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Post time 2008-5-13 07:05:29 |Display all floors
We Asians appreciate frank talking too


You do not speak for all Asians. You don't even speak for the Chinese. Get that through your thick skull. The Koreans, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, etc. would be extremely offended by your comments. You speak for yourself and nobody else. Asians are a diverse group of people and cannot be thrown together into one basket, bendan.   

Why don't you move back to the Motherland? Oh wait, then you couldn't express your opinion fre.ely there, like you can in the West. You'd probably go insane if you couldn't post tens of thousands of messages in the CD forum. Do you have a job or even a hobby? Is the CD forum all you have in life? People like you make me sick. You use the fre.edoms and libe.rties that the Fre.e West offers to bash lib.eral, de.mocratic go.vernments, while at the same time supporting re.pressive dictat.orships around the world. You give overseas Chinese a bad name every time you post.


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Post time 2008-5-13 07:50:54 |Display all floors
Dear mengzhi,

This is the first time I've posted on this website, though I hope to contribute more in the future. Perhaps you have me confused with another pair of socks.

Regarding the recent media coverage on Tibet, I have not seen much, so I cannot comment on it all. But I do know that there were some inaccuracies in the reporting (as well as some idiotic comments made). Whether these were intentional or not, I cannot say. However, I do think that these news sources should be checking their facts before releasing the information, and this is obviously not always done. Perhaps in their rush to be the first to release information, they took a "release now" and "check the facts later" approach to reporting. They lose all credibility when doing so, however. And if the same story is released by several news sources, it only propagates the inaccuracies and further misunderstanding.

As I said before, Americans have had, on average, much more exposure to the European cultures, both through travel and through the media, than to the Asian cultures, and so perhaps many Americans have only a basic understanding of China and its culture (and I am by no means an expert either). Also, Chinese culture is so distinct from American culture that it is difficult to get a grasp of it simply from traveling to China. I think that all of these elements contribute to the difficulties many Americans have when analyzing news stories on China (or Asia in general). Hopefully this will change in the future as more people travel to, and gain an interest in, China and its culture. It's a very beautiful, rich, and interesting culture.

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Post time 2008-5-13 08:00:16 |Display all floors
Yikes! meiguodiyi, with all due respect, you seriously need to look into taking a few anger management classes..........

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Post time 2008-5-13 08:24:52 |Display all floors
Hi mengzhi,

This is the first time I've posted on this website. Perhaps you have me confused with another pair of socks.

Regarding the recent media coverage on China, I have not seen much, so I cannot comment on it all. But I do know that there were some inaccuracies in their reporting (as well as some idiotic comments made). Whether these were intentional or not, I cannot say. However, I do think that these news sources should be checking their facts before releasing the information, and this is obviously not always done. Perhaps in their rush to be the first to release information, they took a "release now" and "check the facts later" approach to reporting. They lose all credibility when doing so, however. And if the same story is released by several news sources, it only propagates the inaccuracies and misunderstanding. I agree with you, it is unprofessional.

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Post time 2008-5-13 09:16:36 |Display all floors

To know you better .

Welcome to the forum then sock_monkey .  I like a debate and an exchange of views , not the blinkered , bombastic and banal juvenile rhetoric .  It is true that those media sources have been guilty as charged  ( BBC CNN and German TV plus others ). They have never retracted or apologized to the Chinese .  A certain Cafferty of the CNN fame went so far as to brand ALL CHINESE as " goons and thugs " . Again no apologies . These things make it very difficult for moderates like me to stay objective . This is a throwing down the gauntlet and spit-in-your-face insult that no Chinese with any spine would take it lying down . I hope things change for the better soon . We also do not need people like you-know-who  here to stir the pot of racial antagonism . Cheers .

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Post time 2008-5-13 09:25:48 |Display all floors
I think CNN has someting out for China, not because of cafferty, but mostly Lou Dobbs.  That guy is a freaking idiot and shouldnt be on anything considered a "news show"(which CNN barely is).  

The Cafferty comments were blown out of proportion.  That guy (while funny at times) insults EVERYBODY.  I mean you should hear some of the stuff he says about Bush and our congress...hahaha.  Flat out calls them idiots who couldnt legislate themselves out of a paper bag.

IMO, it seems some Chinese (and this is a generalization) are too sensitive when it comes to what western media says about them.  Cafferty's comment was fairly tame compared to what he says about everyone else, and it just seems everyone got overly excited about it.  I think this stems from a lot of Chinese eager to take their place on the world stage...i can understand that, but take it from an american, if you want to continue to be a serious global player you need to learn how to roll with the punches and take critizism a bit more lightly.

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Post time 2008-5-13 11:11:43 |Display all floors
Hi mengzhi, it's good to meet you.

I did read about the comments made by Jack Cafferty on CNN. Whether they were intended to offend or not, the US already has an image problem abroad and comments like this only make matters worse, say nothing of the damage it does to CNN's reputation. But again, Americans eat this sort of stuff up and it generates publicity for CNN and its shows. I also think that, for a segment of the American public anyway, these types of comments only remind them why it is that they do not watch these types of TV shows. These shows are full of talking heads that shout at one another and really have nothing to say. It's a poor substitution for a reputable news source. I'll admit that it does make it difficult to remain objective about the coverage on CNN, however.

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