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Post time 2018-3-17 22:54:56 |Display all floors
Western reports on China are turning bland. They resemble each other increasingly with identical topics and tunes, as if they were all based on the same press release. For us Chinese, Western media outlets look like they come from one media group - just local offices of The New York Times, BBC, Le Monde etc.

Chinese people can hardly distinguish from a mix of China-bashing articles which Western media outlets have produced them. Nor probably can most Westerners.

The Western media used to report China-related topics that went beyond our expectation. Many Chinese media outlets therefore designated specific sections to introduce these reports to Chinese people. But now Western media are giving more attention to what's trendy on China's internet and borrowing ideas from keyboard warriors, or armchair critics on social media. This was perfectly illustrated by the way they followed up on the recent eye-rolling incident at the two sessions.

There were reasons for the phenomenon.

Western media practitioners are getting more ideology-driven in understanding China, bolstered by Western centrism in the face of China's rise. They find everything wrong with China because its emergence has the sins of squeezing the West's interests. Their views may vary individually, but they can hardly go beyond the political correctness of presenting China from a negative perspective.

With a tighter budget, Western media have cut down on reporting. It's safer for them to pander to readers than discover meaningful topics. Hence their mass production of reports stereotyping China.

Meanwhile, some correspondents of Western media in China are neither improving professionally nor working hard enough.

Chinese people used to find everything outside the country interesting. But when they have had their horizons broadened significantly, Western reporters are still using platitudes and thus are losing their appeal. Since demonstrating Western values is their only feature, these reporters are getting extreme in this respect.

More importantly, Chinese society has grown more confident over decades' development. Many Chinese worshiped everything about the West, especially Western media. But as they now view the West on an equal footing, the charm of the Western media fades rapidly. The scandals of Western media's China correspondents in recent years have also dented their capability of influencing Chinese society.

It takes more time to completely eliminate the asymmetry of information dissemination between China and the West, but this has obviously become a tendency.

The increasingly mediocre Western media also reflect the West's declining advantages over China.

If the Western media want to maintain their influence across the world, they need to remove the shackles of Western interests and values and renew their understanding of the essential elements of news: objectivity and truth in consideration of the whole of mankind. In this way they will find out more and broadcast more of what's exciting about the world.
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So true.
The west is in a rut and the rut they enjoy. It takes no effort. Anyone can join.
The artists of the west have long been forgotten. They has been replaced by political pornography.
The politcal propaganda has been out of the can so long it is starting to rot.
China can appreciate art. But China is tired of all the political pornography.
If capitalism promotes innovation and creativity then why aren't scientists and artists the richest people in a capitalist nation?

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seneca Post time: 2018-3-18 07:58
So much wishful hoping... That is because the author of the above pamphlet doesn't know the conten ...

Loads of people can read news in English in China, and almost everybody finds the western media' reports of China topics are biased and corny.
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Post time 2018-3-18 14:51:15 |Display all floors
Very true. If you read certain western media, the format and target are almost the same. Only the names, places, time and events are different. The recent eye-rolling incident at the Two Sessions was just about two women reporters trying to get the attention but one failed and was envious of the other. Certain western media make a political situation out of it.

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Post time 2018-3-18 15:07:02 |Display all floors
If you read certain western media, the format and target are almost the same.

I would like to insert "template" into this sentence too.

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Post time 2018-3-18 15:19:55 |Display all floors
huaqiao Post time: 2018-3-18 14:51
Very true. If you read certain western media, the format and target are almost the same. Only the na ...

You are right on the money.

Just a storm in a teacup it was, but the western media just made a big deal out of it. Funny and pathetic.
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