, The Sunday Times, Today, Channelnewsasia, etc. He also thinks that because of this preamble, this blog will never get featured in the local media. And of course, please read the Disclaimer before embarking on the journey.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

How the Media Misleads

The media is a very powderful vehicle and how it frames each headline and sentence will reflect its bias. Our local is no different. Yesterday, there was a report on some key personnel having left a financial dispute resolution centre barely two months after it was instituted. Nothing wrong with the topic but look at the way the opening paragraph goes....

BARELY two months after it was launched with great fanfare and lauded as a "one-stop" shop for dispute resolutions in the finance industry, the Financial Industry Disputes Resolution Centre (FIDReC) has suffered a setback.

What they don’t tell you is that the media itself had a hand in the “great fanfare” two months ago. This was supposed to make us financial hub of the universe. But now the media behaves like its just reporting news....

If that doesn’t convince you, check out this amazing forum letter in today’s paper. The heading screamed…. Press freedom? I would choose Singapore anytime

To the casual reader, it would seem that press freedom and Singapore are on opposite banks of the river. And to support press freedom would mean not to support Singapore and hence would make such a person unpatriotic.

On a side note, our media lurves to praise itself coz nobody else seems to do the same. I hope they realize that just because people read the local paper doesn’t mean they like or support whatever is spewed out. Sometimes I wish our media will grow up but until then I know where I can get my daily laughs :)


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