A reporter for the New York Times, based in China, came to Taiwan to write a story about the 319 shooting more than a year ago, and in his first article, online and in print, he compared the shooting incident and the subsequent 319 investigations to something “found in a dime store novel.”
However, the reporter later rewrote that remark online on the NY Times website, changing SPINNING to PRESENTING…
However, the China Post newspaper has since hopped on the phrase three times, since then, to keep repeating that same “dime store novel” quote in order to criticize the 319 incident as a staged shooting.
Now…Mayor Ma, in a public speech last Sunday during the KMT anti-DPP demo in Taipei, uses the same quote: “The March 19 shooting has put shame onto our democracy,” Ma said. “The New York Times said it is material for writing a cheap crime novel.” (China Post quote front page)
So even Ma’s speech writers continue to parrot the statement, and attribute it to the great and august New York Times, to buttress the KMT argument that the shooting was staged etc.
This is a good example of a suspect quote that won’t die. Now even Ma is using it.
“Taiwan Police Say Who Shot President, but Suspect Is Dead.” was the NY Times headline back then.
The article started off like this: “Spinning the sort of story once found in dime store novels, the police said in Taipei that a middle-aged man had carried out the shooting on March 19 …”
SPINNING as later changed to PRESENTING, big difference!