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6/26/2007

From watchdog to watchtower

Or from watchdog to guard dog, to pet poodle? At a media conference held yesterday, a Bangladeshi journalist called for the media to take a different role, that of a watchdog to a watchtower. What a joke. He should be more realistic and pragmatic and take the advice of Patrick Daniel of SPH. Patrick said he made 'no apologies for being pro Singapore.' He said, 'We have grown and prospered along with the city state. We have willingly played a nation building role.' He added, 'We have a good sense of what's out of bound...but the fairways are wide enough for us to produce credible, quality newspapers. Freedom with responsibility does not mean we settle for third grade products.' So our media quality is at least better than third grade. It is either second grade or first grade. Must be first grade. And the Bangladeshi journalist has a lot to learn. For the facts cannot be denied. We are richer and more prosperous than Bangladesh. We are first world. An Indian delegate then questioned if Singapore's success should be attributed to its 'media restrictive regime.' Patrick Daniel did not answer directly but said, 'There are laws and I abide by the laws and I produce the newspaper.' I must congratulate Patrick Daniel for his insightful reply to the Indian delegate. And the call to be a watchtower dropped dead after that, I think.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

First grade products but ranked around 160th in the world. I thought first grade should be ranked no. 1

redbean said...

all those international rankings are biased. no need to bother about them.

we are ranked number one at home and that is good enough.

Anonymous said...

Yes, but when our port and SIA were ranked no. 1, the rankings were not thought to be biased.

Matilah_Singapura said...

The Straight Times govt fellatio-artist has just unapologetically admitted to playing a key role in social engineering, I assume by influencing the minds of S'poreans for the benefit of the dicktators.

To that I say "Fuck the media and the fucking puppets who presume to 'control' the minds of the masses"

Art: Michael Sandle 1999:
A Mighty Blow for Freedom: Fuck the Media Maquette

redbean said...

i think it is safer and more pleasant to say good things about others. you see, i have been saying all the good things and right things : ) people want to get angry with me also cannot, except for some of the uncles here.

it is just like praising a woman. a little flattery makes the day for a woman.

Anonymous said...

You sound like the journalists in the watchtower media.

redbean said...

ya hor. i am turning into a chameleon: )

Matilah_Singapura said...

> i think it is safer and more pleasant to say good things about others. <

Hey man, you want "safe" speech? Might I suggest that you put a condom over your head and make sure it covers your mouth :)

redbean said...

you mean got so big one huh? just because you use your hand and you wear it on your hand.