Things that make you go hmmm…Could be the one small error in the whole ceremony?
Well, it would be nice if it wasn’t just a coincidence. That, it was quickly given to the small boy to serve as a reminder to everyone. How “convenient” that the Chinese media had to cut that part out.
Made in China? … or maybe Vietnam? by a Taiwan controlled company?
I thought the Epoc Times had photoshopped it, since I don’t really trust them.
But it turns out that
Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice. Xinhua’s own site! Haaa!
One of the most well-known state controlled news media in the world had a breech. Hope more of those Chinese bloggers talk more about that upside down flag.
By now his parents have disowned him claiming he’s just bad freakin’ luck.
Oops, one more editor loses his job and is escorted to a work camp …
All involved are upside-down now, new olympic sport, “toe hanging”
[quote=“goingstrong”] Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice. Xinhua’s own site! Haaa!
One of the most well-known state controlled news media in the world had a breech. Hope more of those Chinese bloggers talk more about that upside down flag.[/quote]
Actually, IIRC Xinhua gave sympathetic coverage to the Tiananmen protests, only to be brought back under tight control later. So it’s conceivable they may break away of party control at some point.
^ I see. Heh… If Xinhua ever does get completely loose from control, that will truly be a sign that CCP’s power is slipping. Detaining staff members will turn a lot of heads and question more of the authority. >_> Pipe dream but who knows…
Actually, I think that one party states require constant intimidation and purges to keep their media under control. It’s not like in a two party state where group think takes care of it automagically inside the media company without any pressure from outside.
In a two party system, journalists are free to switch sides, and that makes the ones that stay more ideologically committed. In a one party system, they mostly want to avoid getting fired or worse for printing inconvenient truths about people they’re scared of. So the odd thing is that in a two party system, you don’t need any controls on journalists. They’ll naturally spin things to benefit the party they support.
Even better, there’s a natural polarising effect - if a media company starts to become biased in favour of one party, outside journalists that support that party will join it and those inside that oppose it will leave. Same with the readers. So you end up with a bunch of people who support Party X writing for a paper and people that vote for Party X buying it. Once that happens, there’s no point reporting anything that is not in Party X’s interest.
This explains Fox news or Michael Moore (and most UK media) - all of them are preaching entirely to the converted. And the converted don’t want to payto read anything that doesn’t fit their prejudices.
But one party states can’t do this - it turns into a running battle between the party in power and journalists employed by the state trying to push the boundaries on how much freedom they have to report government foul ups. Unless the government keeps up the repression they will lose control.
I thought upside down flags were an international symbol of needing help. Seeing as the kid was from a disaster, that is what it represented.
Sound’s pretty clear to me.