Thanks to Web technologies (web archive, images search engine), the Chinese bloggers have once again called the Western media’s bluff on exaggerated reporting of China’s “Jasmine Revolution” non-event. Our prior post has highlighted Roland Soong’s recent article, “Fake Western Media Coverage Of Jasmine Revolution In China.” This has been a pattern.
Roland Soong, a well regarded China blogger, took note of fake photos used to shape the “Jasmine Revolution” news, compiled by Anti-CNN, a Chinese blog originally created to counter the overwhelming negative sensationalist reporting on the Tibet riot and other manufactured news prior to the Beijing Olympics by news outlets like CNN.
ESWN also took note of the lack of correction by our media at large, demonstrated by a “so what” reply he received. Many have defended the Western media misinformation on the grounds that there wasn’t a mean for them to take all reader feedback. Well, we are in the Internet age, and as Soong showed us, there is no desire to correct.
I share Roland’s disappointment that our supposedly objective media never bother to correct their mis-reporting on China. If our objective media is a shinning example for the Chinese to emulate, what lessons are the Chinese learning from us?
Below are just few more instances of this bigger pattern of disinformation that I am familiar with:
– After a year, Ellen Nakashima of Washington Post never bothered to retract the mis-translation she quoted from US government sponsored mouthpiece China Digital Times.
– John Markoff of New York Times, who cited a “China Code” malware claim that was proven false last year, never followed up to correct or develop his story.
– Fabricating negative news about the PLA has no repercussion, as this complaint sent to the Australia Press Council illustrates, where the official reply was facts on the ground were subject to the reporter’s “interpretation”.
I call on those to help discredit the Western media whenever discrediting is due.