The US Media - Let's Revolt|
Don't Believe Everything You Read
This is a short photo-essay that displays in real life the corruption that appears to have overtaken much of the Western media. News reports are often now so thoroughly mixed with agenda-based or ideological commentary that it is virtually impossible to know what is true or false, what really happened or what never occurred at all.|
Faked photos now appear to be the norm, with CNN apparently having a ten-mile head start. According to CNN, "the photo we published was 'editorially relevant' to the news item, and that's sufficient'. If we understand this philosophy correctly, a close-up of a farmer milking a cow would be 'editorially relevant' to a demonstration article on Germaine Jackson's Superbowl breast event.
We have here for you some photos, editorial content and circumstantial information relating to recent protests in China. It is important to note that none of these protests actually occurred, but then what good are news channels like the NYT or CNN if they have a quiet week? No problem; we'll just make some news. And we'll find some 'editorially relevant' photos to juice the stories.
Not only that, we'll get the American Press wires to distribute our news and photos, so as to reach as much of the 'civilised' world as possible.
Let's see how it goes.
This is a great story from online usa news, telling us how the Chinese are revolting because they want 'freedom of speech'.
We're told that "Around 50 policemen were guarding the Chinese office building. Protesters flew paper folded airplanes what were made from papers that contained Jasmine flower pictures on them.
These planes were flown to reach the inner part of building. According to reports of media, more than 100,000 citizens came to streets in Chinese cities."
They were asking Beijing to ensure the protection of workers’ rights. They also said that China’s economic reforms’ fruit should reach every person of the country."
It tells us further that ".. protesters demanded China should release the detainees who have been detained. They were carrying banners in their hands. They also put demands of workers in front of Beijing.|
Notice the bad English, so it's easy to believe these are quotes from someone in China who isn't fluent in the language.
And, of course, we have a live photo to juice up our story. Unfortunately, the photo was of an anti-Japanese demonstration in Beijing in April of 2005.
But hey, it's news.
This is an article that ran in the Norwegian newspaper and its online edition, vg.no, showing us how the Chinese people are rioting in the streets, demanding 'freedom' and 'human rights' and all that good stuff.
Even if you can't read Norwegian, you can understand the headline telling you of the 'revolution in China' - in Beijing, no less.
But, if you can see the green placards, and you can read Chinese, you'll recognise the words for "Taiwan", and the political party slogans on the banners, with text indicating this is a pro-DPP political party rally in Taiwan.
But it was borrowed by the Right-Wing Norwegian press for use as proof of the violent demonstrations in China.
Cute. Too bad it never happened.
The Irish are such good friends of the Chinese.
This is from an article in the Ireland Independent, on February 20, 2011, telling us people were shouting, "We want food, we want jobs, we want free weed."
All slogans that highlight 'common complaints' among 'ordinary Chinese'.
According to the American Press Service, the photo shows "Chinese authorities cracking down on activists amid a call for 'Jasmine Revolution' protests" (AP)
But unfortunately, this Reuters photo was taken at an anti-Japanese demonstration in Lanzhou city (Gansu province) on December 24, 2010.
They were protesting against the US and Japanese interference in China's offshore Diaoyu Islands.|
Many activists said they didn't know who was behind the campaign and weren't sure what to make of the call to protest, which was first posted on US-based, Chinese-language advocacy website Boxun.com.
But, unlike those 'many activists' - who, in all fairness, were non-existent - we do know what to make of it because all evidence indicates Boxun.com is financed indirectly by the CIA.
I'm told it was CNN that clipped this photo from an article in Taiwan's Liberty Times to show yet more proof that the Chinese are rioting in the streets, yelling 'we want food', we want jobs'...
Unfortunately for CNN, those who can read Chinese will see that the placards say things like “Seeking workers” and “Hiring people”.
The photo was of a job fair in Shenzhen more than a year prior.
But hey, Hillary Clinton's foreign policy wants us to bash China any time we can, and God wants us to help Americans feel good about themselves.
And anyway, the photo was 'editorially relevant' to the fake story we wanted to run. And it's not our fault we can't read Chinese.
And what are you? Some kind of commie troublemaker?
Revolution fails to materialise ......
This one is totally cool. Next Media Animation in Hong Kong produced this little animated cartoon video of who-knows-what, that was then presented by various Western media as an 'animated scene reconstruction' of an actual protest event in Beijing.
Where Chinese people were yelling, 'give us food', 'give us jobs'...
Right. Two Chinese TV reporters and a cameraman are interviewing am unarmed "dissident" kid while two policeman protectively hold submachine guns on him. Just in case.
NMA is essentially a web video producer in the US, as Americans watch its videos via YouTube.
It is perhaps best-known for its successes in planting secret video cameras to take photos of actresses naked while they change costumes in their dressing rooms.
This one is cool too or, more correctly, it should be cool, but it isn't.
The article is from a German newspaper that featured a story on China's internal turmoil.
It contains a purported photo of a demonstration in Beijing in front of the McDonald's at WangFuJing at the end of February, 2011.
Almost everybody (except apparently the NYT, CNN, and a few dumb Germans) know that Beijing is in Northern China and is normally colder than hell in January and February.
But here we have flowers, green grass, green trees, and policemen wearing short sleeves. In Beijing, in the middle of winter. Not bloody likely.
And no demonstrators. Where are all the protesters, the 'give us freedom' rioters, that these brave policemen are 'crackiing down' on? Maybe they all fled in fear.
Or, maybe not. The photo was actually taken in a parking lot next to a police station in Nanjing in 2005, where rookie policemen were undergoing training for civil disturbances. And while it's not too clear, you can see in the photo a tourist wearing a yellow hat taking pictures.|
Another great German news story, of more riots in China that never happened.
This is a good photo - of a Hong Kong policeman (Cantonese, not Mainland Chinese) wearing a Hong Kong uniform, in what looks like a lineup outside the visa consulate in Central HK.
And the only one who looks excited enough to start a riot is the policeman himself. Even his partner isn't concerned, and the one (calm) bystander seems to think the cop is some kind of idiot.
But then, the cop's posing for the camera on the left.
And this was presented to Germans (and heaven only knows who else) as the Chinese rioting in the streets, yelling "Give us food! Give us jobs! Give us Spiderman and Barbie Dolls."
Gotta hand it to the foreign reporters. They know how to make a story.