Comments on: Problem with gymnastics… Reader reaction to Reuters news Fri, 18 Nov 2011 06:49:03 +0000 hourly 1 By: Olddog Fri, 22 Aug 2008 17:13:40 +0000 Some mistakes are bound to happen but overall I like the balanced news that I get from Reuters. I find a lot less ‘slant’ than most American news agencies and the fact that the stories are usually more complete. CNN and Fox are just a waste of time for me.

By: GTGC Tue, 12 Aug 2008 04:12:20 +0000 I do not think Reuters intently lied this time — it’s more like an accident. I guess Reuters might pre-wrote several different versions of a future event for all possible results, and then “transmitted” the “correct” version after the result turned out. Due to some technical issues a wrong version was “transmitted” at the wrong time — news came before the event actually took place.

Anyway, this accident makes Reuters more like CNN-style media among Chinese audience. What surprised me most is that most Chinese are not surprised for this mistake. This false news, just like others, has been reported widely by Chinese media as another good joke. “What do you expect from western media after all the lies they have spread these years — they are just too eager for reporting bad news of China to double-check the fact.” Yes, from using the Nepal’s police violent pictures of beating up monks, which took a few years ago, with caption saying it was taken in the 3.14 Lhasa riot, to using a picture took before 2001 with caption saying that Beijing police was monitoring the internet during the Olympic Game (unfortunately this picture has been too famous since it has been used again and again in recent several years with different labels), Chinese audience are actually enjoying such jokes instead of feeling surprised.

A lie always has a target. I do not think the western media try to cheat Chinese. Just use your commonsense: Chinese readers can tell the huge difference between Nepal police and China police in one second though most western people cannot; and we know that the version of the China police uniforms showed in the picture labeled as “Beijing, 2008” actually have been replaced by the current version before 2001(the changing of police uniform triggered lots of discussion at that time, and, at least we see cops everyday — after so many years I myself even could not remember what the old version uniform looked like till I saw the “news photo”). Obviously, the target of such lies is the majority of the western readers, who are vulnerable not only because they do not have enough experience and commonsense about China (I do not blame them, as I do not have lots of knowledge of Georgia either), but also they “want” to believe such laughable lies.

I strongly believe that finally the western media will begin to repair their reputation, as the Chinese media try to do now (oh yes, the majority of Chinese readers do not trust them either — Chinese media often hide bad news, instead of “creating news” like western media do — anyway, Chinese media are now trying to be more open and have made some noticeable progresses). Telling truth is not easy, but please, Reuters and other western media, eventually the truth shall set you free.