Watch the headline go from “hundreds” to “thousands”! But a little too late…
Before midnight on Dec. 15, The Straits Times carried this report on its website about the latest MRT disruptions:
On Dec. 16, some time after 2 a.m. or 3 a.m., the headline was changed to better reflect reality.
Notice how “hundreds” became “thousands”:
Notice how Channel News Asia already reported “thousands” by 8 p.m. on the day of the train disruption itself!
But wait! There’s more!
If, according to the latest figures, SMRT ridership is more than 50 million rides a month, or about 1.7 million rides a day, how many rides will be halted if you shut down the system for Braddell, Toa Payoh, Novena, Newton, Orchard, Somerset, Dhoby Ghaut, City Hall, Raffles Place and Marina Bay during the peak period between 7 p.m. and 12 midnight?
How many people do you realistically think won’t get to ride the trains? Let’s say the disruption lasted only one hour instead of five? Only hundreds?
Really? Can you really safely say “hundreds”?
And how can ST not know if this information is publicly available on the SMRT website?
Therefore, it is common sense that at any given point in time in which the train system malfunctions along a stretch of 10 stations between Braddell and Marina Bay, you are fudging the numbers if you only claim hundreds are affected.
Ipso facto, to even claim caution or ignorance when reporting the figure of “hundreds” being affected is nonsense.