Beijing winning the Olympics may only happen once during our lives and the newspapers in Taiwan, in their typical herd-like pattern, put the story on the front page. Not so The Taiwan News. Bucking the trend, they put it on page three, saving the coveted first page for a lengthy report on… head transplants (unlikely to happen before 2008, at least).
For ages, readers who wanted to experience a full warping of reality had to turn to the KMT and its associated media. Now, the DPP and its cronies - such as The Taiwan News - are out to prove that they are capable of being completely out of step with the real world. “Beijing getting the Olympics or the future of head transplants?” Can’t you just imagine the editorial room debate?
The Taiwan News has lost it. The DPP appears to be losing it (running that recent Hitler ad was in extremely poor taste). Incredibly, these guys will likely push people back into the KMT camp.
PS. The pathetic thing is that if Paris or Toronto or anyone else had won the Olympics, it likely would have made the front page.
PPS. There was a struggle over who in our office got to keep The Taiwan News “head transplant” edition. It was so out there that everyone wanted it as a souvenir.
PPPS. A lot of people thought that maybe a few disgruntled employees had put the story on the front page as a joke. Not so. I met one of the editors and was told that “head transplants are a serious story.”