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.