Reactions to Prof Koh's post:
Prof Koh says don't insult my good friend Chua Mui Hoong hor!
“…I am disappointed to see you accuse ST of biased reporting. Newspaper space is limited. We chose 3 pictures but filed articles on all four panels. The article on Cherian and Janil’s discussion online included a photo as bandwidth unlike print does not have space constraints.
“Similarly we can’t reflect every rebuttal or give-and- take in an exchange unless a full transcript is published. Reporting on what Josephine Teo said but not your rebuttal is not bias. I am sure you know ST will not shut out alternative views from you.
“ST after all was the medium that hosted your first article advocating a minimum wage years ago, and we have been consistent in offering your views ample space and coverage – which I as op-ed editor am (very) happy to provide because I believe your views enrich the national discourse.
“My colleagues on the ground do their best to write up and file reports under tight deadlines and space constraints. They do their best to offer a fair summary of proceedings. They cannot give a complete or full picture – but that is a far cry from being biased.
“Prof your views are influential and carry weight and I would respectfully ask you to consider the space and time constraints they operate under that lead to omissions and not attribute omissions to bias.”
“…First, if there is room for only 3 photos, why choose to omit the one with Cherian George? Second, the biased reporting is a consistent pattern of ST. The report on the dialogue between DPM Tharman and me on Thursday evening is another good example. The ST report is focused on what the DPM said at the Dialogue. It omits reference to all the facts I cited on poverty and inequality in Singapore. The Dialogue was reported as a monologue.”
This whole damn thing is a scripted show from the get-go and you fucking fools just soak up the drama ever so naively.