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Life in flames: The story behind Tibetan self-immolation (Xinhua News)

(It’s worth noting that Gady Epstein of The Economist calls this video, “remarkable propaganda document.” If you think about it, that’s a wholesale rejection of the Chinese point of view. This is politics. But, then, don’t forget that The Economist and other Western media self-proclaim to be “free.” According to their definition, Western journalism is supposed to be about presenting differing perspectives. That’s rubbish. As regular readers of Hidden Harmonies know, Western media is every bit about propaganda as much as anything else.)

  1. Zack
    April 3rd, 2013 at 03:14 | #1

    The Economist pretending to be fair and objective? that joke lost its humour long ago when it was discovered that the staff at The Economist weren’t being ironic and were being genuinely stupid and ignorant over their lacklustre journalism.
    The fact that its writers can hide behind anonymity says a lot about its attitude towards journalistic integrity and accountability.

    As an aside, i loved it when Brazil’s President Rousseff told The Economist where to get off when they smugly suggested that she fire her Finance Minister, the very same Finance Minister who opined that the US and UK’s bank asset buying programs were doomed to fail.

    and these fuckers point fingers and whine about state controlled media!!

  2. pug_ster
    April 3rd, 2013 at 11:59 | #2


    I’m surprised that the video didn’t mention more about the Dalai Lama.

  3. April 5th, 2013 at 00:03 | #3

    I’m puzzled by The Economist, as usual. Why do they consider this video a “remarkable propaganda document”?

  4. April 8th, 2013 at 01:31 | #4

    According to gaddy it is because they used a female presenter who is fluent in english.

  5. Zack
    April 8th, 2013 at 03:43 | #5

    dear god, what a remarkable propaganda device!!

    seems The Economist is only a step away from calling all those caucasian or Western presenters on CCTV and CNC World race traitors,

  6. raffiaflower
    April 8th, 2013 at 04:53 | #6

    Not surprising. I thot that it would be a `remarkable propaganda device’ bcos of its high production values & slick presentation; it could even prove how devilishly clever those Commies are becoming in countering our Western propaganda – what nerve!
    The short film won’t sway diehard China-bashers like the ZioNaziSraeli Gady Epstein type or American firsters but possibly impact the opinion of a non-partisan viewer.
    It humanizes the victims and their friends/families, telling their side of the story, which is something that the Western media won’t do for the children and others murdered by American drones or Israeli attacks & invasions.
    The hypocrisy of Western msm is underscored: angry people sometimes driven to desperate countermeasures against their brutalizers are `fanatics’ and `terrorists’. In Tibet, those misled by separatist exiles into futile acts of suicide are standing up against the `oppressive Chinese regime’.

  7. Black Pheonix
    April 9th, 2013 at 06:27 | #7

    It’s a “remarkable soft power document”.


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