How BBC Manufactured The Perception Of A “Massacre” Without Having To Show Their Viewers A Single Shot Of A Dead Person

BBC 2014 search TiananmenDespite the 2011 WikiLeaks leaked US government cable and the 2009 confession made by BBC journalist James Miles that he had “conveyed the wrong impression” and that there was no one killed in Tiananmen Square in 1989. A simply search on BBC website using the term ‘Tiananmen Massacre’ will revealed that the BBC has continued to use the term ‘Tiananmen Square Massacre’ in all kind of occasions to demonize the Chinese government. Please examines the details in the embedded screenshot from the BBC website.

The BBC is notorious in news manipulation. Wikipedia has two special page documenting BBC controversies and Criticism of the BBC. There are people who simply called BBC the British Bullshit Corporation. There are good reasons for all these allegations against the BBC. The 25th anniversary of the 1989 Tianamen Square incident is around the corner, let’s examine how the BBC could manufacture the perception of a massacre in 1989 by simply using the power of language, and the images of tanks, soldiers, burning vehicles, and the sound of explosions without even the need to show their viewers a single clip of a dead person.

Please begins by viewing this 3.34 minutes BBC report in 1989 about the so-called “Massacre”: (YouTube title: News – June 4, 1989, Tiananmen Square Massacre ) before reading further.

Now, ask yourself if you are convinced by the images and narration that a “Massacre” took place at Tiananmen Square in 1989?

Now, read the following analysis abstracts directly from page 76 to 79 of a 270 pages new book titled ‘Tiananmen Square “Massacre”? The Power of Words vs. Silent Evidence’:

Given the above background knowledge of the Tiananmen event in 1989, let us revisit how the BBC broadcasted the so-called “massacre” that night. It would be a lot easier for us to understand how the mainstream media could use selective images of tanks, soldiers, burning vehicles, injured people and the sound effects of explosions and gunfire to demonise the Chinese government with their opinionated commentary about a massacre without having to even produce a single image of a dead person.

The opinionated commentary made by BBC alone was sufficient to adversely affect their viewer’s perception of an event. This is an interesting exercise as it helps to prove that the vast majority of people do not use their brain to analyse, and simply accept what is being told; and that emotion can easily be stirred up by a few simple opinionated and emotional statements from the media.

One could simply search the net or YouTube with this title to view how BBC manufactured the scenario of a massacre in 1989 through the power of words: ‘BBC News – June 4, 1989, Tiananmen Square Massacre’, or type in the following web address:

[Note: the web address may be changed or removed in the passage of time, so searching the net using the title is still the best way to retrieve information.]

The following is the full transcript of the BBC video:

The noise of gunfire rose from all over the centre of Peking. It was unremitting. On the streets leading down to the main road to Tiananmen Square, furious people stared in disbelief at the glow in the sky, listening to the sound of shots. Heading down the road was hazardous business, but hundreds of people cheered as buses were set alight and army trucks caught fire too. They yelled and shouted; and then as troop lorries were seen moving down the road, there was gunfire from those lorries.

The troops have been firing indiscriminately, but still, there are thousands of people on the streets who will not move back.

The bicycle ricks haw scooped up the injured – others were shunted onto bikes and pedalled to hospital. Many were carried away by frantic local residents. There was confusion and despair among those that could hardly credit that their own army was firing wildly at them. Many were bystanders, perhaps naive about the savagery of the situation. Indeed, it was hard at times to grasp that this army was launching into an unarmed civilian population, as if charging into battle. From Tiananmen Square, the sound of gunfire sounded like a battle, but it was one-sided. A line of soldiers were strung out, facing a huge crowd. The air was filled with shouts of, “fascists, stop killing.” We were in the line facing the troops. They we’re about 250 yards away. Young people were singing the Internationale to a background of gunfire.

After hours of shooting and facing a line of troops, the crowd is still here. They’re shouting, “stop the killing,” and, “down with the government.”

