The furore surrounding AirAsia X CEO Azran Osman Rani is still yet to die down.
Another English media this week took a shot at Utusan. This time it is the weekly business newspaper The Edge (July 8-15).
The Edge senior managing editor Azam Aris wrote:
<quote> “Azran had, in the last couple of months, come under fire from many sides, notably right-wing Malays, over his facebook and twitter quotes, in which he said plainly that he is a Malaysian who is anti-racism and was disgusted with Utusan Malaysia‘s editorial slant.
“This follows the daily paper’s front page headline ‘Apa lagi Cina mahu’ – or what more do the Chinese want – following the community’s overwhelming support for the opposition during the last general election.
“Many deemed the headline, printed in red, as offensive and racist, which is not healthy when the BN government is going its way out to promote the 1Malaysia concept of promoting racial unity and parity.
“Utusan Malaysia‘s position is that as an Umno newspaper, it is entitled to its opinion although some hold the view that media companies, notably those listed on Bursa Malaysia and which practise corporate social responsibility, should be made more accountable. Media companies are not bloggers or social media commentators. They are run by professional journalists who are bound to abide by ethical and responsible reporting.” <unquote>
Scissorati “professional”? Assassins lah
Hmm, what about those who are disgusted with The J-Star‘s editorial slant that backstabs the BN?
What about those who are disgusted with The J-Star‘s position as a sneakily pro-DAP newspaper and lately not bothering much to hide it anymore?
Although The J-Star is entitled to its opinion, some hold the view that media companies, notably those deemed as belonging to BN components should not be misrepresented as an MCA mouthpreach when it is actually delivering DAP sermons all the time.
Its owner should be made more accountable for the hatchet job carried out by its Scissorati.
Media companies are not bloggers or social media commentators. They are run by professional journalists who are bound to abide by ethical and responsible reporting.
And you can see for yourself how professional The J-Star is in its photo selection of those politicians that the paper wants to run down, in contrast with its favoured DAP evangelistas who are lavished with TLC.
Yesterday I gave a pop quiz on The J-Star‘s front page choice of politicians.
Who did you find easiest to recognize? Were the Top 3 Nurul Izzah, Tony Pua and Khalid Samad?
Did you manage to recognize any of the BN politicians?
Can you name the Wanita MCA president?
What does this recognition factor tell you about the editorial bias of The J-Star the last 5 years?