ST Likes Anti-Donald Trump Tweets
Are you seeing what we’re seeing? The Straits Times’ official Twitter account has finally endorsed something remotely anti-Trump! These two tweets contribute to the rare 32 likes the account has given out across its existence.
About The Tweets
The two tweets “Liked” were made by Ms Bess Kalb, a well-known writer who has written for several sites such as The New Yorker, Wired, and The New Republic.
Ms Kalb is also “an Emmy-nominated writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live”, according to her website. So, most probably not a Trump fan, like most other people with careers in the American media and entertainment industry.
Self-Praise Is No Praise
Ms Kalb’s tweets were in response to a tweet by Mr Trump where, in true Trump style, he quoted someone praising his own daughter Ivanka.
Not Neutral Any More
This would have been perfectly normal if it was anyone else — with anti-Trump sentiments clogging the Internet.
But it’s not everyday you see Singapore’s national newspaper, usually the paragon of political correctness, affirming a viewpoint.
I mean, The Straits Times’ section on Donald Trump screams neutrality:
That’s quite a feat in itself, remaining unbiased when covering a person who does not have a single ounce of political correctness in his soul.
Grown A Spine
Everybody loves a sassy comeback, and Ms Kalb’s replies are definitely #sassy.
However, as a newspaper priding itself on its balanced articles, it’s weird seeing The Straits Times’ Twitter account suddenly endorse a viewpoint that’s unapologetically negative towards anybody, much less the man who will soon be the President of the United States.
It’s like the paper suddenly grew a spine and started to voice an opinion that actually speaks to people for a change.
Unless…it was a mistake. If it was a mistake, someone’s gonna get hurt real bad.
Not The First
This is not the first time The Straits Times committed a blunder though…at least nobody’s getting shot this time around.
Or perhaps it was a way of “drawing in readers” again, after this ill-advised story of a Loch Ness Monster.
Featured image from Twitter.