A friend who is a long-term shareholder in SPH tells me that the lack of professionalism by SPH editors and reporters in covering the presidential elections is worrying him:
— a reporter who saw Tony Tan and Tan Cheng Bock at a football match (Tony Tan said he wasn’t there);
— yet the reporter didn’t see Tan Kin Lian who was there;
— a reporter who criticises Tan Lin Lian wrongly for censoring comments addressed to “TKL for president FaceBook page” yet doesn’t do the same when TT’s team censors comments addressed to his FaceBook page;
— the coverage of TT’s speeches look like something from the Pyongyang Times;
— the TT helping boy photo and report made the incident sound contrived for the media; and
— the absence of stories on other examples of TT’s “independence” from the PAP. Surely he says SPH can find other examples.
He wonders if SPH reporters and editors want to make TT look bad.
My friend is worried that the government will be so disgusted by SPH’s unprofessional attempts in promoting TT that it find ways to curb SPH’s dominance in the print media here. And his investment suffers.