This is the Mother of all Bersih 2.0 Video, you just to have to Watch This.
Note: Make sure you pump up the volume.
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The NST today has what it calls an explanation for the huge photo of a Bersih demonstrator used on the front wrapper of the New Sunday Times. The explanation is to rebut claims on the Internet that the photo was faked. The trouble with that explanation is that it does not quite ring true.
Was it an actual photograph of a protest demonstrator about to hurl something, presumably a tear gas canister back at the police? Possible. But when was this photo taken? It looks eerily familiar. Not just to my eyes: another former NST editor said it looked just like a photograph from another protest rally, maybe 2007s Bersih rally, or even earlier.
And the NSTs explanation of its photograph, and the use of the Reuters photograph as backup evidence, also looks eerily familiar.
So, too, the 14-page coverage of the Berish rally also looks all too familiar: the empty church where a wedding was postponed, the story of lost business, the story of two hours of madness even a first-person account by a woman reporter gushing about how exciting it all was. She almost died in the crush, the headline said. You could have written almost the same story for a first-timer on a Cup final night, or a Sunday night at a PC Fair at KLCC. The crush is quite bad there, too. Sometimes people slip and fall. Sometimes people faint. The only thing missing is massed ranks of police and FRU, tear gas and water cannon. So the NST doesnt assign reporters to write execrable gushing accounts of the crush at a PC Fair.
Of course, there will be pages of heavy analysis and commentary by the NSTs top hatchet men earning their datoships and their fancy titles and their fancy perks.
If the NSTs coverage all looks familiar, its because it fits into a formula. The Umno owners of the newspaper, and their security guards m! asquerin g as guardians of the law, only want one thing: to look good and for the protesters to seem evil.
Another protest rally? Do what we did before, just update the facts. Rinse and repeat. So there is a stale sameness to the coverage of the NST.
The New Sunday Times was not a newspaper this week. It was a propaganda machine, with a huge team of reporters and editors busy doing a so-called professional job, writing exciting stories, producing good copy, checking spellings, writing great headlines, producing award-winning photographs.
The end-result of all that professional activity is to produce an effective piece of propaganda. Real journalism not necessary. Just reporting, editing, and photography skills needed. Journalists not required, loyal newspaper workers will do.
At times of crises, when the future of their owners and their owners police dogs are at stake, real journalism to seek the unbiased truth becomes a hindrance.
At times like these, the New Straits Times and the New Sunday Times become the New Shameless Times. Its not a question of whether one photograph was doctored.
The whole newspaper was doctored.