The Daily Mirror Online is the gold standard for online news in Sri Lanka or, more accurately, the bronze standard in an age where everyone else is using sticks and voodoo. The Daily Mirror Online, however, is not actually good. Today, for example, they ran ‘Addicts behind slayings’, referring to the spate of beggar killings in Colombo. This conclusion, however, is sourced to exactly one beggar outside Town Hall, thus hardly a conclusion. In another article they said “In a shocking disclosure, which amounts to a massacre of the innocents, illegal abortion centers… are alleged to be carrying out more than 1,000 abortions daily.” On the Ban Ki-moon issue as well, they have mixed editorializing with news (badly) and to poor effect.
That said, I think the Daily Mirror online is the most innovative and hard-working news website out there. We’ve been trying to do daily news on www.thesundayleader.lk and we rely on the Daily Mirror for leads, of which they get aplenty. They’re way ahead on breaking news so we’re more trying to put the news together. At this point I hope I’m criticizing them as a colleague and a reader, not a shit-flinging blogger monkey.
The Daily Mirror is good, but it’s not great, and it could be. They’ve got the breaking news down, now they just need to fix it.