Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) media biased says one in two only?

Unless you have been cooped up in a cave somewhere along the Pakistani border with Afghanistan, you will not be in the least surprised by a poll result saying that one in two Singaporeans believe the media here is biased.

The poll was conducted last year by the Institute of Policy Studies which is a think-tank within the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.

In reality, the figure should be higher. From my feedback, everybody is of the opinion that the media here is biased. Even road-sweepers, whom I have spoken to, know that!

While it can be reassuring and flattering to have the media sing your praises every day, it can be a double-edged sword.

Over time the media’s credibility suffers as they sometimes go overboard in their effusive praises of the ruling party, the People’s Action Party.

For instance, The New Paper, hailed the PAP’s victory in the General Election with the bold caption “Hurray PAP”.

Few of my friends from the older generation subscribe to the Straits Times while young people prefer news from the Internet.

I’ve often observed huge stacks of unsold Straits Times in the evening. 

Personally, I don’t waste my time with watching the news on TV either. 

It’s difficult to build a cohesive nation when the majority distrust the government-controlled media. 

As the adage goes, self-praise is no praise like awarding each other the title of Emeritus. It’s how independent organizations see us that’s important. 

Reporters without Borders has consistently ranked Singapore at the bottom of the heap for press freedom. 

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3 Responses to “Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) media biased says one in two only?”

  1. “It’s difficult to build a cohesive nation when the majority distrust the government-controlled media. ”

    So ask yourself.

    Which political party benefits most from a non-cohesive nation?

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