…HOW ALIKE THE EDITORS OF THE MEDIA THINK AND HOW MALAYSIAN MEDIA ARE THE UNPAID AND UNRECOGNIZED PROPAGANDISTS FOR THE WEST (READ AMERICA).
By Mansor Puteh
I find it strange, if not weird how the news that are reported in the news programs on television and the newspapers are the same.
I cannot believe all the editors comprise of people who have the same brains and attitudes, that they want to broadcast news which are the same as their competitors, so much so that so few news are shared with the Malaysian public.
I can understand if the television stations and newspapers are from the same media organizations, but how could their competitors too put out the same news?
I can fully understand if they are local news since they usually involve local dignitaries and media creators.
But I cannot understand if they are foreign news.
Do the editors have a club where they habitually and continuously consult with each other on what they want to publish on the front-page of their papers?
Sometimes they do.
Editors are known to consult with their counterparts on what they can publish on the front-page of their own papers, so that they can highlight the same issue or matter.
But I cannot believe they can go on and continuously consult with each other for the other news, especially the foreign ones.
It is worse, when we see the same Hollywood gossips are broadcast on television and in the newspapers.
One can hardly see newspapers abroad, especially those in the west which publish the same news, unless if they are of global significant, involving world figures.
The problem is that each of the newspapers has their own preferences that they care about what they want to publish and not choose from a list of stories to publish.
Even then, they may not be similar to what their counterparts are publishing except for the news which involves important or global issues.
And what is even worse, is how the media organization in Malaysia actively and unabashedly claim to be the unpaid propagandist for the west (read America), when they would offer pages and pages of stories on them.
Even the Hollywood gossips which do not normally make it to the mainstream media in America are published by the mainstream media in Malaysia.
And the editors or the news programs and newspapers as well as the producers of the many entertainment programs on television mostly comprise of those who had not really studied or lived in America.
Here lies the problem that they must behave as such by over-promoting America so that they can be seen to be modern and broadminded, when in fact, they are narrow-minded.
They are the unrecognized and unpaid propagandists for America.