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China bullet train fake news and false rumors exposed

Roland Song has done a number of much needed translations of false rumors and fake news surrounding the Wenzhou train crash. It is a must read.

I was in particular looking into information related to the two year old girl who was found. A panelist on CCTV criticized the Ministry of Rail for declaring rescue over and the girl being found afterwards. Roland translates the first account of police captain Shao Yerong (from CCTV) on rescuing the girl. Follow above link for details.

  1. Charles Liu
    July 29th, 2011 at 14:14 | #1

    Roland’s photo of the carts proves the press conference claim that only the locomotive were placed in a ditch.

    There was another rumor on the microblogs, that casualty list was not forth comming and it had somthing to do with authority forcing people to sign settlement. For example D301′s operator is obviousely dead, but his name was not published until the 2nd round.

    Turned out the truth was much more reasonable. The casualty list was based on positive identity, and the remains not easily identified were subject to DNA testing which took time.

  2. July 29th, 2011 at 14:21 | #2

    Some people will always say if the media is more ‘free,’ then rumors and lies won’t be as common. That is mostly a nonsense.

    In fact, we have industry sprung up just to spread rumors and many cases outright lies. That is the tabloid.

    As in the prior post of the Colbert Report, it showed ‘free’ media in fact crusade against a people with no journalistic integrity whatsoever.

  3. Charles Liu
    July 29th, 2011 at 14:51 | #3

    Here’s the story:

    http://www.caijing.com.cn/2011-07-28/110791748.html

    温州警方有关负责人对此的解释是,送进殡仪馆的遗体有的很好辨认,有的不好辨认了。因此虽然家属进行了认领,有的还出现多人认领,警方本着对死者负责、对家属负责的态度,进行抽血DNA确认。

    Wenzhou police explained, of the remains arrived at the morgue, some are identifiable and some are less so. Although families have started the identification process, some remains had multiple claims. To be responsible to the family and desceased, the police went ahead with DNA testing.

  4. July 29th, 2011 at 15:38 | #4

    Following is a pretty sad story about a family that died, and apparently the father was burnt beyond recognition while trying to protect his son.

    Jin Jianfei, civil servant, tightly hugged his son when the crash occurred. After more than twenty hours later, they were found by the rescue workers. They have died already. Jin was beyond recognition, but his son looks intact.

    According to some media’s report, his son, Jin Fanbo or Jin Doudou, died of suffocation in the overheated train.

    Chen Yue, Jin’s wife, was a criminal police, and also died in the crash.

    The rescue workers said that Doudou looked very quiet, just like asleep.

    Nobody doubted the illegible adult who hugged Doudou was Doudou’s father. At that moment, who would protect Doudou with his life? “It’s a father’s instinct.” Doudou’ grandfather Chen said.

    Source: Beijing News

    Translated and edited by Ma Xin
    http://en.m4.cn/archives/22592.html

  5. zack
    August 2nd, 2011 at 12:18 | #5

    it’s really quite sad to see that the West now believes that the only way it can succeed is to see China fail

  6. August 2nd, 2011 at 12:56 | #6

    They also target everyone else.

    Looking at reactions from the Colbert Report, FAIR.org, etc., I think it is clear many in the West have begun to realize they have a lot of buffoons spewing garbage in their media.

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