The Online Citizen (TOC) conspiracy theory is one seriously complex issue. Allegations, half-truths and retelling of the story were from all sides. Jasper’s now convincing attack was vindictively personal and he would have gained more ground if he tried to be objective in his accusations, which were half correct or half wrong depending on your gut feel. Choo Zheng Xi was at first indignantly untruthful about his private arrangement with MP Ho Geok Choo but he reluctantly admitted that he was paid by the PAP to write, but not write for TOC but for a Boon Lay newsletter and being a political intern.
TOC steadfastly stood behind Zheng Xi, as band of brothers should in times of crisis. Surely TOC members might be feeling a bit chaffed that Zheng Xi’s shortsightedness and lack of total honesty got TOC such unnecessary unwanted attention. Presumably nobody in TOC besides Zheng Xi knew of the law student’s working ties with the Boon Lay GRC MP, as the alternative that other TOC members knew and were complicit in the initial silence is a something that would really destroy this emerging political blog.
Conspiracy theories will always run its course in the blogosphere. Years ago, tomorrow.sg also had its fair share of the spotlight as an insidious government trojan. Some time from now, another blog will get the dubious honour, ushering it into this hall of honour. That’s the way it is.
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