Media Must Be Objective About Tibet
objective - 1) not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts 2) not dependent on the mind for existence; actual
In other words, being grounded in reality and able to be independently verified as opposed to some reporting dictate from a marketing spinmeister in the Propaganda Dept in Beijing.
When asked about the criticism from the West regarding Chinese media coverage of Tibet, Zhao stressed the need for objectivity.
"Reporting reality is the best way to be objective. If a reporter goes to Tibet and notices only the negative aspects and not the progress we've achieved there, is that objectivity?
Definitely no less objective than the reporting allowed by the CCP Censors and Propaganda Departments and probably more so, since the facts are able to be independently verified.
Furthermore notice the black and white exclusives use of "ONLY" and "NOT". Great marketing frame, huh? Probably no relation to reality, but the CCP Propaganda Dept isn't selling reality, but trying to use irrational verbal frames like this to get you to agree at how awful the foreign press is.
Of course it could be that the progress that the CCP wishes to see in Tibet is not notable as it's been repeated across almost all other SE and South Asian nations in the last 50 years, so it's just taken for granted that the Dalai Lama would have done the same for his people, while actually preventing the negatives, like the destruction caused by rampaging Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution. Ooops. Mentioning the Cultural Revolution probably isn't objective, because those 10 years have been erased from discussion by the Propaganda Dept because it cannot be properly aligned with "the New PRC" brand.
Independent verification of objective facts is important as we all remember the blocks on visits to Tibet both last Spring and this Spring, because the CCP knows their version of "objective facts" won't hold up to scrutiny. And who can forget the off-script outbursts from Tibetan monks on the "Mickey Mao Press Tours of Tibet" captured on objective video and broadcast on HK TV, that were supposed to "disneyfy" the military crackdown last Spring across Tibet.
So when the CCP whinges about people misunderstanding because they haven't been there, while simultaneously whinging about the misunderstanding by the people who have been there, you can see that the only understanding the CCP allows for is "the one objective truth" dictated by the marketing crew at the Propaganda Dept who are trying to sell the world "the New PRC" brand.
So if the Foreign Ministry wants to cast stones at foreign journalists like a chimp in a zoo, it might be better if they clean their own house first and have the CCP stop firing and demoting Chinese journalists who deviate from the Propaganda Dept's script for Tibet coverage.