When I quit the NST in March 2008, there was already some considerable clash of ideals within me.
Just as the nation was hit with the so-called 2008 Electoral Tsunami, so too was our motley group of media practitioners (chewah!) in Ipoh similarly affected.
I guess I just got fed up with having to toe the political line in having to cover the functions and events of the-then sore losers of Perak Barisan.
On hindsight, I am sure glad I am out of the journalistic loop vis-à-vis the current scenario of heavily politicized and overly partisan “news” coverage.
So much so that integrity is being given a quick and painful kick in the butt. Just like this alleged replacing of the word “Scientology” with “Islam” of a supposed speech by Australian Senator Nick Xenophon as per the following excerpt:
“What we are seeing is a worldwide pattern of abuse and criminality. On the body of evidence, this is not happening by accident; it is happening by design. Islam is not a religious organisation. It is a criminal organisation that hides behind its so-called religious beliefs.”
Were the words uttered by a Malaysian, surely there’ll be groups calling for his or her head by now.
It is a silly act, though, as such copy pasting could be - and in fact was - easily discovered.
But then again, I remembered having to tweak an article on the political sentiments of the Kinta Valley Chinese community as to favor the Barisan Nasional pre-2008 General Elections.
My colleagues from the other Press had a good laugh at my expense when the byline-less observations - written under protest - saw light.
I read also today of journalists donning black in protest of violence against media personnel especially during Saturday’s monumental Bersih 3.0 rally which turned quite ugly.
The Chinese papers reportedly came out with Black front pages in solidarity to this cause.
Over at the other main stream newspapers, though, things seemed pretty much status quo.
Saw BH front paging “news” of some horse-ying involving opposition MPs Anwar and Kit Siang and I couldn’t care less what Utusan, Kosmo and Metro had on theirs.
Fair to say that these papers pretty much crossed the Rubicon of impartiality for a while now.
What’s scary is that they continue to be the main source of “news” for a good majority in the community.
Toxic nation building. In walloping dollops.