Thursday, 05-Aug-2004 7:34 AM
Originally dated 7 November 2003
SBS' public denial is subterfuge
On 31 October 2003, SBS issued
a public denial that it had not conspired with Bernama and other
parties to smear Anwar Ibrahim’s name by insinuating that he was
linked to international Islamic terrorists.
SBS claims journalistic excellence
and that the piece they did “exposing” Anwar’s links to terrorists
was well researched. But there seems to be many things wrong though
that point to the fact SBS may not quite be as thorough and meticulous
as they claim to be. In fact, the evidence seems to point to a deliberate
attempt to mislead the viewers.
First of all, the SBS Dateline
feature of 22 October 2003 was about international Islamic terrorists
and Anwar’s alleged links to them. Why then is the heading of its
31 October 2003 piece on its website called “Dateline
response on MAHATHIR story”. Should it not be “Dateline
response on ANWAR story”?
(Then, if you were to watch
the feature, it shows the Kajang Prison that it claims is where
Anwar is incarcerated in. The entire world knows Anwar has been
in the Sungai Buloh Prison for five years now).
There is definitely something
gravely wrong and sinister about SBS Dateline's so public denial
on its website.
1. In the history of SBS Dateline's
operation, the TV station has never made any public denial
nor bowed to pressure, no matter how controversial the aired programs
were. And yet, on the alleged Anwar's terrorism activities, SBS
has done just that.
Have they realised they are
now wrong but refuse to admit their mistake?
2. It is grossly misleading
that the denial on the website is entitled "Dateline response
on Mahathir story". This is false as the subject of the
Dateline program on 22 October 2003 was specifically on Anwar. SBS
is deliberately misleading the public because, just a week later,
on their immediate next airing on 29 October 2003 (SBS Dateline
is a weekly program), Dateline aired a substantial program on Mahathir's
visit to Papua New Guinea. And Dateline's denial on the Anwar program
was placed directly above the program aired on 29 October 2003 entitled
Those who have not viewed
"Anwar's" program on the 22 October 2003 would no doubt
think the SBS denial is related to the Mahathir program. And
those who view the "Mahathir's Pacific Solution" will
not find any controversial issue at all. Hence, those who read the
SBS Dateline's denial on Anwar on their website will be stumped
as to why such a commotion is being created over a particularly
This is not only grossly
misleading but deliberate subterfuge. It shows SBS is the pawn
of some government and Ginny Stein is being paid to sully the reputation
3. Notice that the SBS
Dateline archives DOES NOT profile and mention much less
have a transcript of the Anwar program. This is again the first
time ever that SBS Dateline does not profile AND does not
have a transcript of a program previously aired. Granted that, in
the past, there are some programs that do not have transcripts,
but ALL programs previously aired will always be profiled and have
a mention on the archives.
This is sinister in the extreme
and obviously SBS Dateline has something grave to hide.
4. Further to that, the SBS
Dateline's public denial DOES NOT mention the date of the
Anwar program. Therefore, the innocent public is none the wiser
as they cannot refer to a previously aired program on the archives
as there is NONE and they are unable to find the mis-titled
SBS deliberately misleads the
public as they have made substantial errors in the "Anwar"
5. SBS Dateline's public denial
of 31 October 2003 claims that FAC’s allegations are "completely
untrue and fanciful in the extreme" and "are grotesque
lies". These same descriptions are in fact accurate in describing
the program on Anwar aired by SBS Dateline on 22 October 2003 and
poorly researched by the terrorist mercenary Ginny Stein and assisted
by a bus cleaner from Sydney, Australia.