Media Cheat on Tibet Riot

This blog gives a good compilation of how major media around the world misled the crowd by using pictures of violences occurred at other places/times, in their articles about the Tibetan riot took place last week. This list includes CNN, Washington Post in the U.S., BILD, N-TV, Spiegel, RTL TV in Germany.

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One can only believe that:
1) Either these media don’t have a qualified internal examination/inspection system,
2) Or, they were deliberately lying, trying to fool their audiences.

In either case, these media are NOT reliable sources of news. Shame on them.

Some more words, in response to a comment, added 03/24:

First of all I wasn’t saying “all Western media is lying on purpose”, the Economist, for one, did an objective report, which I linked in my previous post. But some, if not most, did lie on this. I have lived in the U.S. for a couple of years, and by comparing with the way they report their domestic issues, I wouldn’t believe all of them simply made technical mistakes. Reading their headline assertions that a government is “clashing”, “suppressing”, “violating” a “peaceful protest” without any confirmed source, I could sense the media’s remote hostility and obvious eagerness to take a side. That’s not the right way for doing news.

Personally I don’t believe the government did anything out of line in this incident. (gunshots were fired as you said, but for the purpose of warning instead of shooting, or in life threatening conditions, confirmed by different sources).

I do know (and witness) there has been “repression from Chinese government”. Until 1980’s the majority of the officials of Chinese government were under-educated and thus lacked the virtue of respecting cultures, including their own Chinese traditional. Combined with the Communists’ tradition of believing in violence, they did a lot of “prison, torture, destruction of culture” to all Chinese people, including but not especially toward the Tibetan ethnic. The good thing is, they have been quickly changing and learning from 1990’s. For Tibet, huge budgets were set to rebuild temples (the roof of one temple would cost hundreds kilograms of gold), to fund monks, and to build local economy. The claim that the government IS doing cultural genocide is groundless, even if it is claimed by the big shot Dalai Lama. I hope and support the government to make more progress on improving the condition in Tibet, culturally and all.

http://www.case.edu/affil/tibet/tibetanSociety/history.htm contains a lot of 3rd-party academic research articles regarding how Tibet was and is like. I recommend it to anyone who wants to know more truth about Tibet.

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13 thoughts on “Media Cheat on Tibet Riot

  1. I have see the quality of western media and the real mean of the truth for western people!
    I’ll never believe you, never…

  2. media cheat on tibet riot? It’s all made up? No Chinese army firing at the Tibetans?
    you’re kidding!
    The violence of disillusioned young Tibetans, that’s something I really don’t want to justify. But to announce in your Blog that all the Western media is lying on purpose, is ridiculous. Even if the Western media took wrong pictures from Nepal to illustrate their articles: the violence committed by both sides in Tibet is real. Even the Chinese government admitted recently that their police forces used guns against the protesters. Some days ago they said, that not one of the policeman even would have carried a gun. Strange, huh? Besides: why does the Chinese government exclude the foreign media from reporting from Tibet? For what reason?
    And what you don’t mention with one word: the suffering of Tibetans over the last 60 years under repression from Chinese government. Prison. Torture. Destruction of Tibetan culture.
    (and I am definetly noone that blames all the Chinese people for this, unfortunately the majority of the Chinese people don’t know what has been going in in Tibet all the years)

  3. First of all I wasn’t saying “all Western media is lying on purpose”, the Economist, for one, did an objective report, which I linked in my previous post. But some, if not most, did lie on this. I have lived in the U.S. for a couple of years, and by comparing with the way they report their domestic issues, I wouldn’t believe all of them simply made technical mistakes. Reading their headline assertions that a government is “clashing”, “suppressing”, “violating” a “peaceful protest” without any confirmed source, I could sense the media’s remote hostility and obvious eagerness to take a side. That’s not the right way for doing news.

    Personally I don’t believe the government did anything out of line in this incident. (gunshots were fired as you said, but for the purpose of warning instead of shooting, or in life threatening conditions, confirmed by different sources).

    I do know (and witness) there has been “repression from Chinese government”. Until 1980’s the majority of the officials of Chinese government were under-educated and thus lacked the virtue of respecting cultures, including their own Chinese traditional. Combined with the Communists’ tradition of believing in violence, they did a lot of “prison, torture, destruction of culture” to all Chinese people, including but not especially toward the Tibetan ethnic. The good thing is, they have been quickly changing and learning from 1990’s. For Tibet, huge budgets were set to rebuild temples (the roof of one temple would cost hundreds kilograms of gold), to fund monks, and to build local economy. The claim that the government IS doing cultural genocide is groundless, even if it is claimed by the big shot Dalai Lama. I hope and support the government to make more progress on improving the condition in Tibet, culturally and all.

    http://www.case.edu/affil/tibet/tibetanSociety/history.htm contains a lot of 3rd-party academic research articles regarding how Tibet was and is like. I recommend it to anyone who wants to know more truth about Tibet.

