09 September 2009

The hypocrisy of CCTVB

Let me copy the style of my Dictionary blog for a while and start this entry by a dictionary entry.

hypocrisy noun (pl. -ies) [U, C] (disapproving) behaviour in which sb pretends to have moral standards or opinions that they do not actually have: He condemned the hypocrisy of those politicians who do one thing and say another. * It’s hypocrisy for them to pretend that they were shocked at the news.

I must make it clear that I have perfect and sincere sympathy for the three journalists who got beaten and detained in Urumqi. I think in no circumstance should anybody be beaten; and nobody should be detained without a good and lawful reason.

But when TVB condemned the findings of the Xinjiang officials as "onesided, unobjective and diverted from the facts," and repeatedly reported their accusations as the headlines of their news reports, it sounded hypocritical to me.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that the Xinjiang officials told the truth. I have zero hesitation in believing that the three journalists have been beaten and mistreated. It's entirely imaginable. Some even suggest that the journalists should have taken extra care of themselves when working in mainland China.

But when it comes down to "onesided, unobjective, and diverted" presentation of things, TVB News has been a key player of that market. I shared with you earlier how they manipulated the review of the privacy ordinance.

We still remember how they transformed themselves to the state-controlled broadcaster, the CCTVB, don't we? We're still pissed-off by their broadcast of Gillian Chung's interview at prime news hour, their obscure handling of Jackie Chan's bullshits, and their self-censored understatement of the 20th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, aren't we?

Have they been in any sense presenting an objective, unbiased, and undiverted news we expected?

That is hypocrisy.

This is NOT an accusation against any particular journalist of TVB, I am sure Lam Tze-ho and his cameraman Lau Wing-chuan have very little say on the overall editorial decision.

But having a biased broadcaster to condemn others for presenting diverted facts is certainly a bit irritating.

Let's support our journalists in their protest against the violence to the media; but let's not overlook the hypocrisy of TVB News.

And the Big Brother should learn that dogs sometimes bite the hand that feeds.

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