lørdag 20. november 2021

US media is free to expose national scandals. Can Chinese media do this?

Some Chinese internet users argue that there is no difference between Chinese media and the media in democratic countries because they all serve a political purpose. They give examples to show CNN supporting the Democrats and Fox News defending the Republicans. So, they say, it is unfair to be hostile towards Chinese media.

I would give this statement some credit ­– it’s really hard for media outlets to be completely neutral, whether private or state-owned. But The New York Times offers a perfect illustration of the difference. The newspaper has just revealed that 2019 US army air strikes in Syria aimed at members of Islamic State had also killed up to 64 women and children. It’s something the US army had tried to conceal as it would damage America’s reputation. Yet the paper published the story.