  4. Most Chinese people don’t know what has been going in in Tibet all the years? A Ha? So, you, Western People know all what have happened in Tibet before and now? Ridiculous!!! You just get all information form your media, how can you judge these news are real and impersonal? Think about what you have done to China from one hundred years ago! Leave it and promote you country humanright better.

  5. thos,
    To be fair, from my first hand experience in China,regular police officers DO NOT carry any sort of deadly weapon(guns etc.), which I think is really bad because they are in a very dangerous line of work. Instead, they carry batons and pepper spray. So what you read about cops not having guns was probably in reference to the “beat cops” patrolling the streets.

    Also, your remark about Chinese people not knowing what the government is really doing in Tibet is wrong…in so many level… these are the same people living in smog filled cities, some with contaminated water supplies, the same people who face corruption in their lives, the same people who see the disparity between the haves and have nots, the same people who deal with the government everyday. They know more than you do.
    – – – –
    But in regards to this entire situation, most people in the West have sensationalized, over simplified and ignored many aspects of the situation, from the erroneous reporting by news agencies (http://www.anti-cnn.com/), self-serving Tibetan exiles pontificating and slandering the Chinese government with unverifiable claims and ignoring all the good the government has done for Tibet(redistribution of land to the poor, stunning economic development, ending slavery…something that the Free Tibet movements don’t want you to know).

    Journalists love to remind us that the news from China is filtered to promote its self-serving interest, but it’s hard deny the authenticity with what they do choose to show. In addition, most of the information from free Tibet movements about “repression” in Tibet are from people loyal to the Dali Lama who have their own ulterior motives. I mean, we took over Iraq because we had Iraqis with their own ulterior motives, telling us Iraq had WMDs, which we now know is false. This issue is complicated and there are serious problems facing ALL ethnic groups in China, not just Tibetans, and people should really consider all sides of a story instead of automatically defaulting to one side because they have their own biases and prejudices against the other.

  6. Just want to share with the ones who claim Chinese do not know what are happening in Tibet: the Communist may not allow foreigners to go there, we are basically free to visit there and talk to the local people. Many people from other parts of China, including HK, Macau, visit the place, and it is a popular place for local tourists.

  7. people living in the western country are very very very stupid and illiterat..that’s all i want to say…
    Just keep the logical thinking of white in your pants,do not tell anyone…In my view of point,WHITE are silly and brute..They want to give the democracy to Irap and some other countries.Looking at the fact,they are put into a pout compeletely…
    Do not think you have super weapons and stick to a thought that we are SMART,SCIENTIFIC,AND Senior comparing with others…
    WHITE ARE SILLY,STUBBORN,Self-fish..

    sorry I have to edit the name you chose. –The blog owner

  8. I don’t think being racist to white people is a mature response to the Tibet situation…

    For some reason, I do think that western media have the urge to show the ‘weaker’ side of China. For example, bbc showed the footage where a protestor was waving a pro-tibet flag during the olympic speech a zillion times during their report-non-stop (like we didn’t get the idea?) and when this bbc reporter argued another side, the report was interrupted by ‘some breaking news’ and after that no more signs of the earlier story. I find it ironic…a ‘demorcratic society’ like ‘us’ don’t use violence or and we have free speech. ‘It must be terrible to live in an ‘evil’ communist society… all these citzens are brainwashed by their government’.
    Frankly i am really tired of these comments and it really shows how little these people know of the real situation. i strongly feel that unless i have been to the tibet i really can’t judge who is ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ in this incident. anyway it’s not about blaming people we should move on….But i don’t think it’s good idea for Tibet to become independent.

  9. What I want to express here is that the limitation of people’s knowledge and their cultural perspective plays a big role that how people receive the message from the media.
    Because of different cultural respect and also fixed thinking, all that misunderstanding happens.

  10. Well, having a communism government doesn’t have to mean that the police should suffer from being beaten to death by these riots…

    I just cant believe this many westerners did not see what really happened in Tibet. It is an organized riot… Innocent people no matter what ethnic groups they belong to have been killed, beated, by these riots and so much more.

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