Friday, September 3, 2010

If We Don't Have Freer Media, Can We Trust MSM?

KUALA LUMPUR: The public should trust the mainstream media as it is fact-based, compared to the opinion-based alternative media, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Prime Minister said some of the articles published on the alternative media, such as websites and blogs, were "half truths and inaccurate".

"The mainstream media has one strength which cannot be found in the alternative media, and that is the mainstream media can be considered fact-based.

"If we read the mainstream media, we intuitively regard it as an authoritative report, where its facts cannot be questioned," he said at a breaking of fast ceremony at the New Straits Times Press headquarters here Thursday.

"There must be a discerning public who can see the strength of the mainstream media," he added. - The Star

By law, if you are to print a daily newspaper, you have to acquire a permit under the PPPA. Look at Nurul Izzah, see how she has to submit her application to get the annual printing permit and wait until the application is passed. Chances are that while Barisan Nasional remains in power, the act is unlikely to be abolished, lest it faces the wrath of Madey himself.
Ask ourselves whether whatever Najib says that MSM tells the truth, despite being authoritative and facts that cannot be questioned.

Wrong. Utusan, for example has been playing and fanning racial sentiment with its distorted inaccurate.
And what happens if you try to put the truth out to the rest of the world press?

No prize for guessing: editors get persecuted, like today where the editors getting persecuted by the newspaper owned by Taib Mahmud's family. Or perhaps look at how Nurul Izzah was blindly accused  and branded by hardcore nationalists and UMNO men like Hishamuddin and Zahid Hamidi as traitors and bad-mouthing Malaysia.

If the MSM here is not free, where else can people reveal the truth? No brain..this mob group!

The part where the ruling regime screaming of bad-mouth is proving that the truth really hurts and in fact what they said as lies is actually truth. That is their achilles heel.

And for that reason, as to appease the regime, is why people, particularly those in the rural land are still kept in the blue out of the real thing. I had a friend who tried asking her fellow nurses about the Teoh Beng Hock case, and nobody except her knows about the TBH case.

Is this the stupidity project that goes around Malaysians?

And you're saying that the MSM is trustworthy, Jibby?

That's pretty ridiculous, Mat Mongol!

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