Alex Au on the internet response to Rear-Admiral Lui Tuck Yew, the junior minister at the Ministry for Information, Communication and the Arts, "stuffing his foot into his mouth", and the press coverage of it (see also my un-self-regulated response).
Excerpt from Yawning Bread, Behind Today's Lui story:
Mediacorp's 'Today' newspaper, which had carried a straightforward report on Lui's statement in its Thursday morning edition, decided to do a follow-up story.
At about 3 pm Thursday, the reporter called me. She introduced herself -– I don't think I had spoken to her before -- and launched into a series of questions. The thrust of those questions gave me the impression that the story angle would be exactly what the blogosphere was going on about: whether we agreed or disagreed with Lui's opinion. In fact, that was her first question to me, to which my response was that Lui was being unrealistic to expect "community regulation" to produce the result he wanted to see. The internet does not work like that, I said.
The other impression I had was of a reporter trying very hard to get me to say something in support of Lui. (As the conversation went on, I wondered whether the brief her editor gave her was to go ferret out netizens who would lend support to Lui's point. Prove him right.) She kept asking essentially the same question -– didn't I think that community regulation was necessary in this case? -– repeatedly, but with different phrasing.