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05 Mar 2021  (434 Views) 
Out of the box

Keep an open mind about views of other people
A former chief editor of the Straits Times (now retired) wrote an article conveying his observation about the bias in the western media towards events in China.

His observations are based on what is happening in recent days. Some of the media presented a biased view and did not give a balanced view on the subject.

A few people attacked him for his role as the editor of the Singapore media over the past decades.

They made unsubstantiated allegations that he displayed the same bias when he was in charge of the media.

I find these attacks to be unfair in several aspects

1. The cover events that occurred several years or decades ago.

2. When he was in charge of the media, he had to observe certain constraints in his reporting, due to the control by the people in charge.

3. What he did in the past should be stop him from giving his personal opinion about what is happening now.

4. Each person is entitled to change his view based on a new set of circumstances or lessons that he might have learned over the years.

We should keep an open mind towards reading the opinion and views of people who are knowledgeable in their subject of expertise.

Tan Kin Lian

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