Thursday, May 29, 2008

Mirror world

Remember "don't be so CNN" was all the rage? That was not a long time ago.

CCTV, known as China Central TV in China, is under intense scrutiny recently in revelation with the earthquake coverage. Allegedly CCTV cut off camera in a news conference when questions are raised about corruption and punishment of shoddy buildings.

For British though, CCTV is commonly referring to the Close Circuit TV. maybe the British should lend China's CCTV that name, for free, to better reflect its operations.

But hold on, free press of the West shouldn't be too proud either. CNN's Yellin, in response to Scott McClellan's White House memoir, reveals that news executives actively pushed her not do hard-hitting pieces on the Bush administration.

The press corps was under enormous pressure from corporate executives, frankly, to make sure that this was a war presented in a way that was consistent with the patriotic fever in the nation and the president's high approval ratings. - Yellin

So whether in China or in the freer U.S., the intentions to control message, from power-that-be, are the same. The U.S. being a more sophisticated society, makes it less obvious.

* The CCTV camera is in Trafalgar Square, London

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