Archive for July, 2011

South China Sea Coverage, China Daily versus Reuters, Which is more propagandistic?

July 11th, 2011 35 comments

Following is a side-by-side look at how Reuters and China Daily reported on the South China Sea dispute in context of the U.S.-China relations. Again, you will have to decide which media outlet’s article is of higher journalistic standard.  One thing to bear in mind is that U.S. media almost always refer to the Chinese media ‘government mouthpieces’ as if they are propaganda machines.  In that case, read the Reuters article with that in mind too.  Which article in your mind is more a egregious and blatant propaganda piece? To be honest, I didn’t think the Reuters’ piece is that ‘bad.’ The more important point I want to make is that media is one sided. There is no such thing as ‘free’ media. We can see that when things are put side-by-side.

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9-year-old Zhong Chenle (钟辰乐) sings “Memory” on China’s Got Talent

July 10th, 2011 1 comment

I dare say, I think I like the boy’s version more than Barbra Streisand’s. Zhong Chenle says he found the song on his own over the Internet, and his older brother taught him the lyrics.

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James Fallows should know better speculating someones death is cultural taboo

July 8th, 2011 49 comments

James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly and one of the more accomplished journalists in the West. Throughout the years, he has also become a well known “China hand.” I have high regards for his views about Western media; he is like a sage. As a Westerner, his views about China are more nuanced (relatively speaking), and I appreciate his efforts promoting understanding. For example, I recall a debate between Fallows and Niall Ferguson on the topic of ‘Chimerica’ where Ferguson constantly tries to rachet up doom and gloom but only to be fizzled by Fallows more moderate (in my view correct) take on the relationship. Read more…

Pew Research Report, “THE U.S. MEDIA ON CHINA”

July 7th, 2011 7 comments

In January 24, 2011, Pew Research Center’s Project on Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) released a report (“THE U.S. MEDIA ON CHINA“) analyzing U.S. media coverage of China in the last few years, an ongoing effort started since 1997. The report asked, “When China has made news, what is it Americans are learning about?” That question was precisely answered.

In this post, I will take it further and share with you how the U.S. media narratives were as consumed by the American public. I will then share with you whether those narratives are truthful. In fact, as you will see in the PEJ report, the U.S. media reporting of China really vacillates around few dominant and recurring negative themes. And, they are not so truthful; definitely not objective.

There is however one exception, and in writing this post, I feel saddened because the topic I feel the narrative is finally correct is one of great tragedy.
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Why WTO Doesn’t Matter, Rare Earth Is Only a 2nd Proof.

July 6th, 2011 20 comments

WTO ruled China’s regulations of rare earth mineral quotas as illegal, China promises to comply, but it really doesn’t matter, because China is not responsible for China’s monopoly on rare earth mineral, and there is little anyone can do to, and really, WTO is toothless.

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龙信明 BLOG: “Strauss-Kahn – Politics, Espionage & Journalistic Fraud”

July 6th, 2011 5 comments

(DeWang: Following is a well researched analysis of the high profile arrest in the U.S. of former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and the subsequent falling apart of the prosecutions, sourced in its entirety from the 龙信明 BLOG.)

Strauss-Kahn – Politics, Espionage & Journalistic Fraud

Another Day in the Life of the US & Israel
Editor’s Note: Some of the expressions in this article have been adapted from comments by readers, to whom I offer my thanks.

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Baidu and Microsoft teams up against Google and a view on censorship

July 5th, 2011 No comments

Some might wonder how is it possible that Google still commands about 15-20% search market share in China despite its service essentially shut down there. The reason is because many Chinese netizens, 450 million and growing, are still using for English language searches. Actually, according to Analysys International, a Beijing market research firm, Google enjoys 19.2% in revenue share in China versus Baidu’s 75.8%. For this reason, Baidu and Microsoft have just announced combining efforts to take on Google on that market segment.
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Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-2010, by Richard F. Grimmett, Specialist in International Security

July 4th, 2011 5 comments

Larry from Bear Canada just passed along a copy of this report detailing instances of use of U.S. armed forces abroad from 1798-2010.  Thought it would be interesting to share this with everyone.  I’ve also placed this in the our Recommended Reading List, which is grossly incomplete, but does give some reference to some interesting reads. Read more…

Shanghai-Beijing Bullet Train Western Media Coverage, a case of Journalism vs. Propaganda

July 2nd, 2011 58 comments

Journalism is reporting the facts.  Today, I was curious how the Western media covered the new high speed rail between Shanghai and Beijing had just gone into service. I searched on Google, and the very first two articles I read had already struck me.  One represents what journalism should be and the other was really quite something else.  Kudos to AFP reporter, Allison Jackson, where she wrote, “Beijing-Shanghai high-speed train makes debut.” No kudos, however, to David Pierson of Los Angeles Time, who wrote, “China feeling like No. 1 with a bullet train.” The headline already sounds bitter.  To some, propaganda might be too harsh a description. I simply want to put these two articles side by side and point out the nuttiness.  You decide if I am too hash in my description or not.

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