Mainstream Western Media Stages "Blemishing China Marathon"
If you Google "China" or "Olympics" on any given day in recent months, except for the few weeks China was affected by lethal earthquakes, you'll be overwhelmed by the shower of unfavourable protection from the mainstream Western media against China and its internet hosting of 2008 Beijing Olympics.
For months leading as much as the Beijing Games, China has been put under the Western microscope with accusations and complaints against the nation and its authorities sweeping across all terrains, from big political issues reminiscent of Tibet, human rights, protest rights, press and non secular freedom; to social problems including air air pollution, authorities relocation of Beijing residents; to conspiracy tales about special visual effects of the opening ceremony and extremely performance of Chinese athletes; and to more trivial displeasures about dropping a pair of expensive sunglasses, difficulties to entry Olympic Inexperienced, English customary of volunteers, and over-eagerness of residents to help the foreigner guests. The list goes on and on.

As if that's not sufficient, an NBC correspondent went on a reside TV hunt for Chinese language foods in Beijing. Let's take a look at what she found: giant scorpions, lizards, silk worms, seahorses, iguana tails and dung beetles. Different Western reportors additionally cited rabbit head, pig mind and animal penis. Being a native of Beijing with 20 plus years of living there and a food lover myself, I've little information where to search for these exotic issues, not to mention ever eating them. Come on, China has a civilization of 5,000 years - Western reporters can't be critically fascinated with portraying the Chinese language as barbaric aboriginals or man-eating cannibals, proper?
The truth is, Dave Barry of Miami Herald admitted to a weblog "beijingboyce.com" that "The Chinese language people I noticed all seemed to be buying issues like lamb kebabs and fruit. However, the people gathered around the centipedes and scorpions on a stick were, in almost each case, tourists or American TELEVISION reporters doing enjoyable features on bizarre Chinese language food…. The Chinese language do not eat scorpions. They feed their scorpions to TELEVISION reporters. I might not be stunned to learn that the Chinese language phrase for scorpion is "TELEVISION reporter meals."

Granted, China is not utterly harmless from most of the aforementioned allegations and criticisms, however it's neither an evil host which deserves no credit in any respect. As the world's fastest rising financial system and one of many world's most historical civilizations, there has acquired to be something optimistic to report on.
You might be simply frustrated, nonetheless, if you are looking to read one thing extra constructive or, in any case, constructive about the country and its hospitable people. Sure, there is at all times the official Xinhua News or China Every day one can learn for a change, but any reward from self-proclaimed impartial and goal mainstream Western media is surprisingly hard to come back by.

Meanwhile, for common Westerners, it is exhausting to not be misled by the drowning destructive coverage on China. A homemaker in the US advised reporters that she does not need to "legitimize the Chinese language government" by supporting the Beijing Olympics." Didn't President Bush simply open an even bigger US Embassy there? What are we speaking about right here exactly? I'm as puzzled as an Atlanta man who demanded an online reply for not seeing Russian tanks there.
As a lot as I disagree with President George W. Bush on many issues, I've to applaud his latest TELEVISION interview in Beijing with NBC by which he harassed that the US and China as two very different nations and cultures are certain to have agreements and disagreements on a spread of issues, but you will need to have a constructive relationship which can help each other communicate disagreements.

Wow, how I want that he had possessed this wisdom before beginning the Iraq war - lives of estimated 1.2 million Iraqis and 5,000 US soldiers could have been saved.
Should the 2008 Olympics be awarded to Beijing in the first place?

Though the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Video games is arising in a matter of few days, the arguments surrounding if IOC had made a mistake in letting China host the 2008 Olympics and if China had fulfilled its related guarantees seem to have simply began.
Why pick a heavily-polluted nation that is dictated by "free market Stalinists" which suppresses human rights, religion and press? China broke its guarantees to IOC for all of those areas, costs the mainstream Western media.

Nevertheless, according to the IOC, its mission is "to construct a peaceful and better world in the Olympic Spirit which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and truthful play - Olympic Spirit strives to encourage and inspire the youth of the world to be the very best they can be via instructional and entertaining interactive challenges. Olympic Spirit seeks to instill and develop the values and beliefs of Olympism in those that visit and to advertise tolerance and understanding in these increasingly troubled time in which we stay, to make our world a more peaceable place." More information you can find at http://runbuk.com/
Does China should be awarded the hosting right of Olympics? Apparently, the Chinese language individuals mentioned a loud "sure". The whole world witnessed how much grass-root assist China acquired from its folks when it utilized for and gained the internet hosting right of the occasion.

