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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.