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Dec 24, 2009

CNA continues downward spiral

CNA reported the other day that by order of the very brave and decisive President Ma Ying-jeou, the travels schedule of Chen Yunlin, president of Chinese mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), is public knowledge.

A reporter friend of mine had this to say about the report:

This is just not true at all. Despite the concern from the Presidential Office, Chen Yunlin's schedule is still being kept as top secret. Reporters on the shuttle do not know where their next stop is until the bus stops, and the scheduled stop would be canceled if protesters begin to show up. Most of journalists were so upset that there were constant verbal clashes between them and Taichung mayor Jason Hu, as well as MAC officials.

Next time, when you see a report from CNA, try to check multiple sources...
This last comment is a reference to the increasingly pro-KMT bias of CNA, RTI and other government-sponsored media outlets. This is especially unfortunate as many foreign reproters rely on English-language CNA reports as a primary source for their data.

There's also this latest CNA article, which portrays the ever benevolent, calm and Taiwan-loving Chen Yunlin as a guy out to calm the nerves of jittery Chinese investors, who are obviously very worried about the frequency of political protests in Taiwan. *rolls eyes*

And this CNA report tells us how government officials have, one by one, "clarified" each of the publics misunderstandings about the newest three agreements.

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