An estimated 3,000 attended the protest against the Population White Paper at Hong Lim Park on 16 February 2013. This was the largest non-political gathering since Singapore independence in 1965.
This, itself, is a story worthy of the cover page. Hong Kong's South China Morning Post thought it was, but Singapore's Straits Times felt Girl Guides visiting Gardens by the Bay would be more deserving of the front page.
If The Straits Times, with the circulation of 300K plus, intent was to bury the news, 75% of Singapore's population having access to the Internet (Source: World Bank), it would be difficult any of these 75% to avoid the stories and photos posted on social networks and news sites from overseas.
One commented that The Straits Times had role to play in "Psychological Defense" and thus is defending the mind of Singaporeans. But doesn't too much of good news lead to complacency that all is well, when actually it is not.
This has also created an illusion that the protest in Hong Lim Park is worth hiding and not displaying.
Saying this, did The Straits Times' poll just before the Punngol East by-election lead to complacency in the PAP's strategy for the by-election?
This resulted in The Emperor parading in his birthday suite in town till a boy shouted "There is no clothes on the Emperor and he is naked".
We,Singaporeans, are ready for the hard news. But is Singapore mainstream media ready to give them?
In case you weren't at Hong Lim Park, here's a video of our own National Conversation. .
Read "Reporting Hong Lim Park".