This is an exercise for the public to learn how to distinguish between honest journalism and agenda based writing. To the right is an embedded screenshot of an article on The New York Review of books (20 May, 2014) title ‘Tiananmen: How Wrong We Were’ by Jonathan Mirsky.
There are a number of common sense flaws (lack of logic) in the following report that allow people to tell that the author was making up the story. Can you detect those flaws. I left a short comment to point out one of the most prominent flaws, and was deleted minutes later. Before you check for the answer at the bottom of this article, please read the content in this embedded screenshot from the article, and try to identify the flaws yourself to see how good a detective you are.
Write your answers on a piece of paper and compare with the answer below:
Flaws 1: The following is an embedded screenshot of my comment deleted within minutes by the New York Review of Books:
Flaws 2: This statement “knocked out five of my teeth, and fractured my left arm. Their officer was shooting people they had beaten to the ground and would have shot me if the Financial Times’s Robert Thompson had not bravely walked over and led me away,” places the author and the Financial Times’s Robert Thompson as firsthand witnesses of killing right in front of them. However, not only the article fails to produce a single image of a death person, or at least a photo evidence of the author own 5 broken teeth, the photo that displays on the article is an image of unarmed soldiers peacefully facing protesters.
Flaws 3: From the article, we learn that the author “managed to fly back to London later that day (4 June, 1989), however, the author continues to describe with detail the shooting and killing over the next “several days” in his absence.
Welcome to the real world. This is very typical of the mainstream western media. Read this recent article as well to learn about how the BBC journalist describes a massacre and an indiscriminate shooting of “unarmed” and “peaceful” protesters right in front of her without the needs to show her viewers a single clip of a death person.
By Wei Ling Chua
Author of this 270 page Amazon book: Tiananmen Square “Massacre”? The Power of words vs. Silent Evidence
Accredited International News Syndicate and Australia News and Feature Services freelance journalist.
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