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Would CNN apply the same principle to their news coverage?



Feb 22, 2021, 11:15

Side-by-side photos show the NYPD officers arresting a suspect in New York on Feb. 16, 2021 (L) and protesters hurling petrol bombs at police in Hong Kong on Aug. 25, 2019.

(People's Daily Online)On Feb. 16, a New York Police Department (NYPD) officer was filmed repeatedly punching a 50-year-old suspect in the head as he was pinned down on the ground by three other officers at the South Ferry subway station in New York City.

The bystander filming the video was heard saying “Oh my God” as additional officers with police dogs arrived at the scene to keep other pedestrians away from the scuffle. After being posted online this past Thursday, the clip was soon widely shared across social media, with many accusing the NYPD of engaging in police brutality.

CNN reported on the news story amid the uproar, pointing out that since it “has not reviewed an unedited copy of the video”, there was “no indication of what happened before the video began or during edited portions”.

“These cops were doing exactly what was asked of them: enforcing the transit system rules,” NYC Police Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch was quoted by CNN as saying.

It is good to see that CNN is attempting to adopt an objective and fair position in reporting on US police enforcement, using multiple sources and avoiding an undue overreliance on out-of-context fragments of information.

Unfortunately, this journalistic principle seems to enjoy short shrift when applied to the counterparts of American law enforcement in China.

During an illegal protest in Hong Kong on Aug. 25, 2019, CNN released a story headlined “Police Use Petrol Bombs and Water Cannons Against Hong Kong Protesters,” along with a widely circulated video, blaming HK police for their actions against protesters.

It turned out that the video was not only comprised of out-of-context fragments, but was nothing more than a clumsily devised patchwork -- the petrol bombs, as revealed in an original video clip, were hurled by the protesters instead of the police.

Such erroneous news coverage is not rare in CNN’s reporting on China, including on issues such as Hong Kong and Xinjiang. CNN, which flaunts that it is “working hard” to ensure that its reporting is “fair and balanced”, has apparently deviated from its principles, which epitomizes the media outlet’s naked double standards and hypocrisy.

Respecting the truth in news reporting should be applied beyond the border. One can only hope that a global news media outlet like CNN could at last drop its ideological bias and take on a genuinely objective and fair attitude toward China, just like what they purport to promise, and much along the same lines as their reporting on US cops. 

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GhostBuster post time: 2021-02-25 14:48

How did Trump "over perform" in the last election?

Newtown post time: 2021-02-25 07:39

Trump shows the world that in US, there is nothing that could stop anyone as long as one dare to out and over perform like he does!

Trump The Great makes US democracy a heap of ash on the rubbish bin of US civilization, if there was ever one on US soil!

GhostBuster post time: 2021-02-24 09:41

"It is the West that apes the East" - certainly in terms of violent protests in capital cities.

GhostBuster post time: 2021-02-23 23:12

If they fought for their vaccinations in USA at least they knew that they weren't getting fakes.

Newtown post time: 2021-02-23 10:32

Seems you have it backwards!

As if US citizens must hold world top position to punish their own government, they hammered their way into Congress on Capitol Hill long after their so called counterparts demonstrated elsewhere!

Indeed! They achieved GREAT SUCCESS with some insiders effort combined to lay waste!

Newtown post time: 2021-02-23 10:32

Seems that your clock is out of proper time frame!

It is the West that apes the East!


Are you dwelling in a tortuous tunnel?


US citizens showed the world their great performance beyond call of duty as US citizens!

US out and over perform with glory in full colors!


Newtown post time: 2021-02-23 10:32

US showed the world that US citizens dare to break in Capitol Hill and cause great damage to US Congress!

US citizens have real guts to performance beyond call of duty!

US The Great!

Newtown post time: 2021-02-23 10:32

Good thing is the West achieved higher standards as each day starts!

People fought to get their vaccination in US!

Not bad for a start!

Presume they will intensify their actions!

GhostBuster post time: 2021-02-22 21:43

These photos indicate that both China and the West rate equally in terms of physical violence. Well done to "the East" for climbing up those rungs.