Please, not again: celebrated pundits resurrect old spat over business paper
with Alex Lo
Speaking of columnists, two of the city's most prominent pundits are at each other's throat, again.
Celebrated columnist Cho Chi-ming (pictured) of the Hong Kong Economic Journal seems to have some serious issue about whether he was a co-founder of the publication, which for decades has been the city's leading business paper.
A stock tipster with a cult following, Cho repeated his claim on the Journal's website that he co-founded it in the 1970s with former boss Lam Shan-muk, who uses the pseudonym Lam Hang-chi. The occasion for the interview was Cho's launch this month of his own China High Growth Fund. Cho uses the pen name Cho Yan-chiu.
In the interview, he claimed he and Lam blazed the trail of business journalism together and founded the paper.
The usually civil Lam Lok Yau-mui, Lam's wife, resorted to diatribe, describing Cho, in the paper's readers' forum, as 'an incurable and unrestrained mouth' and the hiring of Cho as 'pampering a villain'.
There had already been a spat over the matter between the two sides back in 2009.
History repeats itself, the first time as farce, the second time ... as more farce.