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Distorting the News
The following newspaper article discusses an important world event.
Here's a news story
- China is Dangerously Poised
By A.M. Jamsheed Basha, Chennai-Based Columnist
---- in the article, Mr. Basha writes about the ethnic clashes in western China between Uighurs, and Han Chinese. There are nearly 10 million Ulghurs in that region, Most of whom are Sunni Muslims. And, ever since the 1940's, the Chinese government has been trying to introduce more Hans into the region. From a mere 6% in 1949, to over 40% today. So, clashes have flared between these two groups.
Both sides have a legitimate point. While, the Ughurs feel they are being targeted for ethnic cleansing, the Hans complain that ethnic groups such as the Ughurs are not subject to Chinas "One Birth" policy.
Here's how the exact same story appeared in America's newspapers:
women lead protests in west China
By WILLIAM FOREMAN and GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press Writers William Foreman And Gillian Wong, Associated Press Writers
Fri Jul 10, 7:20 pm The petite Muslim woman with the sky blue head scarf
began by complaining that the public washrooms were closed at a crowded
mosque on Friday — the most important day of the week for Islamic
worship. When a group gathered around her on the sidewalk, Madina Ahtam
then railed against communist rule in China's far western region of Xinjiang, rocked by ethnic rioting that has killed at least 184 people this week.
26-year-old businesswoman eventually led the crowd of mostly men in a
fist-pumping street march that was quickly blocked by riot police, some
with automatic rifles pointed at the protesters.
The incident was one of many examples of how Muslim women have been taking bold leadership roles following the deadliest communal violence
in decades in the Xinjiang region. As the communist government launches
a sweeping security crackdown, the women have faced down troops, led
protests and risked arrest by speaking out against police tactics they
believe are excessive.
The following newspaper article discusses another important world event.
Police Unleash Force against Rally,
after disputed election.
TEHRAN, June 20 --
Riots broke out in downtown Tehran Saturday, as security forces blocked streets and used tear gas to break up demonstrations held against President Re-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Security forces were seen firing warning shots into the air. And, there are also unconfirmed civilian deaths.
And, Here's how America's newspapers covered the exact same story:
Role of Women In Iranian Protest Kindles Hope
Female Muslims Abroad receive Inspiration
over the past two weeks, Marcelle George has watched with amazement as legions of Iranian Women defiantly protested in the streets against Political leadership. Blah, blah,,,,,,,,,,,
The above articles represent a few random examples. Both news stories appeared within 20 days of each other. And, each pertained to important World-events, neither was related to gender. The media routinely distorts issues with their own personal agenda. Perhaps, this explains why daily headlines often feature commentary which is gender-specific. Now, there's no need to show thousands of examples. ....Because there's simply too much evidence to list on any website.
So, in a general sense, everyday news-articles are tarnished by Advocacy-Groups. Stories could pertain to any possible subject, while somehow producing an element of Special Interest.
When searching through Newspaper clippings, such biased-material is quite easy to find.
.....SO, this generally represents another overall problem: Distorting the News.