A huge volley of shots just as I left the front line caused panic. The young man in front of me fell dead. I fell over him. Two others were killed yards away. Two more people lay wounded on the ground near me. Ambulances screamed up to the troop line, and we’re turned away – they couldn’t get to the Square. Two ambulance drivers were shot and injured. Earlier, we’d been driving at the back of the Forbidden City – the old part of Peking near the Square. We’d picked up a woman with a bullet in her head, and took her to the nearby children’s hospital, into a scene of mayhem. Casualties were arriving every few seconds on bikes, ricks haws, park benches, carried in – all with gunshot wounds. Housewives, elderly residents – people shot while sitting in their homes. The operating theatre was overflowing; many of the staff in tears. In 20 minutes, 40 seriously injured were brought for emergency surgery. Two were already dead. In the streets, many came up to us, shaking with anger and disbelief and fear. Many were terrified, saying that there would be retribution. There was not one voice on the streets which did not express despair and rage. “Tell the world,” they said to us.

One should note these from the above BBC narration:

The BBC described at the beginning of the video “buses were set alight and army trucks caught fire too”, without telling us the mobs were armed with petrol bombs, and that the soldiers were being attacked.

The BBC then claimed that “The troops have been firing indiscriminately, but still, there are thousands of people on the streets who will not move back.” A minute later, the BBC video claimed that, “After hours of shooting and facing a line of troops, the crowd is still here. They’re shouting, ‘stop the killing,’ and, ‘down with the government.”’ The question we should ask is: “Is this a possible scenario if indeed a line of soldiers were firing indiscriminately into the crowd right in front of them for hours?” One should also note that there are no images of soldiers firing when the BBC described such a scene.

The BBC then described that the “army was launching into an unarmed civilian population, as if charging into battle. From Tiananmen Square, the sound of gunfire sounded like a battle, but it was one-sided.” One should note that this series of descriptions is to portray an unarmed civilian population brutalised by the soldiers without supporting video evidence of the soldiers’ violence. In addition, the description of an “unarmed civilian population” is in contradiction to the images at the beginning of the video when the BBC reported that, “buses were set alight and army trucks caught fire too.”

The BBC then again extensively described the soldiers’ killing of unarmed civilians without producing any footage of a dead person. For example, this is how the BBC journalist described the number of people killed in front of her: “A huge volley of shots just as I left the front line caused panic. The young man in front of me fell dead. I fell over him. Two others were killed yards away. Two more people lay wounded on the ground near me. Ambulances screamed up to the troop line, and we’re turned away – they couldn’t get to the Square. Two ambulance drivers were shot and injured.” One should note that this is a first person account, and that all those deaths apparently took place right next to the BBC journalist; and yet, we cannot find any images in this BBC video that support such a description.

It is also worth noting that when BBC said, “We picked up a woman with a bullet in her head, and took her to a nearby children hospital into a scene of near mayhem, casualties were arriving every few seconds,” the video footage is showing a woman with blood on her head walking on her own foot with three companions. There is totally no video evidence to support the claim that “casualties were arriving every few seconds.”

Once people learn to verify video images with the narration of the Western journalists, people will come to realise how disgusting the imperialist propaganda machine is, given that they would manufacture news to instigate hatred against their targeted governments across the world to justify a regime change.

Now, view the video again: Enjoys your experience with the power of language vs. Silent Evidence. The soft power of the mainstream Western media!

Written on 28 May, 2014

Wei Ling Chua

Author of a series of book relating to the issue of media disinformation and how it is affecting the world and humanity

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29 Comments on "How BBC Manufactured The Perception Of A “Massacre” Without Having To Show Their Viewers A Single Shot Of A Dead Person"

  1. Anarchy Pony | May 28, 2014 at 11:26 pm |

    Buzz, you’re our resident go to on matters Chinese, what do you know? Wikipedia has it that official Chinese sources place the deaths at roughly 200 civilians and a dozen or so soldiers.

    • BuzzCoastin | May 29, 2014 at 2:52 am |

      the prc gov does itself a disservice by stifling public discussion
      about Tiananmen Square
      the real back story is more interesting

      • Jin The Ninja | May 30, 2014 at 12:21 pm |

        i’ve always accepted the version- that opposed to a ‘pro-democracy’ movement (whatever that means)- it was actually a student protest against the neo-liberal, pro-market reforms instituted very soon afterwards. and a lot of the reported-on narrative was propaganda (from both sides) was generated to control said narrative.

