Glenn Bohn of The Vancouver Sun wrote “Tibet coverage ‘twisted, biased’” yesterday.
Basically, it says that Western media has been biased and given twisted coverage of Tibet protest. It mentions that most media images come from Westerners and/or tourists taking sensational videos, photos, or cell phone pics in the heat of protest. Western media heavily relies on these images to stir their columns and news stories.
On the other hand, “viewers of Chinese-language TV news broadcasts see the more of the "dark side and violence of the riots," including assaults against ethnic Chinese in Tibet. The Chinese news media also interviewed injured ethnic Chinese in hospitals.”
Our well-known SingTao Daily, privately owned Chinese newspaper run out of Vancouver, says that Western media are critical of ALL non-western governments, not only Communist China, and shouldn’t really take undue offense, saying that it doesn’t mean that Western countries, or specifically Canada, is breaking “friendly relations” with China.
I’m glad they brought this up. I am a huge fan of articles that show some reflexivity in discourse.
All media sets agendas and no media is unbiased. Popular newspapers are “expert opinions” and mos often.. just well-written opinion. And let us not pretend that any of the newspapers published in Vancouver display well-written news. In fact The Vancouver Sun itself is supposed to be written at like.. a grade 7 level. Really.
There is strong agenda setting in media (See, for example, Wanta & Hu 1993) so be careful with what you read.
For a more local example, there is all this hoo ha about whale hunt/ seal hunt with animal rights people and people getting all sad at certain Native groups. But seriously, we cry over these things because whales and seals are all cuddly and cute. Nobody ever talks about the deep cultural, traditional, or whatever-they-do-it-for reasons. Let’s hear the other side of the argument and not get all weak because cute animals are being killed. Unless you are 100% vegan and are 100% ethical in your economic consumption, stop acting like you are all righteous and shit (aka tell that to Hayden Panettiere who cries over baby dolphins) [aside- and please, do you REALLY think anybody would care if she weren't a popular actress and hot? another Pam Anderson, no doubt]. Really, nobody is bawling over the damn spiders or rodents we kill everyday, but come the cute cuddly animals that you can put in a zoo and oo and aww at and we all suddenly become activists. Get over yourself.
ANYHOW, my point is, you got to look at both sides of the story. Pick a side, by all means, but at least educate yourself on both sides and TRY not to be ignorant as to the reasons WHY people do the things they do.RECOMMEND this Post on Progressive Bloggers CLICK HERE!