Remember the government’s proposed 45 billion yuan effort to ensure that the rest of the world sees a media more aligned with what the central politico wants it to see? It’s started!
While many in traditional American paper media, such as the SF Chronicle, take their last struggling gasps, China has launched the United States version of China Daily, its top English-language newspaper.
According to the Straits Times:
‘The US edition is focused on meeting ever-increasing demand for information on doing business with China,’ the paper’s deputy editor-in-chief, Qu Yingpu, said in a statement on the paper’s website.
The paper also said its aim was to become the primary source of information on China.
While in better times we would’ve scoffed at China’s attempt to influence debate, we have to admit – we’re a little nervous right now.
You want to know why that Qingdao mistress story got so much factually inaccurate coverage from the international media (besides it being super juicy)? Because with companies cutting budgets, firing talent and closing their foreign offices, most reporters have no time or way to actually call and confirm suspicious stories (a few, like the U.K.’s Telegraph, did call and helped break that it was fake).
With all the cutbacks, it’s an opportune chance for China to actually become the premier voice on China, which will then be parroted by underpaid staff at the various slowly sinking institutions in the West. And considering this country’s history regarding media ethics, that’s a frightening thought.