Thursday, November 18, 2010

The cat that was out of the bag a long time ago

You may want to read this article here about another typical 'airtime scandal'. However, its not about one who monopolises it but a TV commentator who went against the journalism ethics by dedicating much of his shows to the politicians he supports.

MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann was suspended without pay for giving too much airtime and also cash contributions to three Democratic politicians in his “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” show last week.

What the so-called Olbermann scandal has done, though, is reignite a national dialogue about a code of conduct for journalism in a new age of modern digital media and news saturation, and at the same time further underscore the confusion among many information consumers about the increasingly blurred line between news and opinion.

Olbermann is known for blasting the political right, particularly Republicans, and touting the policies of the political left.

In short, his program gives Democratic candidates and liberal causes the air time equivalent of millions of dollars in free publicity. Some would say that benefit greatly overshadows a few thousand dollars in personal contributions

Wow! But here in Malaysia, it is not a 'sin' to contribute thousand hours of airtime to politics. In fact, our TV stations, irrespective of government-owned or private-owned 'pro-govt', have subscribed to this form of propaganda a long time ago. Even the pro-Opposition private station like TV Selangor is specially founded to support the Pakatan Rakyat-led state government.

Such a 'ball game' by newscasters and news producers used to draw viewers to incline towards the political party they ride but the perception has changed. Most of us are getting blase!

And this monopoly will go on unchecked. Just like the awarding of television airtime to selected few, other airtime (including that of telecommunications) will come under the control of the same players. If you are new, dont waste your time, effort and money trying to get one!

8 comments:

cucukman said...

a cat and a pussy is same lor.

here in malaysia, a pussy can make it big by giving big airtime to politicians, esp those of the ruling party.

so, what this mat saleh did is not at all wrong...

Anonymous said...

jai,

airtime is control. those given and awarded are in control of politics, business and future.

our tv stations are actually idiots for allocating so much time to politics instead of educating the viewers.

usin begok said...

betul.

memang menyampah tengok rancangan politik yang melampau dan meloyakan!

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Anonymous said...

Jailani Harun, orang Moncino, Melaka. A veteran journalist who used to cover the Iran-Iraq war during the early 1980s, Lebanon and Afghanistan. The only Malaysian journalist who managed to interview leaders like Saddam Hussein, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Muammar Gaddafi, Kim Dae-jung, Lech Walesa and Mikhail Gorbachev, of which only few were published as his editor-in-chief then was an idiot. Also interviewed hardcores like Harchand Singh Longowal of Khalistan and Ibrahim Babangida. Now a member of a think-tank group, analyst of international and diplomatic affairs and a writer.

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Anonymous said...

jai,

kalau ksu info ministry tu yang kau maksudkan, aku sokong. dia memang nampaknya alim, tapi....

david chua said...

journalism in malaysia is as such too, plays too many balls!