So, here’s the Straits Times report of the Pink Dot event at Speakers’ Corner in June 2012. If you do not know, Pink Dot is the annual celebratory gay event.
15,000 people had turned up for Pink Dot 2012.
This Sunday Times report had one single picture and a very short write-up about it.
And then in July, the Straits Times held its own carnival, of sorts. Called “Straits Times Appreciates Readers” (Star) party, the ST itself reports that “more than 20,000” attended the event.
The report is on the front page of the Straits Times:
And a 2-page spread on the HOME section – pages B2 and B3:
I guess it’s the Straits Times and the party is its own. Still, I can’t help but feel the ST is just going a little overboard in trumpeting its own horns.
Certainly, the Pink Dot event – in any other newspaper – would have attracted a more prominent report. But we all know what the Straits Times – govt-controlled and all – feels about giving too much publicity to events not sanctioned or approved by the State.
About a month prior to Pink Dot 2012, the Straits Times published this article by its writer, Andy Ho, along with a rather big homophobic logo to boot:
Ng Yi-sheng promptly wrote a response to Andy Ho’s article. Read it here.
Incidentally, the Straits Times readership, I am given to understand, has been falling. And its mother company, Singapore Press Holdings, has seen a 13% fall in Q3 profits this year.
To me, when a newspaper – or anyone, in fact – keeps trumpeting its own horns so regularly, it just means it is very desperate for attention, which can only come from insecurity about its own content or substance. And in this department, the Straits Times has been on the decline for many years already.
What is observable is that the decline has accelerated in the last half year.