Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore's state controlled newspaper "Today" of Oct 31, 2011 had this story "Flash floods due to rain"! It was about the almost daily flooding that happens in the island these days after every downpour.
But the title insults our intelligence, by stating the obvious. Flash floods due to rain? Of course they are! What did you expect? Flash floods due to fire! It has to be due to rain, what else!
I have been observing the progressive decline of the standards of Singapore journalism. One shouldn't be surprised. It is well known that Singapore has a ranking as low as 147 by Reporters Without Borders for it's lack of independence. In fact it is about as low as Somalia or North Korea. Not surprisingly anyone with any self respect and some ability in journalism shuns working for Singapore newspapers if they ever wanted to work for any other paper anywhere else for the unfavorable stigma it attaches. Singapore newspapers are seen as pariahs in the trade and anyone who works for it as a thoroughly unscrupulous charlatan who would do anything for money.
Which explains why you get nonsense such as this. It was probably written by some Mainland China recently arrived immigrant who are brought in by the planeloads and given some schooling in English and let loose at their newspapers, to replace all the other journalists who had earlier emigrated to Australia.
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