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April Fools’ Day allowed Straits Times to appear more credible

Posted on 02 April 2016

Singaporeans felt newspaper was operating in its natural environment.


Singaporeans from all walks of life, who have a low threshold for feel-good news and hold information to high standards of veracity, said they are heartened by the effects of April Fools’ Day on The Straits Times newspaper.

This after they said operating on April 1 made the only English language broadsheet in Singapore appear more credible.

One Singaporean, Tak Sin Boon, said: “Operating on April Fools’ Day allowed The Straits Times to achieve a certain good fit.”

“This was so as they were operating in their natural environment as I am incredulous whenever I read The Straits Times on any other day.”

“As more news coverage on that day were outrageous and fake, this made other news organisations come down a notch to catch up with what The Straits Times has always been excelling at.”

Other Singaporeans said the reason is multi-fold.

Another local, Pian Lang Eh, said: “In comparison to what was getting reported elsewhere on April 1, Straits Times appeared on par in the midst of ludicrous hoaxes.”

At press time, Straits Times has reverted to its less credible mode on April 2 as everywhere else publications were getting serious with their coverage.






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  • Christopher Bong

    So true. The crap coming from them sounds reasonable only on April Fool’s day.