In this American Public Media’s Marketplace report (which I heard on NPR yesterday), reporter Rob Schmitz casts some doubts about China’s investments in Mongolia (podcast segment starts at 10:40 mark), especially with respect to recently discovered coal deposits. Of course, this is the same Rob Schmitz who exposed the Mike Daisey lies about working conditions at Foxconn. Schmitz is one of the best Western reporters covering China right now. I love listening to Marketplace and appreciate his work. However, I must point out the hypocrisy in this little segment. Try listen to the report a second time around by replacing China with the United States and Mongolia with Canada. Now, think whether a U.S. media would make such a report about America. It might be unfair to outright call Schmitz and the Marketplace program as defaming China. Nevertheless, if you think about the American audience who are barraged with constant Collective Defamation of China as melektaus thoroughly argued, you will understand what kind of impact a seemingly benign report means in the bigger picture.