Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The View from Taiwan: Bias and the International Media

Michael Turton has a great rhetorical analysis/critique of a USA Today article about Taiwan/China/US relations, reflecting on the biased manner in which these relations are portrayed in the U.S. media.

I'm not sure that it's possible to write about Taiwan (or anything else, perhaps) without some sort of bias, but I agree with Michael that the international press tends not to write articles that are fair to Taiwan. And, of course, I feel strongly that being fair to Taiwan is pretty important. China, for some reason, gets cut a lot of slack in the press. As Michael demonstrates, articles often end up blaming the victim for the PRC's actions and statements. Guess they don't want to "hurt the feelings of the Chinese people"...

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