After publishing my prior post, ““Catching Scent of Revolution, China Moves to Snip Jasmine” – Retarded Government or Retarded NYT?” I invited Andrew Jacobs to respond. He did and I want to share it with you. A friend had also written in to list Andrew Jacobs’ recent articles at the paper, and I want to share that first.
Well, it’s obvious to me what the author’s agenda is. I went to the NYT site and looked at the last 10 articles he’s written:
“Chinese Christians Defend Persecuted Underground Church”
“Jasmine Becomes Contraband in China”
“China: Sentence Reduced for Hong Kong Academic”
“Grim Outlook for U.S.-China Talks on Human Rights”
“Chinese Detained After Attempt to Hold Easter Services”
“Confucius Statue Vanishes Near Tiananmen Square”
“Beijing Church Bucks Government Crackdown”
“For Many Bachelors in China, No Deed Means No Dates”
“China Detains Worshipers Over Praying in Public”
“China Detains Church Members Over Public Praying“
See any trend here? 🙂
You decide on what to make of his response. I have little faith Mr. Jacobs and I will ever come to an understanding.
From: Andrew Jacobs
Date: Sun, May 15, 2011 at 8:44 AM
Subject: Re: In all fairness to NYT (RE: Do these journalists have a brain?
I don’t really know who you are because you are apparently too cowardly to reveal anything significant about yourself on your website. I however, put my name in the paper and my reputation on the line every day. (I’m also listed in the phone book.)
I am of two minds about responding to your post in detail and rebut each point, which would be easy but would it take up way too much time.
And if you were actually seeking the truth, or had any intellectual integrity, I would. But let’s be honest with each other YinYang: you have a very specific goal, which is to discredit a newspaper article that pains you because you think it makes China look bad.
Whatever I say, you will twist and manipulate my words, which judging from this website, is largely what you folks do at Hidden Harmonies.
No matter how many swats you take at the article, there’s no way you will succeed at your game because it was rigorously reported by three professional journalists over the course of several weeks and reflects the reality of the people with whom we spoke. Just to clarify: the article does not say there is a national ban on jasmine, and if you read it to the end, you would also see that it makes clear the ban has not been very effective.
But you are so blinded by your antipathy toward me and the New York Times, you have twisted the story into something it does not say in order to malign my reputation.
I will, however, address one point in your posting because it is particularly galling: To think you disproved my story by making a call to the manager of one flower market -and expect to get a revealing response simply highlights how little you know what it’s like reporting in China.
We go out in the real world, talk to people face to face and gain their trust so we can report the truth — and in some small way dispel the cynical dishonesty propagated by people like you.
Thanks and have a great day,
(Please give me one courtesy: If you choose to post my response on your site, do post the whole thing and not just a few excerpts. Thanks.)