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Why some U.S. media going to such extreme?
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18:25, April 02, 2008

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Violence or such riots as beating, smashing, looting and arson erupted on March 14 in Lhasa, capital city of the Tibetan autonomous region, has become the focus of global attention. The Lhasa incident has not only torn down the mask of the Dalai Lama's non-violence but laid bare the intrinsic ideological bias of some American media.

In their coverage of the Lhasa violence, some American media have reported almost similarly such violent acts of beating, smashing and looting as "peaceful protests", whereas they branded the law-enforcing activities taken ultimately for quenching the violence and restoring the law and order as a "crackdown" move. The "Washington Post" in an editorial titled "Olympic Shame" denounces China for oppressing its ethnic minorities and depriving citizens of their rights of freedom, and discrediting Olympic Games.

In depicting the beating, smashing, looting and committing arson in the broad daylight as "peaceful protests", noted a Chinese American scientist, those, if not being idiots or mentally retarded, are sure to go to the extremes in their opposition to China. Can the U.S. government sit idle by to see an American city, say, Honolulu of Hawaii, is being ransacked in violence? Where are American media's criteria to distinguish between good and evils and between right and wrong?

In another earlier editorial, "Washington Post" acknowledged that they (referring to Tibet independence elements), filled with their dissatisfaction over the human rights issue of the Chinese government, deem months prior to the opening of the Olympic Games as the most ideal period to draw global attention. This shows American media know clearly that the intention of Tibet Independence elements is precisely to sabotage Beijing Olympic Games. If you obviously know that these Tibet independence elements are harbored with an ill purpose, but you still sympathize with and voice your support for them, then, people have reasons to ask about your evil aim, and who are intentionally defaming the Olympics?

As the Olympic Games is due to be held in China, the Chinese government and people have exerted their utmost to run it well. Moreover, it should also be said that Beijing Olympics belongs not only to China but still more to the world. How can you incite such law-breaking activities indiscriminately? Here, I would like to ask who are really discrediting the Olympics: the Chinese government and people dedicating themselves to hosting the games well or those Tibet independence elements who have availed themselves of this opportunity to engage in sabotages? Do some Western media play a positive or passive role by stirring up troubles from behind?

In the Lhasa riot, some media in the West have once again hoisted the banner of "human rights" to slam or disgrace China. Have you seen those resorting to violence are no other than Tibet independence elements themselves, whereas those victimized are ordinary Han and Tibetan people. In your minds, are the human rights of those Han and Tibetan victims not human rights so that they can be ignored? And why do you want to safeguard the "human rights" of rooters to the neglect of the human rights of victims?

The incident of riots in Tibet reveals how far some US media have gone to the extremes in ideology, and they should really mull over and reflect themselves: Is something wrong with your criteria for telling between right and wrong? Is it now the high time to cast the bias or "colored spectacles" left over from the cold war era into the garbage bin?

A recent opinion poll in the U.S. indicates that the rate of public confidence is highest with American doctors and nurses, and the lowest for the mass media. Some American media nevertheless, if without making an earnest introspection or correction, will possibly be faced with a risk of losing their public confidence all together.

By People's Daily Online



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