While Prabowo has sustained a political defeat, he got plenty of votes and his campaign team shouldn’t feel shamed by the result – it was clear but close.
But shame is surely an understatement for the feelings appropriate to the editorial management of TV(Prabow)One, which fed us one shovel-load of statistical hogwash after another on election day.
All those ridiculous quick-count figures showing results exactly the opposite of the poll-booth realities will not quickly be forgotten. It’s one thing to say that some TV channels are biased, or that Metro TV favoured Jokowi as much as TVOne favoured Prabowo.
But at least Metro’s quick-counts had a relationship to the truth.
Their stats actually reflected what we learned today are the true results. TVOne’s were a joke. As is TVOne itself, unless and until it removes itself from the editorial control of Bakrie’s puppets.
Which it won’t.
Having said all that, I am not impressed by Tifatul Sembiring’s threat to go after both those stations for bias. http://indonesiasatu.kompas.com/read/2014/07/21/17215651/izin.siaran.tv.one.dan.metro.tv.terancam.distop?utm
He’s the Minister of Communications, and, as it happens, a leading light in the Prosperous Justice Party, thus a faithful follower of Bin Laden fan Anis Matta, who leads the fanatic PKS.
Given that affiliation, I doubt there’s any likelihood of action by the Ministry on endless failure by just about all the media here to make even a pretence of even-handed coverage of the Mid-East.
Even as I was typing this, TVOne was rabbiting mindlessly about Israeli ‘aggression’ and Israel’s ‘brutal action.’
They just had a Palestinian ‘scholar’ on, nobody to balance his obviously one-sided input.
This bare-faced bias goes on all day, that whining ‘Gaza Song’ repeated over and over, not a single note of distress heard for those Israeli civilians targetted by Hamas, and those three Jewish hitch-hikers brutally slain are already forgotten.
- And much more significant in my view, extraordinarily disproportionate concern for casualties among Arabs in Palestine than Arabs in Iraq (both Muslim and Christian) who are under ferocious attack by ISIS, the jihadists perpetrating an orgy of murder and rape on innocent people.
It’s hard not to conclude that much of the media here is motivated by crude Jew-hatred.
Downtown Jakarta demo – no hour-long TVOne yap-fest on this evil outfit
Otherwise why the obsession with Israeli ‘misdeeds’ whilst ISIS runs bloodily amok and their atrocities merit only a TINY percentage of the coverage Gaza gets?
However, that’s an international issue.
What about the much more locally offensive bias shown by numerous tv and print media (including Metro TV) whereby they use the word ‘tobat’ (repent) when referring to ‘conversion’ by persecuted minorities.
An alternative would be ‘apostasise’ but that has as many negative connotations as ‘repent!’.
To ‘repent’ means they have done something wrong and are righting that wrong.
That is gross sectarian misrepresentation.
They are simply changing their form of worshipping God, from one perfectly respectable way to another.
One hopes that when Tifatul is replaced with somebody less peculiar (recall he’s the bloke who would/wouldn’t shake hands with Michelle Obama on sectarian sexist grounds) the new Minister may remedy this rubbish reporting. .