Misled by own spin stories

Malaysiakini yesterday published an article “Big Mistake in ignoring cyber-campaign”.

One of the reasons that BN leaders have not expected the political tsunami to be so strong is because of their failure to gauge the pulse of the people. This is due to the fact that they themselves, being users of the main media, were misled by the spin stories in the main media.

Though they knew that there were poblems and discontent among the people, they were led to believe that a lot of people would still vote BN.

Call it Karma if you like, but in the end they were conned by their own spin stories.

Even Bukit Bintang was said to be 50-50 ( but anyone working in BB including this blogger knew that BN was going to lose big). Even Penang was said to be safe. But in reality, if they have gone on to the net and read some of the blogs , they would have found that blog intelligence, as reported by Raja Petra in his Malaysia-today site, had mentioned even before nomination that the Barisan rakyat would win more than 80 Parliamentary seats and 5 states.

In the end, he was proven right.

If only there were greater press freedom and the press was able to tell the truth, BN would have known that people are not only angry, people hated some of the leaders of BN government for being so arrogant and being so out of touch.

So it would do the government a lot of good that spin doctors for the main media be removed and a greater press freedom be given. If the press is free and tells the truth, then not only the people will not be misled, the Government leaders, special branch and so on will also not be misled.

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kittykat46
    Mar 26, 2008 @ 13:48:58

    Believing your own propaganda has always been a formula for political suicide.

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    Mar 26, 2008 @ 15:03:31

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  3. romerz
    Mar 27, 2008 @ 02:50:24

    Unfortunately old habits are hard to get rid of.

    Even until today, full well realizing that the main-stream-media only reports on ‘non-controversial’ events, I still find it difficult to pass the day without reading ‘The Star’ or ‘NST’.

    I try to compensate for this by reading more ‘alternative’ news sources. However, this too has its drawback. There’s a lot of anti-establishment bashing going on that makes you wonder about their purpose and agenda.

    What is really needed now, more than ever, is an impartial and professional way of bringing news to the rakyat. Preferably it should both be in printed form and virtual form.

    Whoever can provide news factually and without opinions/bias will surely do well given the present lack of choice.

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  4. Dr Hsu
    Mar 27, 2008 @ 09:41:49

    romerz,

    perhaps the first thing to do is to limit shareholdings of any single entity of a newspaper to no more than 10%, so that o one would have an absolute say, and leave the professional staff to do what they are taught to do, that is to report without fear or favour.

    No political party should control any press.

    That way, I am sure a more open and fair reporting would result.

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  5. monsterball
    Mar 27, 2008 @ 16:01:32

    I think UMNO and BN knew all along….Malaysians are against them.
    No one has the guts to tell the truths. UMNO showing their false confidence….followed by MCA….Gerakan and so clear Samy is a gone case…yet he said MIC will win 100%…..and UMNO just let him talk rubbish.
    They just cannot accept defeats gracefully.
    And look at after election…same old mentalities….and style. Anyone going against them…are wrong……even insulting the King…..when he chosed the MB for Trengganu…being his rightful status as Sultan Of Trengganu….so much insults thrown to the king/sultan.
    But if a Sultan was to reject DAP or keDAILan .. and in favour of UMNO… .heaps of praises by UMNO will be thrown to that Royalty…saying how far sighted and wise he is. That’s UMNO sickening character and mentalities.

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  6. romerz
    Mar 28, 2008 @ 00:07:00

    Dr Hsu,

    The idea of limiting to 10% shareholding of any single entity of a newspaper sounds good in theory but is it practical/workable?

    I’m of the opinion that whilst it sounds good and in theory should work, you now have the the problem of verifying that the separate entities are indeed separate.

    I guess that this would entail setting up a body to investigate all these entities and to approve future change in shareholdings.

    Who would set up this body? The government? If its the government, then we’re back to square one by giving them the power to decide who can or cannot be a shareholder of a newspaper.

    Ultimately we could see a situation where only entities who are ‘on their side’ being shareholders of newspapers.

    If we go for a monitoring body made up of representatives of the newspapers themselves, this body will be so large that it will be too cumbersome to function.

    Since writing my post on wanting a ‘neutral’ press last night, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is wishful thinking on my part.

    The reality is newspapers will always have a slant/bias as all the components from gathering, writing and editing news are in the hands of humans. Whether we admit it or not, each human being who is aware of its surrounding will have an opinion, one way or the other, and inadvertently, that opinion will more than likely creep into the final print.

    I think what is more important (though highly unrealistic) is the removal of the requirement to need a renewable license to operate a newspaper.

    Let it be free for all. Anybody who wants to can own and publish a newspaper can do so. Then we should see a slew of newspapers, each representing their respective slants throughout the whole political spectrum.

    Let the public decide which they want to read and believe and eventually, and if the majority of the general public is as fair-minded as I think they are, market forces will determine that only those who reports factually will survive.

    I know my suggestion is even less practical than yours given the present political realities but I believe that it is possible if one day, parliament is in the hands of MPs who are selfless and can see beyond their own political affiliations and strive for the betterment of the nation.

    More wishful thinking. LOL

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  7. Dr Hsu
    Mar 28, 2008 @ 09:37:05

    romerz, i agree with you that we have to do away with the requirement of renewing license.

    I also agree that there should be as many newspapers as possible and let the market force decide which survive. taiwan is on that track and see how democratic they have become.
    🙂

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  8. jeff
    Mar 29, 2008 @ 02:31:58

    If Malaysia practice true democracy, these bunch of Umno-putra gangs and thugs already out of business long time ago. All these draconian laws are necessary to keep them in perpetuate political power, so that critics and dissenters can not tell the truth.

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  9. jeff
    Mar 29, 2008 @ 02:37:53

    If Malaysia practice true democracy, these bunch of Umno-putra racist gangs and thugs already out of business long time ago. All these draconian laws are necessary to keep them in perpetuate political power, so that critics and dissenters can not tell the truth.

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