A news comparison

The atmosphere has been a little tense in Beijing lately, because this year is the so-called 6521 year. It has the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China founding, 50th anniversary of China’s quashing of the Tibetan uprising, 20th anniversary of the 1989 student democracy protests at Tiananmen Square and the 10th anniversary of the banning of the Falun Gong. Needless to say, in tense times, foreigners like myself start to feel a little nervous, because our rights amount to nil here when it comes down to it.

I found this contrast of coverage of the recent incident between a US naval ship and Chinese navy interesting.

Here is the first New York Times article. And here’s the updated version.

Here is the Xinhua state-run news agency’s article.

Naturally, I’m sure there are better places to look for Chinese news, and the New York Times may be an unfair comparison (should I be comparing to FOX perhaps?). In fact, at a talk the other night about censorship on the Internet in China, a Chinese author noted that many Chinese turn to blogs and Internet news before the traditional state-run channels like CCTV and newspapers.

Regardless, I still think it’s interesting to look at the bias on both sides, though it is a little depressing and unsettling. How can I comfortably straddle two continents when our leaders can’t hear each other through their own rhetoric?

On a lighter note, here’s the front page, top fold of several websites (please click to enlarge):

China Daily.com, note the soup story is top fold.

FOX News: