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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Utusan Malaysia is the stupidest newspaper in the world - the proof

I laughed my head off. The mee rebus which I had for lunch is now threatening to make its way upward and later, outward.

Many Malaysians have given up with the mainstream media. That is because their so called responsible journalism entails nothing more than the act of extreme spinning of facts and events to suit their political masters or their own not-so-hidden agenda.

I have ceased reading the local newspapers for a long long time. I have for example, berated against the NST for their treatment of the Bersih rally some time ago.

Despite all the lies, untruth and skewed reporting that these newspapers have been carrying all these while, the Prime Minister recently saw it fit to hail Utusan Malaysia for, among others, "being the voice of the people".

Well, I now have proof that Utusan Malaysia is nothing more than a loyal servant of their political masters. I now have proof that Utusan Malaysia will not stop at almost anything in order to protect its political masters. For whatever is deemed necessary to protect its political masters, Utusan Malaysia would stoop as low as physic permits to do and execute. And that includes misrepresentations and even downright lying. It will even doctor photographs!

The thing is this. They are not even good at doing it!! To lie and misrepresent an event is something. But to do it in a really stupid way is another thing altogether. Do Utusan Malaysia think that all of us, Malaysians, are as stupid as themselves?

We are in a globalisation era. We are in the cyber era. We are not in the 60s or 70s anymore. Nowadays, stupidity is easily exposed.

What am I ranting and raving about? Well, I received an e mail from a friend of mine just now. It contained a picture of an event which took place on 9.11.2009. The same picture was published by many local newspapers while reporting the same event.

As the story goes, a man in his 70s was arrested for allegedly killing his wife. The following picture was published by Berita Harian:

Berita Harian

This was in the Star:

the star2

And this was in Harian Metro:

Harian Metro

Notice the blue umbrella? That umbrella has the Barisan Nasional emblem on it. Quite obviously, that umbrella was distributed by the Barisan Nasional during some kind of election as it has the "vote-BN" emblem on it.

Utusan Malaysia, thinking that the stupid masses of Malaysia might equate Barisan Nasional to a person arrested for an alleged murder because of that blue umbrella, quickly exercised its responsible journalistic discretion by DOCTORING the same photograph and published the same in its report as follows:

Utusan

This is my proof that Utusan Malaysia is the stupidest newspaper in the whole world!

77 comments:

Kris said...

That's not being stupid! That's fraudulent!!! They have altered the facts of a story. That has to be criminal, to doctor the picture and publish it like that.If they could do it to something as innocuous as an umbrella what else could they stoop to? What other lies can they propagate? The skies the limit I guess!

ahCheo said...

I guess Utusan Malaysia have a bunch of good photo editing people inside, they touch up the photo and see! not only the umbrella is different, the overall color of the photo is improved and smoothen! LOL!

Anonymous said...

people stupid,no medicine to cure,waste medicine.

Bob said...

This is being a good citizen. They have to be rewarded for this. I would like to nominate them for the "Anugerah Negara" as they are being responsible. Pity they didnt change the color to green or light blue with a red border. If they did that, then I would have nominated them for the Anugerah Terbangga Nasional Malaysia (ATNM or Kena Hantam).

Anonymous said...

At least they just erased out the logo.... what they should have done was super-impose the logo of PAS or PKR.... much much better

samsaimon said...

Wow Art,

You caught Najib in his G-string eh!

Anonymous said...

This stupid paper survives because there are stupid readers in the country.

Exotic photos from Borneo said...

Even though UM is stupid and fraudulent, it still has a lot of readers. Imagine that.

PahNur said...

pure substance abuse!! someone stole your talk cock eater and sprayed it onto that UMNO logo :)

Anonymous said...

No wonder they are called Utusan Meloya! sungguh meloyakan - nauseating!

Congrats Art for your sharp eyes!

Anonymous said...

art...
photos in the NEWS suppose to be Original.
not altered. SHOULD never ALTERED.
if u do, u are BREAKING BASIC rules like Rukunegara.
and UM must be #$$%% to do it.
In this case UM and its Master.
BLOOD is on you hand
You just LIED to the WHOLE NATION.
but for this country/gov/mmc will not see this as MISTAKE.
NO LAWS were broken.
Just ETHICS were compromised.
this is OK... bolehlah... MALAYSIA BOLEH
tak apa... tak paya saman dia ... Emmmm
Art TQ for SHARING.
KAMSIA

Anonymous said...

dear Art Am a fan of yours May i make a small request to you to be a little sensitive to our friends 'the little people' as your expression left me and i am sure other followers of your column a little pained Please..

art harun said...

Anonymous at 16:27,

No offence was intended and I am sorry. Correction made.

Thanks for bringing it up.

ANN BK3 said...

"UTUSAN MALAYSIA IS THE STUPIDEST NEWSPAPER IN THE WORLD"------- Well just to recap, they have been and until kingdom come will be the record holder cos no one can even come close to their 'achievements' and the great irony is that they always get away with it!!.. PROVEN OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

Jack2 said...

Utusan Meloya!

Anonymous said...

Art, I'm afraid that you are a bit slow. Most of us knew that Utusan Malaysia was a stupid paper long ago. Like you said, they are not even good enough in spinning. It's run by a pack of racist dogs good at only wagging their tails whenever their masters call.

joolee said...

Of course, the decision to doctor the picture was an artistic one. That blue umbrella looks so much better without the logos messing it up.

teo siew chin said...

these sort of newspapers can submit their articles to stupid.com

Anonymous said...

Art,

As Utusan is the most stupidest newspaper in the world and yet our 1PM 1Najib hails the Utusan as being the "Voice of the People", I can only conclude that our 1PM has also got to be the most stupidest PM in the world. I rest my case. Case closed, no further action.

Anonymous said...

Art,

UM might be a shitty paper but how is that doctoring even material? Blame them for being over-sensitive, yes, but their doctoring of the photo does not change the facts behind the story they are covering, does not spin anything. Many TV shows bleep out or emblems of corporations or political parties because they don't want to be seen to be endorsing them or alternatively portraying them in a negative light.

I could actually see a scenario where rabid PR supporters look at the photo with the "Vote BN" emblem and start saying that this is some form of subliminal advertising asking people to support BN because the photo shows BN to be tough on crime.

Anonymous said...

Well what do you expect UM employ a whole bunch of pea brain journalist who does not have their own mind

Atchoo! said...

Here's another incredulous piece of news from Utusan Malaysia... not sure its massive spin-doctoring or whether the politician concerned is really an unprincipled and fork-tongued b*st*rd.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately there is no cure for stupidity.

Anonymous said...

and there are still Melayu arse-holes reading this toilet paper!!!

Anonymous said...

Dear boss of UMNO,

Don't you ever think it is MORALLY WRONG for UM to resort to such blatant diregard of decency.

And it is not MORALLY RIGHT for Najib to keep his mouth shut

Anonymous said...

A bunch of "kaki bodek" at work..

mob1900 said...

Utusan Meloya & The Bintang has just reaffirmed the state of the ruling Axis of Buffoonery: Stupidest and Totally Clueless about the rakyat!

As for doctoring the pic, they need to hire yours truly for a better job at it. ;)

Anonymous said...

Utterly Moronic paper is a waste of planet's resource - darn racist, seditious and spins fantastic lies for the govt. Everyone knows this lah!!

angela ooi

rkm said...

spotted on Fed Highway, Utusan Meloya's gigantic muka-tak-malu advertisement:

BESAR
BERANI
BERPENGARUH


sebab itu surat khabar ini sesuai dijadikan tisu tandas, sebab memang hebat di dalam arena mengipas dan menjila* bon*o* certain quarters.

mikestation said...

never imagine a newspaper agency can be so stupid.

don't associate that stupid act with doctor la. the right word is "post process" or "photoshop".

tsunami unleashed said...

correct.. correct... correct... the stupidest newspaper in the world? agreed. and the worst part, utusan made known its stupdidity at its lowest level.. its already stupidity and stupidity at its lowest... what a sad utusan. they show stupid photo (the umbrella)and they stupidly doctored the stupid photo and than they stupidly wrote stupid article.

So, what say you. cos i say, utusan survive on pure stupidity.... LOL..

onghony said...

Utusan Melayu is not only the stupidest newspaper in Malaysia, it is also the most racist. It is the propaganda arm of UMNO. To take all the trouble to blue out the BN emblem simply is ridiculous, it also shows the lack of ethics.

DaNieL_YiP 大牛叶 said...

Thank you for brighten up my day.

Can I repost this in chinese?

Ladynoe™ said...

naik meluat tengok iklan akhbar "tergah" malaysia di tengah-tengah Jalan TAR.

hai lah utusan melayu.

what a joke.

budakkacamata said...

Someday, Utusan will censor any BN t-shirts & umbrellas worn by Mat Rempits and Bohsias.

Lambang BN pun mau censor ke, Utusan? It's just an umbrella, right? Looks like these Utusan staffs have a fear of being ridiculed.

Anonymous said...

This is priceless. I don't know whether to laugh or to cry!
Malaysia Boleh!!!

Long Man said...

wow.... where in the heaven you got your eyes? very observant ya... spot on art...

magellan said...

sensational stuff! finally you have proven their stupidity! actually they did it themselves, they thought all other newspapers would do the same. keep up the good work of exposing fraudulent shitheads!

SANSIRO said...

exercised its responsible journalistic discreton by>>>Hahaha
I must the editor can be the next IGP,AG or even PM.

Anonymous said...

Tagline "Penyebar Fikiran Rakyat" I would say they are "Peracun Fikiran Rakyat"

PM said...

Can you blame the stupid reporters and staff from producing the stupidest newspaper.

backStreetGluttons said...

Utusan is immoral and a big cheat !
Shame shame shame.

You got them by the balls TQ

Anonymous said...

The most IDIOTEST newspaper in the world....must change name to Utusan Bangang

Anonymous said...

Did anyone noticed the guy wearing a white shirt & dark blue pant was using shoes in all publication but slippers on the Utusan? Is ther a hidden message from Utusan for tihs slipper? What does it mean?

teo siew chin said...

oooops....better not demonise the newspaper else they'll be printing a lot more crap.

Sting-Ray said...

Doctoring of the umbrella is plain pathetic. Shame on you The Editor of Utusan Malaysia!!!

Anonymous said...

Be very careful. This type STUPIDITY is highly contagious. Pls do not read the paper. Still no cure for this disease...

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Art for another brilliant article. Like I have said many times over, you have never failed to charm me.

I am so glad you give Utusan Malaysia a peace of your mind.

Someone commented that Utusan Malaysia is run by a pack of racist dogs. This is very true.

The head honcho of this pack of racist dogs is its Editor. This Editor has blog called Rocky Bru. His real name is Atan whatever. His articles are full of spin and racist slant.

He is a real moron. I visited his blog once, a link from Malaysiakini and that was the last.

I was told he is a fat arse too.
Now, this Atan whatever aka Rocky Bro is going to do damage control and you will see on the front page of UM the reason why one of his pack of racist dogs doctored the pic.

This pack of racist dogs have noodles between their ears...nothing else.


Siebel.


Siebel.

Anonymous said...

Those who buy and read UM are "stu-pig" with "pig" brain.

Haris said...

@Anonymous: If they indeed think that doctoring the picture and removing the BN logo doesn't change anything then why do it all? That they did do it though says that it does indeed matter, at least to them.

I could maybe see them maybe blurring the logo if the "they don't want to be seen to be endorsing them or alternatively portraying them in a negative light" excuse is to be bought, but removing it altogether? That seems a bit Orwellian to me.

donplaypuks® said...

You'd better print a retraction, quick, Art.

M'sian Soc for Cows & Cars has investigated and found that it is the Star, Harian Metro and Berita Harian that had doctored the picture to implicate a certain political party!

They are busy looking for the only witness to this dastardly act of sabotage. He has apparently disappeared to Auckland Zoo or Geneva. No, not the witness who testified at the RCI so incriminatingly, but the one we all don't know of and about whose whereabouts they don't need the public's assistance either!! Lol!!

dpp
We are all of 1 race, the Human Race

Anonymous said...

HEHEHEHEHE......

UM defense: Actually BN logo is not there, other newspapers put it up.

Hehehehehe...

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"and there are still Melayu arse-holes reading this toilet paper!!!"

Dear Anon, lets not promote racism and be stereo-typed. Dont you think it sounds better "and there are still arse-holes reading this toilet paper!!!" ;)

Thanks Art for the observation. TGIF!

Anonymous said...

even an SB uncle of mine(small SB ma!)said chances the police even reclothed that old man to wear sarong and 'kupiah putih' to make it looks like Pas guy lo..!

HC said...

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

by Albert Einstein.

Anonymous said...

Siebel

Atan of RockyBru is the Editor of Malay Mail. I have to admit he has improved the Malay Mail since taking over the mantle.

"Utusan Malaysia" is an excellent channel for the propagation of specialized (or "Need2Know"/ managed) information to the public.

They are doin a great job. Their articles are excellent and well trained journalists who are legally astute. They now know all legal terms including CAVEAT EMPTOR.

You have to understand, they are the Voice of the Rakyat. They know what you need b4 u know it. Just follow instructions that the editors and journos of Utusan write, you will be fine and all Awang's will be safe. Else it may not be safe 4 everyone and you may be invited to have a stay at the beautiful and restful resort in Kamunting.

Bob

Anonymous said...

