Michael Sneed, source of rumor

 This woman was the source of the rumor that the Virginian Tech shooter was a Chinese. I am not depicting her “shameless” simply because she said that: it has been a common practice for reporters to fabricate or hint, if you dare to admit it. What made me angry was the wording she chose: “… Authorities are investigating whether the shooter was a 24- year-old Chinese national who arrived in San Francisco on a United Airlines flight Aug. 7 on a student visa issued in Shanghai …”. Filling every imaginary detail trying to make the line look true and convincing, she started with an ambiguous “authorities are investigating whether”, what a deliberate trap! Well this is a perfect example of the reporters’ disguised, misleading, yet technically correct markup languages. I think it is also perfect truth that some authority is investigating whether that fat assed shitty mouth dirty old Caucasian woman who lied to the public 1000 times and got fired twice for too much farting and never been kissed in her whole life was a 50 year old who arrived in Illinois on a 1982 Greyhound in the luggage cabinet, named Michael Needs Focker.

….Ahhh I am sorry for my foul language………. Here are some other posts of mine, regarding VirginiaTech shooting:

https://fridayinlove.wordpress.com/2007/04/20/virginiatech-shooting-loving-v-virginia/

VirginiaTech shooting, Loving v. Virginia

Until 1967 interracial  marriages were illegal and guilty of felony. People were sent to jail for this. (Google Loving v. Virginia for this)

VirginiaTech shooter, Cho, had always been laughed at in high school and yelled “go back to China” at, depite the fact he was a Korean. (CNN)

Firearm sales in Virginia is so lightly moderated that a person announced “mentally ill” by a court could pass the background in one minute and get a gun without a problem. (Again, CNN). And if the person wishes, he can get up to one gun every month.

If things remain the way they are in Virginia (or other conservative /neocon states, or actually, the U.S.) , I say, another campus shooting, killing another dozens of people, is foreseeable.

Who Is Responsible for Virginia Tech Shooting

It was such a tragical event that 32 innocent people lost their lives for no cause. 32 victims were brutally murdered at their most joyful and creative age, in a campus supposed to be quiet and peaceful.

The shooter has been identified as an 23 year old male student of VirginiaTech. The nationality of the killer, South Korean, was also mentioned in bold titles all over the media, somehow giving people the impression that the incident has something to do with the Koreans or the Asian world. Well I should say, if anyone except the killer was to be held responsible, it would only be the American educational and social system.

First of all, I couldn’t have dreamt of how easy it is to get a gun in the great Commonwealth of Virginia until I heard it from CNN. It was said that the only rule is “up to one hand-gun per month” that a person can buy. This is either plain retardation or thorough craziness. Legal pocession of firearms, although widely questioned and attacked, may still be reasonable for a country that remains its rural/suburban heritages and habits, however allowing such an irrsponsible gun sale policy is indubitably outrageous. While the Virginian cops are busy writing speeding tickets with their funny looking Mexican hats, their government is making weapons easily accessed everyday, and happily counting the tax from the gun sale business. This is one reason we heard the gunshots from VirginiaTech.

And I would also like to cast a glare of hatred toward the American education system. I guess it would be safe if I say that just like it is easy to get criticized in a Chinese school, easy to get laid in a French school, it is easy to get shot in an American campus. For decades whenever there was a campus shooting, people all over the world would first guess which state it is in the U.S. Why?! And in this most recent, and most vital case in history, the gunman came into the U.S. at the age of 8 and grew up under the American schooling system, and yet again shooting, the American style of discharging one’s anger, was seen lamentedly.

These said, I sincerely hope the media and the mass crowd could stop gibbering the nationality and hobbies and personalities of this killer, and the nation could save some of the hypocritical stuff that it will have to forcefully do, and do something real to help the situation regarding campus shooting, the otherwise would-be american tradition.

And enclosed please find an article more objective from a 3rd party website:

http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200704u/virginia-tech

Atlantic Unbound | April 17, 2007

Fallows@Large | by James Fallows

Virginia Tech Shooting

One American woman terrifies China.

