Without going into details, the situation at the Central News Agency, albeit different that the justice minister’s giving himself enough rope to hang himself, shows how far away from reality “leaders” can be.
- CNA reporter in Paris mistranslates passage from French to read “secretary-general” was given a kickback. (James Soong was secretary-general at the time.)
- News chief at CNA passes it along. (This is the same individual who released an embargoed story of the “defeat” of a candidate before polling was closed.)
- Someone alerts KMT and PFP that the French actually said “secretariat general” or the secretary of the ruling party (the KMT, not Soong).
Now the fun starts:
PFP says that CNA filed the story out of political considerations to defame Soong. Next they say that the GIO was in on the deal. PFP legislators ask for the head of the CNA chairman and the GIO chief.
Even suggesting that the heads of these organizations have the foggiest notion what goes on the wire from CNA is laughable. CNA is an ossified, iron-rice bowl company with an army of “placeholders” – people who have been with the company for 20 years and have worked their way into positions of “professional newspaper reader/tea-drinker.”
An organized cabal of mischievous government functionaries plotting to smear James Soong’s “good” name using a prehistoric media outlet that they know absolutely nothing about? Oh yeah. That’s probably what happened.
The justice minister thinks he’s a peacock. Legislators think they are Sam Spades. Government functionaries think they are losing time better spent on the golf course.
And the wonderful thing is that ultimately, none are accountable – they will be in different but similar positions after the next round of musical political chairs.