Saturday, July 25, 2009

Lazy Journalism and Unethical Reporting

OK, I'm not writing about The Star this time, so my friends at the MCA-owned Star could breathe a sigh of relief ;-). Instead, this time, it's another MCA-linked news provider, The Malaysian Mirror.

If you have read this very long convoluted article "Nightmares for Khalid after Teoh's death", then you will understand what I mean by the title of this blog post. For one reason or another, Teoh's death is being in one way or another connected to Azmin's demand for a Selangor Exco reshuffle(!?)

But most glaringly, the writer chose to take assertions and insinuation in poison-pen blog post by some UMNO blogger as a matter of fact, and reported as such. It involves me, and my party's publicity department, so I should know. They had the following to describe Teoh:
What else was Teoh? He was a former journalist at Sin Chew Daily and a former assistant to Petaling jaya Utara MP Tony Pua.

He was said to be also one of those people who video-filmed a fracas at Parliament House on March 25, involving Bukit Gelugor MP Karpal Singh and some Umno Youth members.

It is said there were two video recordings of the incident, one by a DAP member of the Ipoh Timur division and the other by an aide of Tony Pua. The second video clip was downloaded on to YouTube and the person responsible for that was said to be Teoh.

The video clipping was used by Umno Youth to its advantage as it allegedly showed that the wing did not harass the wheelchair bound Karpal Singh. For this, the DAP camp was not pleased.

Following this incident, Teoh was allegedly transferred to the State Secretariat building in Shah Alam and worked as Ean Yong’s political secretary.
By quoting such "credible" sources, and to give them validity shows the utter lack of integrity at the Malaysian Mirror. For one, Teoh NEVER worked a day for me, not even on a "by the way" basis like happening to photocopying documents for me. And two, Teoh NEVER worked for DAP's publicity department in-charge of video-recordings at the parliament, and hence he was never ever involved with the Karpal being threatened by UMNO Youth thugs case.

The above are easily verifiable facts that any reporter, no matter how junior, worth his or her salt can easily verify with either other reporters, the party or even myself. Obviously, since the above can't be printed in the Star without being sued for millions, the Malaysian Mirror has become the convenient place to disseminate these outright lies.

As to why, a reporter or journalist will want to prostitute her name and face to the article which is in all probability was not written by her, you'll have to ask her yourself. The money at the Malaysian Mirror has better be worth it.
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