You may notice that there are no business people on these covers.
I saw what I assume is the April issue of Business Today, uh, today. It had Mervyn Silva on the cover. I mean, c’mon. Somewhere around the war BT went from being the usually businessy bullshit to complete propaganda. The covers were Gotabhaya repeatedly, Sarath Fonseka, et cetera. They did it to curry favor with the government, which is good business I guess, but not a very good magazine. Now the thing honestly just makes you stupider to read.
BT Options really sold out when they started producing a magazine called Target. The last time I checked it (in a confined space) there were 20 pages and over 50 photos of a Rajapaksa. It’s just insane ass-kissery.
The company was amply rewarded with the SriLankan Airlines in-flight magazine contract and other work, but what do readers get? Business Today is now a bunch of syndicated content from abroad and propaganda from here. It’s completely unusable as business or other intelligence. It’s just a front for one business – BT Options – to get in good with the government.
Perhaps Business Today was always bad and I didn’t notice, but it used to be readable. Now it’s just dumb at best, and lying to you at worst. I mean, Mervyn Silva is a man who just threatened to break the legs of journalists, and they’re putting him on the cover? Please. If you’re looking for regular corporate whoring out the Daily FT is the place, and for something a bit more unbiased, LBR produces a decent mag. Business Today has just gone off the rails.