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Satire in US becomes news in China
Boston Globe ^ | June 7, 2002 | Henry Chu

Posted on 06/07/2002 3:27:52 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Edited on 04/13/2004 2:07:51 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

BEIJING - An embarrassing gaffe by China's usually staid state-run media has left a popular newspaper here with onion on its face.

Readers of the Beijing Evening News, the capital's largest-circulation newspaper, learned this week that the US Congress had threatened to move out of Washington unless a fancy new Capitol was built.


(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: theonion

1 posted on 06/07/2002 3:27:52 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I wonder if the Chinese caught onto the joke. ;-)
2 posted on 06/07/2002 3:36:52 AM PDT by goldstategop
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
But a little checking showed that this story, too, was cribbed: It was a direct translation of a front-page article from Sunday's Washington Post.

Does this mean that the Chinese paper will be receiving a note from the Washington Post's lawyers?

Maybe the next Onion headline will be:

Red China Joins Jim Robinson's FreeRepublic in Defense Against L.A. Times and Washington Post Lawsuit

3 posted on 06/07/2002 3:36:58 AM PDT by piasa
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To: piasa
LOL!!! And they say politics makes for strange bedfellows. :-)
4 posted on 06/07/2002 3:41:10 AM PDT by goldstategop
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Goes to prove a point I've made before on how reporters "authenticate" their reporting:

Reporter for media A writes something conjectural with a lot of "mays, mights, coulds, shoulds, woulds, ifs, etc."
Reporter for media B writes something and references reporter for media A as the source.
Reporter for media C writes something and validates the source as "in published reports."

Bingo! Media has "authenticated" reporting without even getting up from their desks to validate any part of it. Then the nightly TV news picks up the story and runs with it too.

Considering some of the recent "real" headlines, thought, it can be easy to get confused with Onion's satire. Some days truth is stranger than fiction. How many headlines have we read recently and said, "This has to be a joke" or "Surely, this can't be true" only to find out it is no joke and it is true.
5 posted on 06/07/2002 4:05:12 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Now looky heah! Is Robert Higgings one of the American stringers for the Beijing Evening News? Remember Robert Higgins? He was the one talking live on the air to Peter Jennings and feeding him info about the OJ Bronco Chase.

"Ah see OJ...and he looks scared!"

6 posted on 06/07/2002 4:21:19 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
But he adamantly ruled out a correction and grew slightly obstreperous when pressed to comment on the article's lack of truth.

At some time in the past the editor must have worked for Dan Rather.

7 posted on 06/07/2002 4:24:58 AM PDT by ABG(anybody but Gore)
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To: TomGuy
Some days truth is stranger than fiction.

Bump!

8 posted on 06/07/2002 4:33:28 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Maybe The Onion should write a story about how leaders of free nations are more healthy (and virile) than those of totalitarian nations. >:)

-Eric

9 posted on 06/07/2002 4:36:15 AM PDT by E Rocc
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Here's the Onion article:


10 posted on 06/07/2002 4:47:23 AM PDT by KS Flyover
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To: KS Flyover
Thanks!! A retractable roof, huh? I'd like to have my finger on the ejection button.
11 posted on 06/07/2002 5:17:39 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: TomGuy; aculeus; Orual
William Saletan: Death Warmed Over
12 posted on 06/07/2002 5:26:09 AM PDT by dighton
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
How funny! Great way to start a Friday!!
13 posted on 06/07/2002 5:44:35 AM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: TomGuy
Reporter for media A writes something conjectural with a lot of "mays, mights, coulds, shoulds, woulds, ifs, etc."
Reporter for media B writes something and references reporter for media A as the source.
Reporter for media C writes something and validates the source as "in published reports."

Except that step 1 should read, "Reporter for media A gets a fax from some lobbying group, containing a lot of 'mays, mights, coulds, shoulds, woulds, ifs, etc.'"

14 posted on 06/07/2002 7:57:12 AM PDT by toenail
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To: goldstategop
The other, on the same page, was a longer investigative piece about the lack of security screening for most private charter flights in the United States.

Expect to see chinese terrs arriving on charters soon...and the feds will say they had no clue about this loophole...

15 posted on 06/07/2002 8:28:46 AM PDT by Yehuda
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Some days truth is stranger than fiction.

I rest my case:
Woman Keeps Dead Hubby in Passenger Seat of Her Car.
16 posted on 06/07/2002 9:08:37 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: sIr gaWAiN
ping
17 posted on 06/07/2002 9:15:39 AM PDT by Texaggie79
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The Onion, it seems, has been recruited as an organ in the Department of Truth.
18 posted on 06/07/2002 9:21:08 AM PDT by tlrugit
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"Man Blames Hangover on Everything But How Much He Drank"

That was satire? I thought it was a story about the latest lawsuit.

19 posted on 06/07/2002 9:21:26 AM PDT by steve-b
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
It never would have made news in China if it had been posted on Free Republic first.

That's because -- since it was satire -- Admin Moderator would have deleted it.

20 posted on 06/07/2002 9:23:00 AM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: nina0113
ping for a funny one.
21 posted on 06/07/2002 9:27:44 AM PDT by Steve1789
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I'll bet you they got it here. It was posted here only a couple of days ago.

It wouldn't surprise me if the Chicoms looked in on us, particularly after the 2000 election.

The format of articles here is pretty generic and I know that I sometimes don't scrutinize the source field that closely.

22 posted on 06/07/2002 9:53:39 AM PDT by CaptRon
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The tragic part is that the Chinese apparently seemed to think that our Senate would actually do something that foolish. It doesn't speak well for the reputation of our congresscritters.

Carolyn

23 posted on 06/07/2002 10:24:25 AM PDT by CDHart
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To: PJ-Comix
"What's the atmosphere like there at OJ's house?"

"It's very tenses..."

24 posted on 06/07/2002 3:01:55 PM PDT by zoyd
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