Oh come on.
Everyone needs somebody to blame.
Politicians, I have learnt, always blame the media, usually newspapers for misreporting or misquoting them, when the heat is up on them.
Sometimes it's true. Usually it is not.
The NST carried a page one story, headlined "PKR Ready To Act On Guan Eng".
Yesterday, PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution issued a statement, expressing "shock with the report" and said that NST "has maliciously misquoted" his statement.
The Star carried a report on Saifuddin's statement and included remarks from Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng who told a press conference that the NST article "was part of a plot to bring down the Penang Pakatan Government".
Guan Eng further said that he was considering taking legal action against the NST but, remarked that "the state sometimes felt helpless against the onslaught”, as it did not have the capacity to “sue them everyday”.
Here's my response to Saifuddin: "no, there was no malice. Our reporter -- who happens to be female, not male as you had indicated in your statement -- took your remarks down as per. She did not twist your words and the NST did not spin your statement. So, tell us, which part is a misrepresentation. "
And to Guan Eng: "no, dear Guan Eng. If there was a plot to bring down your government, NST is not part of it. We are, as you can see, just a newspaper. The one you and your government have been boycotting. The one whose representatives you have banned from covering your functions or those you are invited to.
Surely you can see that what's happening in Penang is worthy to be reported. NST is not the only newspaper reporting it. Everyone's on it. And your guys are the ones talking to the press."
Guan Eng, you have boycotted the NST in Penang, for reasons you believe to be valid.
And have you not threatened companies holding functions with you as guest, to not invite the NST?
Going by your "logic", can I see it as part of a plot to bring down the NST?
And, oh... I have a lot to say about your penchant for suing the press!