Boycott TNP, The New Paper: Straits Times equally biased
Everybody knows the main stream media in Singapore is controlled by the PAP, the ruling party (what doesn’t it control?) You know this culture of control has backfired when your friends tell you they don’t buy the Straits Times or The New Paper (TNP).
Netizens have set up a Facebook group to boycott TNP for its biased coverage of the General Election.
However, The Straits Times has a greater influence. And everybody knows ST is openly pro-government, a mouthpiece of the government in fact.
For example, today ST carries 16 pictures of PAP candidates versus only 7 for the opposition. And most of the pictures are much bigger than those of the opposition.
And ST’s Razor TV features images of PAP candidates daily.
I dare say most people find ST’s coverage of the General Election blatantly unfair and biased as well. The result is that I skip ALL news about the PAP in ALL the newspapers AND on TV.
Including ALL the articles written by ST’s correspondents who comment on the local political landscape. Being employees of ST, they have to toe the official line. They are just wasting their time writing articles that find no readers.
Who wants to read propaganda all the time?
In Vietnam I noticed that hardly anybody reads newspapers. They know that the media is government-controlled and awash with propaganda so why waste time?
State-controlled media has become irrelevant in the age of the Internet and Facebook. For news, The Straits Times is at the bottom of the pile as far as I am concerned. No point getting irritated and have your day spoilt, right?
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