the China Daily Rag has many articles written without bylines, datelines, or location (a single name that cannot be trusted does not fill me with confidence, especially as there is no guarantee that this person actually wrote the piece, unlike a recognised columnist of long-standing reputation at a proper newspaper). The pieces that do appear are remarkably simple, devoid of analysis, and short of anything apart from the official line, the government-vetted or -created ‘facts’ that allow them to maintain the illusion of a free press while actually being little more than an organ of the state propaganda machine. They are sound-bites for the evil empire, dammit, and you’re welcoming them into your houses! What is WRONG with you craven fops?
The TT actually has editorials, comment, etc, that attack the government of the day, or the actions of particular individuals on both sides of the political spectrum, though they may be generally written from one direction: far more a bastion of press freedom than the Xinhua outlet that the China Daily unfortunately is. I am actually more than happy for papers to base most of their international stuff on the wires, because then they can then generate copy that covers a much wider area than if they only had their own one-eyes on the ground, like the CD probably has. Also, the material they comment on in that case is a lot less biased than if they did use only their own reporters. Of course, if you look at the local stuff, then they DO have their own reporters writing, and yes, the quality is not stunning, but then it’s only Taiwan news and not so important. At least it’s usually not pages of pointless fluff about hairstyles, chicken outlets, pig farms and shopping centres.
And any of you who think I idolise the TT would just be plain wrong. I barely read it, getting most of my information online and from more direct sources anyway. I just raised this thread to see who welcomes the communist propaganda viewpoint onto this island, a place that is supposedly still at war with the PRC.
In MY day, we would have hunted these traitors down and skinned and salted them.