Unethical, low, cheap, brainless - is called "the brain is in the ass"

Sara said...

What an eye opener Art!UM is indeed the master of illusion..A WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING..I might say..aye!

Anonymous said...

UM should stop printing...Save paper...we'll chop less trees...

Rocky's Bru said...

Dear Art, great scoop man!

This is not the stupidest thing we've seen in the media, new and old, but yes this is Utusan Malaysia at its stupidest.

Editors/journalists worth their salt don't do this sort of things. The examples you gave are proof - The Star, Berita Harian and Metro did not photoshop the picture. Only Utusan did and whoever decided to do it cannot be a journalist. If you do not want it to be there in the picture, just crop it! That's photojournalism 101.

The right thing for Utusan to do is apologize for the attempt to dupe its readers. I don't expect the "head" responsible for this journalistic sin to roll, but he should bury his head in the sand for a long time.

Thank you.

p.s Thanks Bob for correcting Anonymous about fact that I am not the Editor of Utusan Malaysia. And for the pat on the back. Appreciate it.

ow said...

1 more stupid case have done by UNTUSAN:

-UTUSAN ~ http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/info.asp?y=2009&dt=1112&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Dalam_Negeri&pg=dn_04.htm

now compare with other media report , let check the actual amount sure only in RM89,000.00 NOT RM890,000.00 by UTUSAN!!!

-themalaysianinsider ~ http://themalaysianinsider.com/index.php/malaysia/43091-rm89000-worth-of-tear-gas-expended-on-anti-isa-protestors-
-BERNAMA ~ http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsgeneral.php?id=454390...

Anonymous said...

I was thinking what to do with this useless thing,boycott waste time no satisfaction so after a few days I have decided that this is the best. Once a week I go buy me a copy the thick one usually on Saturday then i will lay it on the ground and let my dog shit on it wrap it up and dispose it now this is really satisfying another way once a month you wife or daughter will have the one month thing ya use it for "bungkus". Satisfying right.

Anonymous said...

Utusan also manipulated the picture of Tengku Razaleigh wearing a sigar (Kadazandusun headgear) and published on the front page with the title "Ku Li Junjung Salib". I stopped reading Utusan then. In 1990 I stopped reading Utusan, in 1994 I stopped watching TV3!

Anonymous said...

Talking about racism, I think almost all the newspapers in Malaysia have 'some degree' of racial stench in them, Chinese newspaper, Tamil, Kadazan etc2. But the ‘problem’ is it is not the ‘newspaper’ that are at the core of this all; it is surprisingly the society at large. You, me and anyone else. It deals with our believe system and it is at the very core of them all... Let say me, coming from a mix race, I have Malay friends, Chinese, Kadazan n Iban. Some of my Malay friends are 'UMNO', some are 'PAS' and some 'PKR', but most of them have the same personal problems (dilemma) when it come to the idea of 'The Chinese people'. They seem to have the same ‘agreement’ whereby, frighteningly it all comes down to a reaction of degree of hatred, despise, reproachful, judgmental and etc2. And I can safely say, so goes to the ‘rest'. Because it would be a big lie if anyone can say that 'ALL' Chinese people don't have 'ANY' problem with all 'The Malay people'... I think it is a very complex matter if we were to discuss about this critically. And I think ironically and frighteningly at the same time racism as an existence seem to be somewhat of a 'human nature' by which most of us 'humanly' have some degree of 'it'. If we were to look back at our own human history it has never been a ‘done deal’ matter amongst human in term of probably being a ‘utopian (perfect)society’ (or even staying in that condition forever. But having said so we can not but wonder that that idea is very profound indeed. The only thing is, can anyone name a civilization/nation that until today has reach this status? Now here's my idea, I think what we need to understand is that racism 'is here to stay', the only thing is is the condition of 'racial degree/level by which all of us should always keep check and have some 'control' over it. Because its own existence deals with the very core and utmost important issue of them all, which is PEACE. I'm afraid, if all of us start to lose our heads on our difference and in turn create a somewhat 'higher level' of racial condition, we will at some point will lose this thing we call PEACE. Because I don’t think anyone would like to live in a war torn country. Or do we..

yours truly;
'lain-lain'

Wenger J Khairy said...

Wow your sharp. A genuine contender for Goal of the Season.

tsunami unleashed said...

continuation... the stupid Utusan doctored / erased the BN symbol on the umbrella because they (UM) stupidly realized too well what BN means. Utusan Malaysia realized that it mean, Bullshit & nonsense (BN). Utusan stupidly realized that the "dacing" which is supposed to upright is now listing too much and in unstable equillibrium (negative stability) and in capsizing moment (stability terms).

