Ed Lakewood wrote:Yes, it's been fascinating to see (after a return to North America after 10 years of living in Taipei) how Americans and Canadians view China: either as a grave threat or some sort of economic beacon. You see media people all the time here who blather on about the place without two clues about its history or cultural composition. Sure, they've got lots of economic stats to rattle off, but nothing insightful.
But it's the same with other foreign topics. I watched the CBC (the Canadian equivalent of the BBC) for days re coverage of those protests in Cairo. They were so focussed on the power of Twitter that they failed to talk about (or at least I didn't notice) who Mubarak was - how he had come to power, what he had done, exactly how he and his regime were corrupt, etc., etc. Instead of interviewing experts, they mainly spoke to Canadian Egytians on the ground who said things like: 'I Twittered my friends to tell them to meet me at the square. We all hope Mubarak leaves soon.' Yes, we heard that already. Now, can we have some background? Some context?
Egypt's Mubarak is a US backed dictator...of course the CBC won't talk about that. The CBC also doesn't talk about how the US is the one behind the problems in Syria. Or how they wish to first overthrow Syria then Iran.
Nor do they mention the presence of Russian Federation Ships off Syria's coast to guard against a Libya 2.0