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CNN decided Japan embarrassed itself when Tokya illegally siezed a Chinese fishing vessel recently in disputed waters. CNN's response was simply to not cover this story. Finally, after the world became aware of what happened through other news agencies, CNN finally burst into action with a propaganda piece aimed at tilting perspective against China. In a case where Japan is wholely wrong and China is clearly right in demanding their vessel and crew be immediately returned, CNN still takes the opportunity to play with words and make it seem like China is the bad guy.|
Propaganda: Tokyo, Japan (CNN) -- Japan on Monday released 14 crew members of a fishing trawler that crashed into two Japanese patrol boats last week, but the captain remains in custody, officials said.
Said another way: Beijing, China (CNN) -- China won the release of 14 crew members of a fishing boat which had been obstructed and seized by Japanese authorities last week. The Chinese captain remains in custody.
Explanation: The Fishing boat did not commit the action of "crashing into" anything. The Japanese coast guard vessels are the ones that plotted a collision course.
Propaganda: The arrests off the disputed Diaoyu Islands, in the East China Sea, had angered China. Beijing had repeatedly summoned the Japanese ambassador, demanding the fishermen's release.
Said another way: Japan's action has angered neighboring nations and confused allied powers. Beijing has repeatedly insisted on the immediate release of the vessel and crew.
Explanation: CNN said the Chinese crew was "arrested", that leads the reader to believe they are criminal. China is said to be "angered" which also implies a character flaw.
Propaganda: Beijing says the Diaoyu Islands and most of the South China Sea belong to China, disputing neighboring countries' claims.
Said another way: China and Japan both claim the Diaoyu Islands while disputing each other's claims.
Explanation: "Beijing says" implies a lie. It is said that Beijing disputes more than one neighboring country's claim, but Japan is the only other country making such a claim. When Washington claims the island of Guam, CNN reports it this way: Washington reminded Japan that Guam is US territory -- words like "says" or "dispute" and "neighboring countries claims" are left out.
Propaganda: The clash over territorial waters and islands -- and the natural resources that go with them -- is a flashpoint in the Asia-Pacific region.
Said another way: The Asia-Pacific region has long been exploited by Japan and western foreign powers hungry for resources. In the 30's and 40's Japan invaded China, Korea, and the Philippines attempting to seize badly needed resources. Resource-poor Tokyo continues to wrestle with neighbors to this day.
Explanation: Western and Japanese imperialism have been the real scourge of Asia-Pacific and all their claims on far flung islands have been written in the blood of the local people.
Propaganda: The Japanese coast guard freed the 14 crew members after completing an investigation, a coast guard official told CNN.
Said another way: It only took China one week to win the release of 14 crew members after reminding Japan about international law. The Japanese still refuse to release the Captain of the vessel they captured in waters claimed by Tokyo.
Propaganda: The 14 were to fly back to China on Monday morning, according to Chinese state media. No release date was given for the captain, whom Japanese authorities have accused of obstructing public officers while they performed duties.
Said another way: The 14 returned to China on Monday. The Japanese still hold the captain. Japanese public officers are accused of obstructing the Chinese vessel captain while he performed his duties and then imprisoning him without cause.
Explanation: Pay special attention to the catch phrase, "Chinese state media". That's a favorite attack against China's reputation. CNN is a world-class propaganda weapon far more insidious than any "state media" they point their finger at.
Propaganda: "China will never accept the Japanese side's applying domestic law to the Chinese fishing boat operating in that area," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu, according to the Xinhua news agency.
Said another way: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu spoke at a press conference to reiterate that Japan can not sieze law-abiding fishermen and apply it's own laws to territories outside of Japan.
Propaganda: Jiang also said in a written statement that Japan's investigation was illegal, invalid and conducted in vain, Xinhua reported.
Said another way: Xinhua reported that the Japanese now illegally operate the fishing vessel to re-create a Tokyo version of what occurred when Japanese state owned vessels caused a collision with the fishing boat. Jiang Yu remarked about this activity, "Japan's investigation was illegal, invalid and conducted in vain."
There are two sides to every story, but CNN only tells one of them.
Propaganda: CNN, the most trusted name in news.
Said another way: CNN, mouthpiece of western imperialism.