Some colleagues and I were talking about how cheap the news in the media can be. DeLong's frustration -- see his "Why Oh Why Can't We Have Better Press Corp"-series would as well apply in Indonesia. Worse yet, not only the press fail to deliver objective news, they also do bad journalism. We remembered one case when a newspaper bombastically reported an "expert opinion" using this kind of headline. It didn't even bother to present it as a quotation in the title. (One of the colleagues in fact happened to meet with the expert and the latter told him it was a "grumble out of frustration". He was surprised that the press used it as a headline title).
Another thing. It seems that the press really likes to report in populist tone. So don't expect too much of reading articles about "trade is welfare-enhancing". Instead, you can find easily stuff like "we need more and more protection for the good of the country". I know, people buy the latter, no matter how false it is.
There are more, and there are worse. Pick any newspaper and count the economic fallacies it carries. I bet it is more than five a day, at best (you know why I'm not giving you links for this -- they're ubiquotous). Problem is, many readers don't think they are reading fallacies. In fact, the more populist-leaning a newspaper is, the better sell it seems to make. Maybe second only to gossip papers. It is pervasive, for example, to find statement like "Store A is charging too high a price for its product". So far so good. But then the reporter suddenly changes to be doing op-ed --not merely reporting, and goes on "... and that is evil". Hey, if the seller's selling at high price is evil, what about you asking for too low a price when you are consumer? Does that mean you are evil? (I find it amazing: a person who likes to curse stores that charge high prices turns out to be the fierciest bargainer when he/she is about to buy something).