…..

I t was Tuesday night China time when the authorities in Blacksburg, Virginia, identified the gunman as a young Korean. For the previous 12 hours, the worst traits in the Chinese media had been brought out by an even-worse lapse by part of the U.S. media. One — and as far as I can tell, only one — journalist in the U.S. identified the killer publicly and quickly as a student from China who had recently been given his visa in Shanghai. During the long night after the shooting U.S. time, which was daytime Tuesday in China, that report was picked up — surprise! — by Fox news and a few smaller U.S. outlets, and, via web news sites, it quickly made its way to China.

What the Chinese media did next was bad in a predictable way. Many web links to outside news of the shooting were blocked to limit subsequent details from reaching China. As reported in this blog from Beijing, parts of CCTV and the other official news outlets downplayed all announcements about the shooting until they could be sure what the “correct” Chinese angle would turn out to be. Meanwhile some other Chinese press web sites reported the news — and the suspicion, emanating from America, that the killer was Chinese. I have friends in the U.S. consulate here, and I could imagine them tearing through the visa records yesterday, trying to figure out who the student might posibly have been, and which consular officer had stamped Approved! on his papers.

Why all this flurry, over a suspect who proved to have nothing to do with the Shanghai consulate or China at all? As best I can tell, the alarm in the world’s most populous nation was caused by one person, the (female) columnist Michael Sneed of the Chicago Sun Times. The crucial story she apparently wrote soon after the shooting now seems to have been sand-blasted out of the Sun Times archives, with no notice that it was ever there. But its existence and influence can be traced through fossil records like this one, from station WBBM in Chicago. Its story said:

Sneed: Shooter Was Chinese National On Student Visa

CHICAGO (WBBM) – Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed reports the gunman was a 25-year-old Chinese national who came to the United States last year on a student visa.

Citing an unidentified source, investigators have not linked the man to any terror groups.

Sneed reports the man arrived in the U.S. in San Francisco on a visa issued in Shanghai.

Three bomb threats on the Virginia Tech campus last week may have been attempts by the gunman to test the campus security response, according to the Sneed report…

Another, from the NBC affiliatiate in Chicago, said:

CHICAGO — Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed reported Monday that the Virginia Tech shooter is a 24-year-old man from China.

More than 30 people were killed Monday in the shooting rampage on Virginia Tech University’s campus.According to Sneed, the man came to the U.S. last year on a student visa issued in Shanghai.

Police believe the same man may be responsible for threats on campus last week, Sneed reported.

Meanwhile it was striking through the day that no “real” news source stepped up to confirm Sneed’s report. (The ones who passed it along were Drudge and Fox.) But eventually the Chinese started to assume that it must be true. Otherwise, how could an American journalist dare go public, fast and alone, with a detailed claim sure to cause international ripples?

How indeed? It turns out the “normal” media were right to wait; that every detail of Sneed’s story about the Chinese culprit was wrong; and that something went wrong in the basic journalistic process here.

Will Sneed spend much time apologizing? My guess is no. If you follow the links from the existing fossil stories back to the Sneed column with the original made-in-China claim, you’ll find that the claim is no longer there. The links themselves have been redirected, to lead to updaetd and sanitized stories like this and this, in which Sneed discuss only the eventual culprit, Cho. Neither has anything to say about the Chinese student and his previous role in the case, nor Sneed’s.

1.3 billion Chinese people are grateful to you, Michael Sneed — grateful the alarm created singlehandedly by you proved false. They hold endless seminars on media ethics here, on the theory that they can shape up a state-controlled press. Maybe you’d like to come speak? I guarantee you’d draw a crowd.

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5 thoughts on “Michael Sneed, source of rumor

  1. Pingback引用通告: 聞.見.思.錄 » 槍擊.Faux Pas

  2. I was reading New Yorker last night and their coverage on this incident is exactly what I said in my “who is responsible for shooting” 🙂 basiclly, a more strict firearm policy is suggested..

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