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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Deep thoughts, August 26, 2008

Media deception in Taiwan

Did anybody else also notice how the media was trying to deceive readers and viewers with their "speculation" that former president Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) son Chen Chih-chung (陳致中) and daughter-in-law Huang Jui-ching (黃睿靚) would not return from the US to face questioning by prosecutors?

Well, they're back.

Here's some truth-revealing video from Monday night's Talking Show (大話新聞):

5:07 YouTube video: "Return of the son of Chen Shui-bian"
(Click "More info" on the YouTube page for an English-language summary of the video)

The basic facts
Did they "run away," like the Apple Daily said they did? No. Was Chen Chih-chung "not issued a student ID card," as a University of Virginia spokesperson claimed? No. Did Chen Chih-chung have a US green card, like Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislator Chiu Yi (邱毅) insinuated he "might"? No.

Apologies from the media and people like Chiu won't be enough. They did that shit on purpose.

Don't fall for these kinds of tricks, and hope that you never have to face that kind of "justice."

UPDATE: The University of Virginia has admitted their "error" and apologized, though the reasoning is still suspicious. The person who gave the media the incorrect information (Jeffery G. Hanna, deduced from the Chinese transliterations of 漢納 and 韓納, Hanna's media relations position, and these two photos) left his job last Friday, and the apology was made by Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs Carol S. Wood (a name that was difficult to find starting from the phonetic back-translation from the Chinese 卡蘿). Most of the articles behind the links in this update are in Chinese. The one linked under "apologized" says Chen Chih-chung told reporters that the school "hinted" to him that they had received some kind of "pressure" and told him that he "shouldn't apply for admission this year." [/UPDATE]

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Cross-posted at Taiwan Matters!

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