Monday, March 4, 2013

The Daily Star hacked for yellow journalism

The Daily Star had just reported that it had been hacked ......... again. It reports that it had switched to a new website temporarily, with the web address remaining unchanged. It further said that the old site was discarded Monday night following repeated hackings by Jamaat-e-Islami supporters. A quite bold claim one might add. But see what the hackers left on the face of the Daily Star: 

The words ‘We hate yellow journalism’ send forth a strong message, but how much credibility does the Daily Star actually have in calling the hackers as being Jamaat supporters?

It appears that the claims of hackers that the Daily Star may be associated with yellow journalism may not be unfounded. One just has to look at what it says in the next line to understand that. The Daily Star further says, "Unidentified hackers broke into The Daily Star website Monday night and uploaded headlines ‘We hate yellow journalism’."

If that is so, then how could the Daily star identify the unidentified hackers as being supporters of Jamaat-e-Islami

According to Wikipedia, a Freudian slip, also called parapraxis, is an error in speech, memory, or physical action that is interpreted as occurring due to the interference of some unconscious ("dynamically repressed") subdued wish, conflict, or train of thought guided by the super-ego and the rules of correct behaviour. They reveal a "source outside the speech". 

In other words, the Freudian slip is the expression of the train of unconscious thought that one does not normally want to express in the open.

Was the claim of the Daily Star that Jamaat-e-Islami is behind this a Freudian slip? Does this Freudian slip coincide with the fact that the Daily Star usually labels Jamaat activists as 'marauding' and 'bigots' ? Does it imply that the Daily Star is negatively biased towards this democratic political organization in specific and the ideals it stands for in general?

I only have one request. Never look at the motto "Your Right To Know" in the same light again, ever. Time and again, the Daily Star has proved that it is nothing but an ambassador of yellow journalism to the core.

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