Or rather, BN (Bullshit & Nonsense) will be erased in the next GE. The sign is there, not on the UMBRELLA any longer. Don't believe, see Mr. Art Harun photos.

Jay Sham said...

Utusan didn't altered the picture. The Star, Harian, and the rest added the logo to stir things up.. no doubt this is the works of the oppositions parties.

Anonymous said...

To Anony
12 November 2009 21:04

Yes, we noticed the arresting PDRM officer was edited wearing slipper in Utusan but others showed him wearing shoe. Maybe Utusan wants to malukan PDRM? Anubody notice this?

Salam Bangi said...

Dear Tarzan

To be frank with you I'm an avid Utusan reader and continues to be one despite not agreeing 100% with the content. But I have to agree with you that it has blundered nonetheless that does make it the stupidest newspaper in the world. The paper is not stupid but the copy editor might be too politically correct. Again most newspapers do that too -The New York Times or Time magazine -Remember how they doctored the photo of Khomeini to make him look more evil. Dont even mention the Fox TV.They focus on the angle that would make Muslims look like terrorists. I suppose the Rocket has its own agenda too-propagating and highlighting the 'sufferings'of the Chinese in Malaysia. The Indian newspapers on the other hand would try to make those Indian criminals look like heroes.The truth is actually a reality based one's interpretation. Cheers

Anonymous said...

Salam Bangi, u r wrong. Any news paper that tries to portray a criminal as a hero ought to be destined to the bottom of the bird cage.

The Tamil newspapers do not do that. They basically show the mother's or relatives sorrow at the death of the criminal. Sometimes the question arises, was the person really a criminal or was he a mere car repossessor who repossessed the wrong person's car. In the case of the latest criminal, the alleged mother killer, there are unexplained bruises on his back.

The issue is that we have untrained persons doing a job that they do not know how to perform and are accidentally killing people. Who is at fault?

Mr/Ms. Salam Bangi, look at Bangi. It is a solid PAS town. If not for the fact of a friendly EC and the merging of Kajang's Jln Reko and part of Jln Bukit with Bangi, Bangi would be a solid Green Moon area. The Royal Blue of Jln Bukit/Reko Kajang ensures that Bangi's DUN seat will be Royal Blue.

I will go all out for the next election to reclaim my Royal Blue birthright in Bandar Baru Bangi.

But there are not many newspapers that are as seditious as Utusan.

Kajang-Bangi Alliance.

NBL said...

this what we call : menyelam sambil minum air..
lepas ni kalau ada bangunan runtuh,kapal terbang jatuh,gerai haram diroboh pun mungkin ada logo BN..

http://nbl-09.blogspot.com/

http://www.limbang.net/

Anonymous said...

just plain stupid and brainless...1Malaysia kononya

Funny Lah said...

Haha

This is funny

From a cartoon

That appears in Utusan Malaysia itself...

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_AnovcU-a9ZY/SvuvILhZPeI/AAAAAAAACmk/OcTuZL1iXME/s1600-h/Senyum2.jpg

Cadraver said...

You sir, have some seriously sharp eyes. Well done, mate. Well done.

Mohd Taufik said...

Prophet Isa (Jesus, peace upon him) was once seen running away from a man. People were surprised to see him running away. Prophet Isa (Jesus, peace upon him) did not run away from anything or anybody. He was known for his goodness, humbleness and friendliness.

They asked him: "Isa, spirit of Allah, why are you running away from that man?"

Prophet Isa (Jesus, peace upon him) replied: "I am running away from a fool."

People were still more surprised, they knew that Isa (Jesus, peace upon him) was a prophet. He had cured the sick. He had even brought the dead to life. So they said: "But Isa, spirit of Allah, you have power to bring dead to life."

Prophet Isa (Jesus, peace upon him) smiled and said: "True, I have brought dead to life. But I find it difficult to bring a fool to his senses."

Anonymous said...

We might have different beliefs and support different parties but we dont have to hate each other. Is all this anger necessary? It is not good for your health besides it is not good for the country. People in power will maximise whatever advantages it has. We have to accept that. We have many other alternative media to tell our own version of truth. I hope we Malaysian will stop this politics of hatred. Make our choices in the general election . If our choice do not win, please accept the voice of the majority. Isn't that what democracy is all about? So if we truely belief in democracy and freedom, dont hate others because they have different beliefs and they have different perception of what truth is. For every finger that we point to others, there are 4 more fingers actually pointing to ourself. Peace for Malaysia

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