Where does the NST stand on major issues?
Firmly by the side of whoever’s got the whip
Even before the first canister was fired or the first baton thumped on a wary head, or an SB boot thudded into a chest or a kneee, you knew where the NST stood. By the side, cheering them on, of course.
Long before the action began, the blurb proclaimed it:
July 9 crackdown
It has been ordained that the day’s story is about a cracking down, and not about people who are about to be cracked upon.
The sick man of Balai Berita (the paper with the lowest circulation) was all fired up for July 9’s showdown between the people and the power. And the NST came firmly down on the side of power by reporting the day’s events live — from the police point of view, of course.
This way to the grandstand, please, for a view of how to carry out a crackdown.
They also used the opportunity for a few digs at the Star, which doesn’t use the Cover-It-Live app for occasions like these.
Interspersed between solid reporting of nice tame police in action were pictures of violent demonstrators, a long quotation from a slightly nervous Chinese tourist praising democracy in action, the usual photos of foreign tourists being inconvenienced, and the usual reports of businesses closed for the day.
Once in a way came the odd comment from readers. Quite a few praised the NST for its live reporting. Quite a few said they would now drop the Star in favour of the NST. (I didn’t know policemen knew how to read, frankly, even more astonishing, apparently they can read English.)
These comments surprisingly found their way in, even as the NST was apologising for not being able to update readers’ comments because of the fast-moving action.
The next time you want to know how your tax ringgit is at work beating you over the head, you know which paper to read. Let’s hear it for the PDRM, the Home Ministry and the Special Branch.
All together now: Ptuuiiii.