Gregory Clark, Australian diplomat and a longtime resident of Japan, published the article, “Western Media Play along in the Disinformation Game,” in Japan Times on 25 June 2010. Clark asks the fundamental question about Western journalism, “Are they being manipulated by governments? Or are they just plain lazy, happy to go along with what everyone else is saying and what readers want to believe without wanting to look too closely into relevant background?” He gave a few examples what Western media has been distorted news in the world.
1. The distortion news is Tian’anmen massacre in 1989, the 21st anniversary of the Tian’anmen Incident. Because Western and Taiwanese intelligence agencies planted the theme of massacre in order to blacklist China for arms sales from the West including European nations and the US.
2. The torpedo attack on a South Korean warship in March is another problem. The Western media made little or no mention of the fact that the incident was in disputed waters between the two Koreas, the arbitrary line drawn by the US under the 1953 Korean War armistice. Furthermore, Sweden, the only neutral member in an international investigating group, withdrew from the final report. The Western media have reported little of these facts.
3. The Western media distorted the fact that both Japan and China claimed an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) overlapping each other in the East China Sea. When the Chinese navy activity in the East China Sea in March-April, the media condemned the Chinese military activities only.
4. When Japan claimed a 4000,000 sq. km EEZ in Okinotorishima, the western Pacific coral reef, the Western media distorted the Chinese view of Okinotorishma. Beijing does not dispute Japan’s ownership of the Okinotorishima reef. Yet, China cannot be silent when Japan violated international law, which states that rocks unable to sustain economic activity cannot have an EEZ.
5. Many media in Japan have accused the Hatoyama administration of ignoring the Chinese and North Korean threat as Hatoyama was trying to relocate the U.S. Marine base to Henoko, Okinawa. The Cold War mentality by the Western media has successfully brought back the relocation of American base proposed by the LDP previously.
6. In the case South Ossetia, the American media reported that Russia attacked Georgia, almost the exact opposite of what occurred. Similarly, with respect to the 1962 Sino-India war, the Western media distorted the fact the Indian army attacked China first, not vice versa. It is time for the Western media to clean up their dirty laundry; the media received CIA funds to assist journalists in winning the journalist awards.
Friday, December 31, 2010
Is the Western Media Right?-III
Labels: Western Media
After growing up and studying in China and Japan, Dr. Suganuma went to the U.S. for graduate studies, earning master’s degrees at both St. John's University (in Chinese studies) and Syracuse University (in international relations) as well as a Ph.D. (in geography) from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.