        • BuzzCoastin | May 30, 2014 at 5:03 pm |

          the western version of Tiananmen
          dominates western imaginings about China
          I accepted it uncritically
          so imagine my surprise to discover the eye witness versions
          at first I thought it was a kinda cover-up
          but then I read the backstory in How China’s Leaders Think
          and I lived among the people
          so I realized that I hadbeen scammed

          PS: recently met a Chinese immigrant
          19, came with his Ma to Hawaii 5 years ago
          I asked him if he missed
          the high degree of personal freedom he had in China
          “It’s a jail here, but they mean well.” was his reply

  2. misinformation | May 29, 2014 at 12:29 am |

    I’m all for pointing out the ‘disgusting imperialist propaganda machine’ which, for god’s sakes, should definitely be old news at this point but please don’t attempt to set up a false dichotomy between propagandists on different sides of the globe.

  3. BuzzCoastin | May 29, 2014 at 2:48 am |

    my wife was there when the tanks rolled in
    I asked her how many people died
    she said, “I don’t know of any deaths, but I lost my bkke to a tank.”

  4. BuzzCoastin | May 29, 2014 at 3:02 am |

    the Brits have long had it in for China
    forced opium on them in exchange for silk & tea
    stole Hong Kong
    led a rapacious pillage of Beijing during the opium wars
    still haven’t apologized or returned the stuff they stole

    most bbc stories about China that I experienced first hand
    seemed liked biased distortions of the facts

    • Rhoid Rager | May 29, 2014 at 4:13 am |

      The British Museum is the largest stockpile of stolen loot in the world.

      • John Dennis Roberts | Jun 14, 2014 at 8:45 am |

        That’s probably why it’s the best.

      • All the Culture in the world
        Couldn’t fill the black void that was their lives

        But that didn’t stop them from trying…

  5. Ni Hao! All blessing to Glorious People’s Republic’s discrete representatives…who are not here in any capacity, and are not affiliated with this article in any way!! And if they were, you wouldn’t know! Cuz you have government that lies. Like…the only one! All other governments better than you…but China Number One best of all!! They never manipulate…or use internet to disperse propaganda…in unsubtle ways that make Western people facepalm and laugh at their clumsiness and hamfisted amateurism. Never!

    • BuzzCoastin | May 29, 2014 at 1:07 pm |

      ever talk with people who were there when it happened?
      I have
      and it’s a diferent story from the one you believe to be true

      • Nope. I accepted the Chinese govt statistics at face value…which seem to differ from the stats being offered by the disinfo agent provocateur here. Its all good to razz Murica…shit…I do it it too, all the time…but that doesn’t mean theres only one country in the world comprised of lying d*ckbags…or that liars only speak english…imagining these as probable or even plausible is naive in the extreme.

        • BuzzCoastin | May 29, 2014 at 10:59 pm |

          I have accepted the testimony of eye witnesses
          whom I personally spoke with
          I have to admit that I was shocked
          by their version of the story
          I read an account written by an American
          who had interviewed PRC government officials
          and people who were there
          it too was different from the standard western version
          the book is banned in China

          • could be. what is the book?

          • BuzzCoastin | May 30, 2014 at 10:56 pm |

            How China’s Leaders Think, The Inside Story of China’s Past, Current and Future Leaders Paperback
            by Robert Lawrence Kuhn

            he gives the backstory on the decision to send troops
            he also details the push back
            the first time the army tried to enter Beijing

            my conversation with participates
            shocked me
            since their versions differed from the western media’s
            something I bought hook, line & sinker

        • Jin The Ninja | May 30, 2014 at 12:31 pm |

          if we look at the cited examples of the BBC (and totally disregard the article- which should be questioned at face value)- it is a clear and obvious example of orientalist, imperialist, pro-west propaganda from a western-state sponsored broadcaster. the british have always had a hard time letting the yellows go. just watch antique roadshow uk. i always am shocked to discover how such a blatant display of fucked up nationalist ultra militarist hyper-nostalgia for the days of downton abbey/upstairs-downstairs entrenched lords and peasants, the east as mystical-magical-exotic- victorian orientalist bullshit gets wrapped in a pretty BBC bow and sent to the appraisers as it were. what i’m saying frankly is- the content of the article doesn’t matter, the narrative of tiananmen has been so twisted by every source it is barely recognisable for what it was.

  6. VaudeVillain | May 29, 2014 at 10:31 am |
    • BuzzCoastin | May 29, 2014 at 1:11 pm |

      that picture is very interesting
      what’s the source?
      the clothing & the dude with the long hair are not typical for that time
      in Beijing

      • VaudeVillain | May 30, 2014 at 5:45 pm |

        I typed “Tienanmen Square Massacre” into google and clicked on images. I really did spend 5 minutes on that whole comment.