As a country with multiple fifth of the world's inhabitants - should it not be given an opportunity to host one of many many video games? With 1.3 billion people not represented, can any Olympic Video games actually promote its mission of "building a peaceful and higher world with mutual understanding"? That is why the IOC made its choice and it's undoubtedly an accurate one.
By comparison, I have serious doubts if the mainstream Western media actually understands and honors the spirit of Olympics - questioning China's legitimacy to host such a world event solely gives away its arrogance, self-righteousness, entitlement and cultural supremacy in worldwide affairs.

If the mainstream Western media continues to be the true believer of human rights and continues to uphold the universal belief that "all males are created equal", it should acknowledge the birthright of any country together with China, for internet hosting the Olympic Video games.
Whereas China needs improvements in many areas as every different country on this earth does, the changes and progresses made by the country up to now 30 years are unmatched in the its personal history, which can't be hidden from view by the mainstream Western media.

China shouldn't be compelled to make any concessions or guarantees to any interest teams in order to be "bestowed" the hosting right of Olympics, because of the downfall of colonialism and imperialism! The country's pursuit of reform in all domestic political and social-financial fronts, including however not restricted to human rights and freedoms of its individuals, can and should only be pushed by desires of its own individuals, relatively than being imposed on by exterior forces.
Along with disputing China's hosting rights, the mainstream Western media also has aired many conspiracies about China's intention for internet hosting the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Present of power? Self-interiority? Promoting China's improvement path to replace the US mannequin? Bla, bla, bla….

We all are people and predictably all of us need related issues in life at the finish of the day. Splendid shows, inflated egos or decorated ideologies can't change folks's basic needs for meals, clothes, shelter and healthcare.
For a whole bunch of years, the Chinese folks have craved for a peaceful environment where they can focus on making a greater living for themselves rather than laboring for self-serving emperors or grasping foreign opium traders. They have been fairly successful in the past three many years and now they merely wanted to get together and rejoice with the world by Beijing Olympics. Is that so hard to grasp?

Why is the mainstream Western media so indignant with China?
In his latest article "Are the Media Being too Mean to China?" printed on slate.com, Prof. Tim Wu of Columbia University wrote that "China's concept of what makes for a greater Olympics for overseas consumption-tightened safety and cleaning up marginal parts-is strictly what makes Western reporters crazy."

While Prof. Wu's statement solely touched on one of many surface signs that irritated the mainstream Western media, it does shed some mild on the present rigidity. What he described is in fact a cultural distinction in how the Chinese language and the Western people obtain and entertain their guests. However the root of problem is the ethnocentric mindset of the Western reporters to the cultural variations and their entitlement that issues should only be achieved in their methods.
Similar examples are plentiful, whether it is about alternative ways below which Chinese language and Western athletes are skilled or about how they differ in protecting their personal look or etiquettes. I am significantly disenchanted with Prof. Wu's comments that "China would not have the manners and charm of the richer countries, even when it has rising financial and political clout."

Whereas making noises during consuming is a taboo in lots of Western cultures, being openly confrontational in social interactions is a sin in lots of Asian cultures. These are simply cultural variations that should not be judged as superior or inferior, or we risk coming into the boundaries of cultural supremacy.
Unfortunately, it is this smug mindset that has led the mainstream Western media to evaluate China by its own culturally biased requirements and self-centered expectations. It isn't a shock they drew the conclusion that China broke its guarantees for internet hosting Olympics, an allegation China has denied.

What followed was an irrational unleash of anger by the mainstream Western media in the direction of China in an try and power the nation into the path the Western media desired to see. The collective media assault on China, nevertheless, is extra based mostly on self-pursuits and ethnocentrism, reasonably than equity, objectivity and independence which the mainstream Western media often preach.
Let he who is with out sin solid the primary stone!

