“The Malfeasance of a Few…”

Having stumbled across another piece of shameless biased Western newsreporting, PI FENQING started farting uncontrollably, and swore revenge. Once again, the shameless and biased Western  liars had crapped his pants.

Having stumbled across another piece of shameless biased Western newsreporting, PI FENQING started farting uncontrollably, and swore revenge. Once again, the shameless and biased Western liars had crapped his pants.

I like ESWN as a source of information on China, or the Chinese press. I’m sure it will continue to be a great source. But I do also believe that currently, Roland Soong, who runs ESWN, is getting obsessed with an issue which, until recently, only seemed to excite fenqings: “The biased Western media”.

Mr Soong, a well-established and authoritative Hong-Kong based blogger, has listed several Western (including German) news articles which show baggy coverage on a “Jasmine Revolution” in China.

No German source I’m reading is interested in such stories. And as the Peking Duck pointed out today, some of those “Western” sources aren’t even “Western sources”. But then where’d be the fun for angry Chinese guardians of press accuracy (abroad) if they weren’t, somehow, “Western”, after all?

This is how Mr Soong reacts (or seems to react – I find it hard to believe that he would identify with the following paragraph, or author it, and I hope I’m getting this completely wrong):

A Beijing-based foreign correspondent read this and said: “But I haven’t heard of any of these outlets except Next Media Animation.”  That is not the point.  The point is that these examples are being circulated inside China as what “WESTERN MEDIA” do.  That is, the malfeasance of a few is taken to be standard behavior among all.  So will the rest of the western media stand up and denounce the few?  If they won’t, then it is case closed.  By contrast, whenever there is a case of media fakery in China, the media blogosphere/micro-blogosphere will expose and condemn with no mercy.  In these present examples, the typical western media response is: “Well, I didn’t and I wouldn’t do anything like this.”  Well, good for you!  But what is your role in clearing out such misinformation among the western world?  Oh, “It’s not my job”?

“The malfeasance of a few is taken to be standard behavior among all?” Weird logic. Is it the job of a Western newsman to distance himself for the sins of his Western colleagues? Shall, in the future, every Chinese businessman make apologies for technology some of his peers stole from my country? To whom? To me? To a former boss of mine? To the German taxpayers’ association?

If the Chinese media blogosphere wants to condemn my country, its media, or its beer with no mercy, so be it. Confused and blurred responsibilities lead nowhere. To attend an anger-management exercise, or several, would be the responsibility of the Chinese blogosphere Mr Soong is referring to.

Sorry, Mr Soong. That isn’t my business. And I can’t believe it is yours.

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