In the world of journalism ignorance is not bliss it's idiocy.The less you know the more idiotic you are.
Lazy reporters, journalists or whatever they may be called, aplenty, in this country.Like the Utusan Malaysia reporter who thought "ultra vires" uttered by Karpal Singh were words insulting the Sultan of Perak.
My English teacher would have recoiled in sheer horror.He would have said "If you don't know, ask! If you are 'bodoh sombong' than that's your funeral".
If you are shy to ask, today there are other alternative in this technological age, there are wealth of information on the Internet and it's free. All you have to do is a click of the mouse and presto! You are there.
But than, "ultra vires" if one needs to get to the bottom of it's meaning is not even English, it's Latin, but has become very English by its broad usage, particularly by the legal fraternity.
Like the student who refused to do his homework many of these purveyors of news are just too bloody lazy to get the facts of the matter right.They are the typical "makan gaji" type that took no pride in their work.
I remember when my family had a tragedy and my father and my grandparents perished in a fire that consumed my father's house Bernama reported that I was an adopted son and studying in Singapore when I am of the same flesh and blood, already married with three children, the only son and running a multi-million dollar trading and shipping business in Singapore at that time.I chose to ignore the report and consider the reporter was just too bloody lazy to do his work professionally.
Till today, I wondered who was the person that he enquired the information from.
Now, I understand why they are called reporters.Their job is just to report without worrying about the authenticity of the information.
Than you get some too smart for their own good.A video (below) shows a TV3 reporter asking Wan Azizah whether Anwar Ibrahim owned an Omega watch and she replied in the affirmative and what come next was a scatterbrain and sheer stupidity, she asked "cuba kasi tengok" asking Wan Azizah to show her the watch there and then.
Real smart ass.
Below is another stupid reporter who hassled Anwar over the same Omega watch which most people knew has not been confirmed to belong to Anwar, asking Anwar if he has the watch why has he not surrendered it to the police.Did the police asked Anwar for the watch?
Is she a rookie, or was coached by her bosses to ask those questions or just plain stupid? The police have not asked Anwar to produce the watch.They need not have to as no crime has been committed.Infidelity is not a crime, it is just something society frown upon.
"I want to show how UMNO operate" insinuated Anwar of the awfully stupid question.
Reporter bodoh UMNO yang kena.
Utusan,TV3 and all GLC media network it's about time you recruit real journalists not some half-past-six reporters incapable of asking sensible questions.