This article written by former journalist Thomas Lee is very interesting. It is interesting to note that my cousin CHONG CHENG HAI (my mum’s favourite nephew) is NOT an “editorial enuch” like some people I know. One who never wants to promote or practice nepotism, he has never even encouraged me to apply for work in TheSUN. I am so proud of you, Cousin 🙂
Here’s an abstract of the article by Thomas:
First, there are the EEs — Editorial Eunuchs, who take orders from their political emperors and write and spin stories to promote the emperor’s cause. These political appointees are usually in top and senior positions, not because they are good journalists or great writers, but because of their connection to powerful political godfathers. They are first class cronies. Many are ghost writers for their political masters. Some have become millionaires.
(Note: I thank God that, except for one or two cases, the editors I had worked under are not such people. I can vouch that people like Ng Poh Tip, Michael Aeria, Wong Sulong and Wong Chun Wai are good people of principle and top class journalists, not EEs. My good friend Chong Cheng Hai, the chief editor of theSun, is another person of integrity.)
More of the article can be found here: The Seditious Press.