without naming names, i am currently quite pissed over the fact that:

  • a certain indonesian newspaper doesn’t even know the geography of their own country and wrote that gorontalo is in sulawesi tenggara. it’s sulawesi utara, stupid!
    sulawesi tenggara is right next door to my home town and even though i thought gorontalo was up north, when the paper says it’s somewhere else, you kinda believe it because, well, because it says so on the paper. whatever happens to checking your facts???
  • a certain indonesian newspaper doesn’t even have the news up on their site yet. geez… even the norwegian tv channel has reported it. wake up and do your job already!

there’s been an earthquake in the gorontalo area not long ago and a tsunami warning has been issued.

update: cnn just reported that the tsunami warning has been lifted. thank goodness.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. the writer
    Nov 16, 2008 @ 21:00:48

    Some journalists don’t bother to re-check their facts before they publish it.

    But what I’m pissed off the most is how local newspapers here often print stories about Bali, conferences held in Bali, things that happened in Bali, without extending the information further that Bali is, as a matter of fact, located in a country named Indonesia.

    That’s why nobody knows where Indonesia is when Bali is actually a famous destination. Sad, eh?


  2. 1980chandra
    Nov 16, 2008 @ 21:17:21

    but don’t these journalists have editors and sub-editors? i understand that when it’s breaking news you hardly have time to do background checking but it’s as easy as typing the name of the town on google and the map will come up and voila! you can see where it is. i remember checking spelling of names so many times before i dare to submit any print story and practicing pronunciation before going on air. it’s the news! you’re supposed to be very accurate.

    i always say to people, bali is in indonesia, not the other way around. my poor indonesia, nobody cares about her.


  3. the writer
    Nov 16, 2008 @ 21:38:19

    I know, that’s bad. It’s the news like you said. But considering they were paid (as far as I knew back then) only a meagre sum of less than 1 million, with a wife and kid to maintain, I’d say they don’t care so much about their job.


  4. Soe
    Nov 17, 2008 @ 09:20:45

    Baru td pagi aku baca berita gempa tsb di gambar yg dipajang malah judulnya “rmh hancur diterjang lumpur” apa hubnya ya dgn gempa..? apa emang ada lumpur ato mungkin kejar tayang kali yaa..

    Bener, kadang emang bikin jengkel kalo mrk taunya cm Bali doang, bukan Indonesia 😦
    Btw.. kotamu aman2 aja kan?


  5. 1980chandra
    Nov 17, 2008 @ 15:48:11

    t w – it is shocking how little money people in indo earn but i’m a big believer in taking pride over your work. you can use any excuse: long hours, little pay, shitty boss, bad working conditions, bla bla bla.. but at the end of the day, it’s your work. take responsibility.

    s – ga tau jg soal lumpur itu. mungkin gempa terus longsor. not sure…
    iya, yg ada bali tok yg di-sebut2, indonesia lewaaaaat. makanya harus sering2 dibilangi, bali di indonesia, bukan indonesia di bali.

    iya, kotaku baik2 aja. jauh, sulawesi utara ke sulawesi selatan 🙂


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