Go here for full article. Some notable quotes: “A German television report on the availability of gene doping in China has stunned anti-doping experts shortly before the Beijing Olympics. … In a documentary by ARD television, a Chinese doctor offers stem-cell therapy to a reporter posing as an American swimming coach.”
But it goes on:
“The documentary broadcast … did not offer evidence that the hospital had provided gene doping to other athletes… The fictitious coach says he is seeking stem-cell treatment for one of his swimmers.”
“Yes. We have no experience with athletes here, but the treatment is safe and we can help you,” the doctor replies.”
So, what ended up happening was a single doctor was caught offering stem cells (which we know has not been proven to work) to an undercover reporter. The doctor even admitted he has never treated athletes before. Perhaps the only news worthy portion of the story was that the doctor offered HGH to the undercover knowing it was illegal, but that was buried in the article. I think everyone can agree this was a poorly conceived story, sensationalized with “gene doping”, broad accusations of “China got caught” all tied in with the Olympics, even though reading the body of the article comprises the title.
Now, contrast the article with this one.
You can safely infer that the treatment this little girl is getting is probably close to what the doctor was suggesting to the undercover. It’s probably the same sales pitch, the stem cells will increase this, strengthen that. But the tone of the article is entirely different, it’s pretty neutral with some hopeful tones here and there.
Both sources are from the U.S., talking about roughly the same procedures, but the tones are 180 from each other. This is just an informal analysis but in the grand scheme of things, these cases help express my opinion that while there are biased reports on China, we should avoid over generalizing “Western” Media because that would not take into account other stories that are balanced.
In addition, the sensationalized story was on MSNBC, but it’s really an AP story. If you are mad about the AP story, you should be angry at the writer/editor of the story, and not “western” media. Always differentiate who really is responsible, unless you want to fall into the same trap the first article did by blaming China for the actions of one man.