        That said, I linked them from a couple of blogs. They might have more information about where they came from.

        • You do realize google can manipulate their search algorithms to show you whatever they want, right? Google is a very big censorship/disinformation tool for TPTB.

          • VaudeVillain | Jun 1, 2014 at 1:22 am |


            So are those not photos of corpses? Were they not taken where they claim to have been taken? If they are what they appear to be, which I have not yet heard any particularly compelling evidence to that effect, then it doesn’t really matter what anyone did or did not do to any number of algorithms *in this case*.

            I’m not going to bother defending Google any more vigorously than I bothered to defend the BBC… but it’s just not good enough to say that either sometimes manipulates information, and therefore they have manipulated all information, thus this specific information is wholly false. That’s a logical non-sequitur, and is itself highly manipulative of information.

          • I didnt day they manipulated this you assumed that and went on a rant from there. I was just implying using googles photo search option is hardly a viable source proof justifying anything did or didnt happen just because it indexed some websites that claim it happened. I wasnt there nor have read much into the chinese witnesses stories (not chinese government story) so I have no interest in arguing if it did or didnt happen the way BBC said it did.

          • VaudeVillain | Jun 1, 2014 at 9:15 am |

            Ah, so you just raised an “unrelated” question that implied a retort, but declined to actually offer one.

            You’re helping!

          • igot6strings | Nov 3, 2014 at 7:25 am |

            Its not the first time something like this has happened.
            The Holodomor in Ukraine for example. Many picture were not even from Ukraine, they were from Romania and other parts of Europe. The lie that the USSR starved millions of Ukrainians is still believed today. The majority were actually killed by the Nazis, the OUN/UPA. Famine was a cause of well but to pin that solely on the Soviets would be false. Sure the Soviets killed thousands but they were by no means the demons we make of them today when we say millions. It was Nazi propaganda used against the USSR during WW2, and kept up by the US during the cold war. A convenient lie. It also helped that many of the Nazis who founded the original like were now living safe and sound in the US.


          • VaudeVillain | Nov 4, 2014 at 1:38 am |

            It wouldn’t surprise me if those and other figures were massaged a bit. It also wouldn’t surprise if quite a few of those killed by “Nazis” were actually killed by Allied forces or operatives who pinned the deaths on their adversaries as… well, a convenient lie.

            What would surprise me is if the Soviets didn’t actually kill shitloads of their own… given the number of accounts from Soviet citizens of them doing precisely that, the official Soviet records that suggest they did, and the overall shittiness of everyone involved on all sides.

  7. BuzzCoastin | May 29, 2014 at 1:20 pm |

    no one in China ever mentioned Kent State to me
    nor have I seen Kent State discussed incessently in the whirled press
    nor has anyone been punished for the murders of students by the troops
    and Kent State wasn’t the only place students were killed by us soldiers

    maybe Duh Homeland should clean up its own act
    before trying to reform others
    or at the very least, be a little less hypocritical

  8. thisbliss | May 29, 2014 at 2:23 pm |

    This is a good reference to highlight propogandhi on this side of the world as some don’t believe it could happen in their own country. Im blue in the face explaining to family about corruption and manipulation in our system – why do people have this unwavering faith in the systems that rule them – its almost like they place it on the same level with their religion(which I can totally accept) but other humans who are no smarter than us? Come on…really?

  9. I fail to understand, why so many people today, still give creditability to the MSM when they have demonstrated so clearly that they are nothing but major propaganda mouth pieces for their various Governments. The more Western the country is, the worse their propaganda. I’m not saying China’s Govt is squeaky clean, but from where I sit, they are a damn sight cleaner then their Western counterparts, the same goes for the Russian media and even the Iranians and the Venezuelan, who are all under attack these days by the Western Governments.
    It is clear to me, these same Western Governments are pissing in their pants with the knowledge that without China, they’ll all go down the gurgler, yet the paradox is, China is a powerhouse and who without, Wall street stands to loose untold sums, yet as that powerhouse cannot fail to build itself up greater and stronger then the claimed World’s greatest power, the U.S. is going broke and falling apart due to it’s war mongering and endless spending spree on military adventures, not to mention it’s financial support of that biggest terrorist state Israel, which sucks on the U.S. financial tit worse then a Vampire.
    I’d say certain folks in the U.S. U.K. and European countries are loosing quite a bit of sleep lately with the growth and build up of China and Russia.

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