PJ Thum casts doubt on LKY receiving standing ovation in US Congress in 1985. YouTube to the rescue.
Making 1985 fake again.
Historian Thum Ping Tjin was recently in the news for his marathon six-hour hearing session at the Select Committee for Deliberate Online Falsehoods.
On June 2, 2018, he uploaded a Facebook post with the following images:
Along with the post, he wrote:
“Another from the archives:
“At the end of (Lee’s speech to the joint session of the US Congress), there was a sustained standing ovation… Even before he started his speech, there was a standing ovation – such is the Prime Minister’s reputation.” – Straits Times, 10 October 1985.
“(Lee) was addressing a sparsely attended joint session and drew polite applause.” – International Herald Tribune, 10 October 1985.
Hmmm… now I’m wondering just how much of what Singaporeans believed to be LKY’s vaunted global reputation was actually manufactured by the government-controlled media, in the days when there were no alternative news sources?”
In the post, he questions whether “government-controlled media” manufactured former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s “vaunted global reputation”.
In response to this, someone by the name of Bryden Cch commented on his post, sharing a YouTube video of the Lee delivering the speech in Congress in 1985.
Bryden Ccd, disagreeing with Thum, said: “Sparsely attended it was not. see 3:15, 4:11, 5:26, standing ovation at 9:47″.
The post was referring to time stamps in the video.
Here are GIFs of two of those timestamps:
After seeing Cch’s comment, Thum edited his Facebook post and said:
“EDIT: a comment below points to a youtube video of Lee’s speech, which does indeed draw a standing ovation at the close (but the video does not show the opening). I’ll see if I can dig up the IHT article to see if it reported the speech accurately. The ST report is at http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/newspapers/Digitised/Article/straitstimes19851010-1.2.2 .”
Here’s the YouTube video of the speech for you to decide if IHT (which stands for International Herald Tribune) is correct in its description of “sparsely attended” and “polite applause”:
Here’s Thum’s Facebook post: