Several tales of motherly love have emerged and are being repeated throughout several Chinese stations and media:
- One mother was found buried dead while still suckling her three month old.
- One picture of a female police officer Jiang Xiaojuan has been making its rounds on the internet. A new mother herself, Jiang has been breastfeeding eight babies orphaned by the quake.
- A third baby was found by rescue workers alive in the arms of his mother who unfortunately didn’t make it. Rescue workers also found a mobile phone with the text message, “Honey, if you make it through this, please remember that I love you.” The veracity of this particular story has already been questioned by netizens. ESWN in a post “How about less faked touching news?”:
Some netizens pointed out that this story was the one reported in The First and Beijing Evening News. Both of those newspapers sourced their stories to Tianfu Morning News and they were using mostly the same words. Both newspapers said that the child was about 10 month old. The newspapers said that the child was found underneath the body of the mother, but there was no mention of any mobile phone with a SMS on the screen. The SMS was the most moving part of the story, but the newspapers did not mention it. So the Tianya poster was either making things up, or he was an eyewitness, or he learned it from hearsay, or these are two completely stories. It is most likely that this story was made up, because there was no name, time or place.
Meanwhile, the Tianya version of the story is making the rounds on television news. On Liaoning Television, the female program host was crying in an exaggerated manner while not bothering to verify the story. To a certain degree, this is actually hurting the disaster relief effort. That is to say, are there not enough genuine tragedies and sentiments over the past few days that we have to make stuff up? Instead, we are bogged down with a debate over the veracity of this story.