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But having said that, isn’t what Utusan is doing a perfect example of what the Fourth Estate should be doing? We scream for more media freedom everyday, for more editorial expression and for a press that prints its mind, rather than what its told.
We don’t have to agree with what the press prints, but that’s where we have the power to vote with our wallets and choose another paper to spend our RM1.50 on instead.
What Utusan is doing is no different from what newspapers in more developed societies do. The Washington Post is almost painfully apologetic for the Republicans. Just like the New York Times will spread its legs any time a Democratic presidents wants it too. Similarly, the Daily Telegraph in the UK is sinfully Conservative. These are independent newspapers who, through the use of their free opinions, choose to support whomever they wish.
The fact that Utusan is virtually UMNO owned, but still decides to bite the hand that feeds it is, in this context, applaudable!