A current difficulty of Newsweek carried an article, "Rise of the Sea Turtles", that found "Westernized Chinese language individuals" are typically extra resentful to the West. Though I wasn't particularly impressed with its analysis of the foundation causes, the article does provide us with a good pointer to an rising trend.
I can in all probability qualify as one of many "Westernized Chinese language individuals" the article was referring to, though I favor to establish myself as a Chinese language American after changing into a naturalized US citizen for many years.

I believe it's unfair and simplistic to conclude that the "Westernized Chinese language people" are extra resentful to the West, because the situation is way more complicated than portrayed. The resentments, in fact, aren't the towards the West in its entirety however extra focused at the double normal and intolerant attitudes often adopted by the mainstream Western media and Western governments in the direction of China and different non-Western international locations. "Westernized Chinese folks" tend to be elites who're educated in the West and their superior training and mind make them independent thinkers. They are sensitive towards the hypocrisies of the mainstream Western media which scrutinizes China with one set standards whereas closing its eyes to the same problems at home.
Nobody particular person or one nation is perfect and the Bible tells us that everybody is a sinner. If we (Americans) can allow ourselves make errors and accept skeletons in our personal closets, why should we dissect different nations below our tinted lenses and punish them for not satisfying the standards that even ourselves usually cannot meet?

We should pursue "constructive dialogues" rather than endless "regime adjustments" by using force - ironically each strategies were supported by President George W. Bush. I salute his newly-found knowledge which helped him attain a peaceable decision with the North Koreans and hopefully the identical can be carried out with the Iranians.
If we need worldwide solidarity towards terrorism, why is the mainstream Western media at all times so reluctant to sentence those who terrorize China? Read its protection of latest terrorist attacks in Xinjiang and you realize what I am speaking about.

If the mainstream Western media wants to be the function model for its Chinese language friends, why does it conveniently distort facts, use phony photos and brush away people who have different opinions and deny their right to have their voices heard? A Chinese American confronted a CNN journalist just a few months ago in LA when she and plenty of different pro-China protestors have been denied chances to be interviewed, the journalist responded harshly - "do not inform me methods to do my business!"
We teach every citizen in the West to respect legal guidelines and laws, yet the mainstream Western media participated in cheering the unlawful protests and vandalism in Beijing.

Personally I had a painful experience demonstrating on London streets in 1989. It was chilly in that morning and I stepped out of the picketing line for a few minutes to get some desperately-needed sunshine. I used to be subsequently handcuffed by pressure and arrested by the London police. When my petite wife disputed their motion, she was also handcuffed and arrested. We were locked into separate cells for hours with no food and water, not to mention entry to a cellphone and legal recommendation. We were only launched after the demonstration organizer intervened and after being pressured to signal the British equal of confession statements.
If being out of the picket line for some solar is a criminal offense that deserves to be handcuffed and thrown into jail in London, why ought to the Chinese be criticized for expelling unlawful protestors in Beijing who purposely climb lamp-posts, buildings and advertising billboards to display unauthorized banners?

Why ought to an American "pastor", who proudly vandalized the 2 Beijing lodge rooms after which cowardly sneaked away, be cheered as a "righteous protestor" by the mainstream Western media?
If a Chinese protestor goes to the 2012 London Olympics to protest towards the British suppression of Northern Ireland and hold banners on the Big Ben - can she or he depend on the mainstream Western media for for a similar "heroic" coverage? Should we additionally query the proper of London for internet hosting Olympics and its commitment for press freedom if its police arrests the protestor?

Meals for thought - "Do unto others what you want to do unto your self" (Confucius) and "let he who is with out sin cast the first stone!" (Jesus)
Is Western-styled press freedom what China needs?

A highly-revered US scholar once informed me that the Western media is based on the spirit of challenging authorities and it's the media's job to be cynical, vigilant, essential, defiant and detrimental.
I'm a powerful believer of the elemental ideas on which the US political system is founded. Besides many deserves of the system, media stands out as an indispensable component designed to oversee, on behalf of the general public, the three branches of the federal government. That is almost a perfect setup except three potential flaws - firstly, there is no such thing as a mechanism in place for the supervision of the media itself; secondly, there are critical conflicts of pursuits between the 2 contradictory roles of media each as a consultant of public pursuits and, at the similar time, as self-serving revenue-making enterprises; and thirdly founding media on the premise of cynicism and negativity has its personal social costs.

