Monthly Archives: March 2012

Birth of the Tiananmen Massacre Myth

Unfortunately, this is not the kind of favorite stories of the “free press”. Just like the Bush WMD myth, this appears to be a plotted story that the “free press” have got wrong, again.

The famous Tiananmen Massacre, one of the most influential (in terms of portraying the negative image of China among the western world) events in the history of modern China, turns out to be fabricated. The truth was disclosed several years ago by¬†declassified 1989 US embassy documents during the event. The event was the dominating headline of the “free press” about China during 1989. However since the truth was disclosed in 1999, it has hardly attracted any eyeballs from the “free press” and the western public. Till today, when the “free press” report stories about China, they still often (deliberately) mention the Tiananmen Massacre as like it was truth. No one seem to bother doing fact checking or correcting it. On the other hand, when the “free press” mention Bush WMD, they always emphasize that it is a US government lie. Interesting contrast, right? Well it is not a surprise at all. This is exactly the tactics being adopted by the “free press” for years to bash China.

You can read a brief about this myth below. Thanks to Toni for pointing this out.

And here is a link of telegraph report based on the US ambassay documents disclosed by wikileaks:

UPDATE: there is a very nice article giving more details about the event:

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Retracting “Mr. Daisey and The Apple Factory”

This American Life has retracted its most popular story told by Mike Daisey about a factory plant in China. Details of the retraction can be found here.

Are we surprised that Mike Daisey’s story is fabricated? Not at all. For years, we have witnessed how “free media” have fabricated the stereotype pictures about other countries, such as China. In one of our past posts, we showed how a single photo of Chinese policemen had been used in many different “free media” reports about China. Fabrication, or not such rosy word, lie, is a routine in the “free media” reports about China.

Occasionally, such lies were caught. Ooooops. But these incidents have never become a serious issue to have true impact on the credibility of “free media”. Why? Imagining you run a front page story on your newspaper that is a lie, if several readers unfortunately know about the truth, what will happen? Their voice can never reach the same broad scope of people as your newspaper. Chance is, probably more than 99.99% of your readers will still believe in your story. In a worse case, even if the voice of truth was loud enough to become a concern, you just put your short apology in number 19 page of your newspaper with small font. We bet 99.99% of your readers will not notice your apology. Even if some did notice it, you have run hundreds to thousands of similar stories over the years but only a few were caught, these readers are most likely to think these lies being caught are just some rare mistakes compared to the vast majority of stories. Problem solved. Apparently, this has become a very successful strategy by the “free media” for years.

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