The shameless partisan tone of coverage in Umno and MCA controlled newspapers received brickbats from online commentators; the Malaysian Insider’s headline “Print media attacks Bersih, praises cops” on Shannon Teoh’s report summed up the pro-police line by the press (on instructions from the top needless to say).
Yesterday we carried a critique here of the propagandistic and heavily pro-police tone of NST live reporting from the rally; in a self-serving report this morning, the NST had a response of sorts: two paragraphs crowing about 18,000 views of its live reporting. Not something to boast about: Malaysia Today, essentially a blog, can get as much as 30,000 to 50,000 page views on hot topics. A photograph of Elaine Pedley’s mum at the rally attracted 15,000 page views to take just one example.
from Shannon Teoh’s report:
• Utusan Malaysia front-paged the 1,401 arrests under the headline “Police efforts succeed.”
• Berita Harian and New Straits Times slammed the electoral reform movement for bringing chaos to the city.
• New Sunday Times front-paged a picture of a protestor in the act of throwing an object with the headline “Peaceful?”
• NSunT op-ed page accused the [Bersih] coalition of 62 NGOs of “wrecking the weekend”
• The Star (MCA) lamented in an editorial that “if every complaint [goes] to the streets, bringing a city to a standstill, people would not be getting much work done”.
However, Wong Chun Wai’s column in the Star this morning earned some plaudits from Twitterers for being fair.
Online views, in some Tweets on Sunday morning: