One of the clearest examples of the former was the disproportionate amount of coverage given to a token number of pro-unification protesters who have followed the Nobel peace laureate.
Any neutral person watching or reading these reports from abroad may have received the impression that pro-China views are in the ascendancy in
While this kind of trashy, low-cost reportage is understandable from certain sections of the domestic media, such protests would receive little or no attention in other countries. The activities of this rag-tag bunch received far more coverage than they deserved. One would expect the international press to do a better job.
While many international media groups reported on the protests, almost all neglected to mention the mandatory subtext to the story: Many of the demonstrations had been organized by a fugitive pro-unification gangster on the lam in
Time magazine even went so far as to describe the protests as "
We also look forward to the day that the international press stops framing the
Another inconvenient truth revealed by the visit is just how much the KMT and its politicians are in the pocket of
These elected representatives pandered to
How the KMT can continue to claim to represent
But it's not all bad news. One thing we can be thankful for, even in the face of reams of pro-China propaganda and falsehoods in the pro-unification media, is that the majority of Taiwanese are still able to recognize the Dalai Lama for what he is: a peace-loving religious leader who has been demonized by a malevolent, authoritarian power.
Who knows? Perhaps this clarity of judgment may soon extend to the KMT itself.