Fake news: Facts missed, left out or ignored?

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Why we need to look at facts that are missed, conveniently left out or just ignored?

I refer to the article “From The Gallery: Exchange highlights importance of examining facts scrupulously” (Straits Times, Mar 30).

It states that “While the approach to history research may no8t be a complete parallel of the approach to determining what is true or false online, the exchange was illustrative of what would happen when facts were missed, conveniently left out or just ignored.”

In this connection, let’s look at some examples (over just the last seven days) which may arguably be “illustrative of what would happen when facts were missed, conveniently left out or just ignored”.

… “Profits from electricity: $1.6b a year?” (Mar 29)

… “Why ElderShield is not bad for the young?” (Mar 27)

… “S’pore: 2nd in the world for gambling losses?” (Mar 26)

… “2 full-page ‘foreign jobs’ “not bias”?” (Mar 25)

… “Fake news committee: Media is not bias, objective?” (Mar 25)

… “Transport fare formula: No transparency, half the story?” (Mar 23)

Leong Sze Hian

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Leong
Leong Sze Hian has served as president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), invited to speak more than 200 times in over 30 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of Indonesia and Brunei. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.