Mainstream media here continues to hold ground, said minister

Minister for Information, Communication and the Arts, Lui Tuck Yew, said 75 percent of Singaporeans consider mainstream media their “preferred source” of news, while obliquely blasting non-mainstream media for their slant over the little old lady scene in a video. Full essay.

6 Responses to “Mainstream media here continues to hold ground, said minister”


  1. 1 daniel 13 September 2009 at 00:11

    This impassioned speech should be made publicly and I will be cheering it on! Well said. I can’t agree with you more.

  2. 2 Anonymous 13 September 2009 at 07:54

    This is thoughtful and well written; when we are able to read an article of equivalent candour and insight in our local papers would be the day that the Singapore media regains its credibility and objectivity instead of being a “nation building” proxy for propoganda.

  3. 3 dyno 13 September 2009 at 10:53

    As usual, a very insightful commentary. In any given report or commentary, the writer is forced to make choices regarding which facts to include and which facts not to include (if for no other reason than space constraints). Those choices may be conscious or unconscious, sinister or benign, but they can lead the reader to reach very different conclusions. That’s why it’s important to have a marketplace of ideas. As people become more sophisticated and discerning, they will look for various points of view and then make up their own minds. So, how long “mainstream media” continues to mainstream may be in part a function of how well it can evolve into a credible platform for dialogue and diversity of opinion.

  4. 4 George 13 September 2009 at 14:50

    Incisive comments and observation. Keep it up.
    Something that the MSM can never or will never
    be able to emulate because of the govt’s lease
    around their neck.

    To teach more people on what to expect of credible,
    professional and pro-people media coverage, get them to listen to the BBC. The only problem is that the beep does not broadcast in mandarin, tamil, malay or dialect.

    I have always held that listening to the BBC increases
    your IQ, knowledge and general awareness. In contrast, listening to any of the local radio stations, esp.
    the English broadcast retards your mind in every dept. In fact, I hold the view that the local radio stations makes you stupid and keep you stupid.

    AND VERY OFTEN THE PROGRAMME PRESENTERS THEMSELVES
    ARE IGNORAMUSes. FEW OF THEM CAN HOLD EVEN A VERY DIM CANDLE TO THE LIKES OF BBC PRESENTERS LIKE MAX PEARSON, ETC.

    I pay broadcast licence fee only to listen to the BBC which is foc! What an irony.

  5. 5 Robert L 13 September 2009 at 21:19

    Well done, YB, for this article – and thank you very much indeed for probing into this matter.

    The power of alternative media is to probe beyond the misdirection that the mainstream media perpetuate.

    Still on the subject of the old lady, even while accepting at face value all the facts as reported in mainstream media, we can hardly avoid looking deeper and wonder why the five children of this old lady can allow her to continue to labour as she does.

    Come on, fellas, how many of you would allow your aged mother to earn her own living by collecting scrap cardboard? And of ALL FIVE of her children, none of them did anything?

    What kind of upbringing of our Singapore citizens does this reflect? How much moral education have our schools lost while they focus on math and science?

    Our media trumpets success when local math textbooks are adopted by the West. Do we have any moral/civics textbooks to show, let alone showcase? Or is it the complete opposite – that the teaching of moral/civics have been totally abandoned by our Ministry of Education?

  6. 6 paintingwithhands 14 September 2009 at 14:44

    Yawning bread, you make a big issue of whether the MSM checked up on what the minister said concerning this lady pushing a cart.

    If memory serves correctly, did you bother to check with the 90% of anonymous bloggers when you proclaimed to the whole blogosphere how it was not necessary to pay heed to their rights?

    Think abt it>

    Double standards?


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