If a chair falls…is it front page news?

Mar 18th, 2012 | By | Category: Jang, The News

The News (Jang Group)If a chair falls, is it news worthy of the front page of the nation’s largest media group? Apparently the answer is yes. Sunday’s edition of The News (Jang Group) featured a front page story about…a chair tipping over.

As the president stood up to deliver his fifth presidential address to the joint session of parliament, his chair fell to the ground with a crash, but the president had by this time already moved towards the rostrum.

The News reported this bit of…news?…by quoting unidentified “cautious parliamentarians” suggesting that the falling chair “could only portend a bad outcome for the government”, as if Parliament House were swarming with jinns who move chairs in order to signal their favour or disfavour with elected officials.

According to The News, “A senior party official, however, shrugged off the incident saying that it was just a trivial occurrence and not worthy of discussion”.  Perhaps, but it was this trivial occurrence was front page news for Jang Group.

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