For media to meet its position to oversee the federal government, it needs to serve public interests, rather than its own pursuits. It must be unbiased, objective and impartial.
Nonetheless, it's properly-recognized that the mainstream Western media has long blended its role for public welfare with relentless pursuit of ego, energy and income. Because the world enters the information age, the mainstream Western media has grow to be a new rising superpower with ever-rising affect on domestic and international politics, economic system, social construction, value methods and other people's everyday life.

Does Individuals really have as much freedom as the mainstream media would like us to consider? Because the mainstream Western media pursue freedoms in other international locations, People are dropping so many freedoms that after made them so proud.
Prior to now few a long time, America has skilled a string of serious challenges and setbacks together with the breakdown of family/social construction and worth programs, falling non secular affect and freedom, common abuse and dependence of narcotics and prescribed drugs, rising violence across the country, escalating racial rigidity and police brutality, widening hole between the rich and the poor, dropping customary of literacy and fundamental schooling, failing healthcare system that denies coverage of 23 million Individuals, and a bent of resolving international disputes with "regime change" by army pressure somewhat than diplomacy, violations of on constitutional civil and human rights beneath the duvet of anti-terrorism, to name just some.

Our kids can not stroll to the school bus by themselves for concern of drug pushers and baby snatchers on the way in which. By the point they arrive of their faculties, metal detectors await for them in some inside city colleges. They have to leave their luggage in lockers and no colored drinks are allowed for concern of bombs. Their lecturers usually are not allowed to mention any faith or train morals in faculties. Even "Christmas timber" must not be called "Christmas bushes" however "family bushes". They have to go through evacuation drills usually to remain vigilant because faculty shootings are spreading. Now people are much more scared as a result of a faculty district in Texas took the lead to allow teachers carrying guns to the classroom. But can we belief the lecturers? Do now we have to outsource our academics from India or China in the future?
As an American citizen, nothing is extra beneficial than my voting right. However even that has depreciated. Why? As a result of the mainstream media is not doing its job of dissemination of goal information. As a substitute it confuses me with a continuing stream of selectively edited, distorted and manipulated data to be able to advance its personal preferences, agendas and commercial pursuits.

Let's check out the contaminated media footage of presidential candidates. John Edwards is a spouse cheater, however that has been kept from the public until now; Hilliary is a liar who believes she is entitled to be the President and her husband Bill is hostile to the mainstream press; John McCain is a patriot however a battle monger who knows nothing about economic system; and finally Obama, alas, is definitely a star, radical of racial politics, Muslim (not that there's anything unsuitable with it) and "Anti-Christ"! For God's sake, stop harassing me with all this sensational talk designed to spice up ratings and I need to vote for Paris Hilton, but sadly she just isn't on the ballot. So my pathetic one vote appears quite useless, well, not less than for now.
Transferring again to subject of Beijing Olympics. A Western journalist was quick to level out his disagreement with the slogan, "One World One Dream", which is meant by the host nation to stress the commonalities all peoples share. Nonetheless, this reporter selected to emphasize the totally different values he has from the Chinese language host.

Superb, let's speak in regards to the variations. If the mainstream Western media can acknowledge that peoples on this earth are different and that there are huge variations between them in the geographic landscapes, population structures, social-financial hierarchy, cultural values, beliefs, religions and ideologies, it shouldn't be troublesome to appreciate that their political, legal and media methods also must differ from each other to accommodate for the specific needs of every nation. It is dangerous to imagine the techniques of the West are somehow superior which can be transplanted to other international locations.
Does China want a Western-type media system? I doubt it. Whereas fundamental Western media principles of cynicism, defiance, negativity and confrontation may or may not work well within the Western cultures, they most-undoubtedly won't achieve success in the Chinese cultural setting which values hierarchy, concord, benevolence and tolerance among folks.

However, it is the Chinese language individuals who ought to decide finally what political, financial and media techniques are those they need. I've faith that with 5 thousand years of civilization, China has the wisdom to attract from the strengths of the West, avoid its fundamental flaws and finally develop a constructive-spirited media system with Chinese traits that's constructed on the idea of upholding public welfare and interests. Our Facebook Page.