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Thursday, May 25, 2006

We Luv U, KT

For about a fortnight, the dreadful Khaleej Times has been running a campaign to have construction work carried out at night rather than during the day. It's not an unreasonable request on sites that are a long way from residential areas, but the way that KT has run this campaign is disgraceful. Every day there has been an article on the front page, in which opinion is presented as headline news, and the impression is given that there is a huge groundswell of support from the government, the industry, and the public at large.

When in fact, based on a KeefieboyTM survey, 100% of respondents interviewed thought otherwise.

But here's the thing. Any newspaper can print whatever it likes, and can get away with. While there are professional standards that journos are supposed to abide by, at the end of the day if they want to keep their job, they have to please those who pay them. And as KT relentlessly drives into National Enquirer territory, anyone who equates journalism with truth is going to have a hard time working for this organisation.

Which brings us to a Gulf News report today about a journalist who was sacked by the Khaleej Times because he disapproved of the way this campaign is being conducted.

P Chandran, KT's Editor, had this to say:

Nothing special about his case. It keeps happening with the organisation.

Yes Mr Chandran, I bet it does.

2 Comments:

Blogger Seabee said...

I did a piece on Gulf News today too - at least we all see the papers for what they are, read them for a giggle and get the news from somewhere else.

(I said "all" - I wonder if that's an exaggeration? Maybe there are readers who take it seriously. No! Could it be? Surely not. But then again...)

4:59 pm  
Blogger Herlock Sholmes said...

KT? Is this a new Toilet paper brands? I use Kleenex myself.

12:23 pm  

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