as if the papers aren’t bad enough, i get an eyeful of titty from Mahinda. The bad ‘what is wrong with me’ kind.
Blogs traditionally rehash the mainstream-media, so I’ve been trying to look at the papers/mags here. They are, however, eye-wateringly bad. I won’t get into the design here, but the tilted photos and 4,000 colors make me throw up in my mouth a little. What’s worse is that everything is profoundly biased. I don’t even like the ones that are biased in my direction cause that’s not what I read the news for. I’m hoping for a general perspective, but all I get here are fk op-eds masquerading as news. Today I was reading the Sunday Observer and the front-page had a headline – ‘Insatiable Greed’. Thought it was Mervyn again, but no, they’re tagging Ranil for saying the state media (it) is biased. How they got from that to ‘Insatiable Greed’ is a leap of bullshit. Oh, and Mahinda is a breast man.
I don’t read all the papers, but I think the bias sorta breaks down as.
a lot of this media is owned by the government, which is a horrible idea if I ever heard one. The Wijewardene’s used to own the Lakehouse publishing empire, and then the Government under Srimavo Bandaranaike simply stole it. The government taking over a free press and seizing private property is disgusting. Anyways, this is the government media I know.
* Daily News
* Sunday Observer (I think)
On the other side, there’s Wijeya, restarted by the Wijewardene’s. Incidentally run by Ranil’s relatives. I coincidentally work for them, actually, here’s full disclosure. I am paid by the World Bank to support the capitalist/imperialist takeover of Sri Lanka by Halliburton. Every time I defend Ranil they give me a cookie. These are some Wijeya papers,
* Daily Mirror
* Sunday Times
I personally think the Mirror and Sunday Times are less bald-faced about their slant, but I’m biased anyways. Government media in general sucks, though. It’s just a bad idea, both design and content wise. I wouldn’t wipe my ass with the Daily or The Observer for fear of getting my ass dirty.
One major difference is that something that’s a front page headline in the Mirror (JHU Guy Switches to UNP) will be buried in the Daily. What bothers me more is that press releases and op-ed and run as if its news. Mangala Samaraweera will spout off and the papers will run it verbatim, with 2 lines of rebuttal, if at all. I don’t think any paper should ever run a statement from a campaign manager as a headline. It’s obviously biased. Same on the other side, they’ll just run UNP press releases verbatim.
What I find more annoying is that they’ll run stuff like the ‘Insatiable Greed’ article on the front-page when it belongs in Op-Ed, if anywhere. The papers mainline editorials and I just feel like yelling that it’s not news. Even if I support the opinion, I don’t want to read it on the front-page. And this is why I can’t read the papers.