A really small story in today’s papers gets a different kind of treatment in the English media here. One paper reports, WITHOUT mentioning the IMPORTANT fact that the cop is married to a US woman who likes to display an American flag in their house’s window:
“A Taiwan police captain has been robbed 14 times in the past year despite his efforts to scare away the petty thieves, police said yesterday. “I’ve tried every means, hanging my police cap on the front door, parking the police motorbike at the garage and even putting up a poster saying this is the house of a police officer,” said Captain Yu Ting-ping, serving in the eastern county of Hualien. “But they just ignored that and went ahead to steal all the valuables they could take away,” said the embarrassed officer. He said one time his wife heard a strange sound at midnight and came down from her second-floor bedroom to discover a burglar staring at her. The thief cut his wife in the elbow before making off with the valuables. Another time, the officer and his wife dozed off while watching TV in the living room, only to discover their wallets and other valuables were gone when they woke up, the captain said.”
Guess which paper that was? Now the Post and the News both also ran the same story…but told readers that the cop was is married to a US gal in Hualien, and that they always fly the US flag in their window, perhaps attracting local bandlits…
I guess the question is: why did the Times with-hold that IMPORTANT information that the cop is maried to a foreigner and that she likes to fly the US flag on the outside of their house? Just sloppy copy boys/girls or was this omission intentional?
Hard to understand. Merry Cmas, everyone! [Note:why write Xmas, when Cmas is much more accurate? Hangover this morning, ugh!] [By the way, why is HANGOVER called a hang over? My head hanging over over the sink every ten minutes? Maybe?]
The other weird thing about today in medialand is that the Times and the Post both posted MERRY CHRISTMAS images and texts on their front pages BUT the Taiwan News mentioned not a word on page 1. Is the NEWS anti-Christian?
Well, nobody reads the News, so it hardly matters.