Updates: TMI withdraws article, admits misreporting after both JJ and the NSTP demanded an apology H E R E
But blogger Freddie Kevin remains appalled. In his posting Malaysian Insider Never Learns he observes ... "... still the recalcitrant Malaysian Insider wants to have a last say with a spin headline,"Jamaluddin Jarjis denies TMI report — Jahabar Sadiq". Denying a report does not have to carry any correction which stops short of an apology if you stand by your report in spite of any denials. What it means is it's was bald faced lying report by the Malaysian Insider that only benefits the opposition, stinks to high heaven and questions the credibility of this news portal, again and again."
Ah, good to know that the Malaysian Insider has confirmed my posting Malaysia Airlines has arrived (March 20) on how the MAS-Air Asia deal [Read latest: MAS looks to delay AA deal] has become one of Najib Razak's biggest concerns for the 13th general election. According to Five issues holding up likely June polls by Jahabar Sadiq, the PM's biggest headaches are:
1. Felda2. Lynas3. NFC4. MAS-Air Asia and5. Civil servants' pay review
That was what I heard, too. Spot on, Mr Sadiq.
But two snags with the report:
1. JJ is not Chairman of the BN Manifesto Committee. There is no such post2. The said briefing at the New Straits Times in Jalan Riong never happened
I checked with friends at Balai Berita, yes their bureau chiefs came down from the various states for their "regional meeting" earlier this week and they had a so-called "election briefing", which was basically about how the newspaper planned to approach the PRU13 coverage.
"It was an all-editors' meeting. Why would a politician be there? The Malaysian Insider should have known better," one senior editor told me.
Well, now they do.