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How does a Chinese person living in western countries cope with seeing media that is almost 100% negative to China?

I think there’s a deep misunderstanding by Chinese here; first that Western media is part of some Western conspiracy to bring down China and that by extension, almost all Westerners must hate China (not true).

While it is true that the *majority* of Western media articles are negative towards China, it really doesn’t matter because… most Americans don’t even trust their own media

Americans’ Trust in Mass Media Edges Down to 41%

Most Americans say they have lost trust in the media

https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2019-07-02/poll-one-third-of-americans-believe-media-are-enemy-of-the-people

Almost One Third of Americans Don’t Trust the Media: Poll

‘Fake News’ Fears: 95% of Americans ‘Troubled’ by Current State of Media, Poll Finds

It’s kinda hard to ‘brainwash’ people when most people don’t think your information is real.

We should take a look in contrast, at what % of Chinese state media coverage is favorable towards America/Western countries (I’m willing to bet, most of it is negative as well) – and what % of Chinese believe their media (I’m also willing to bet, most Chinese believe their own media at least at a higher percentage that Americans believe theirs).

In fact you’ll find that most American media pits Americans.. against each other! Democrats vs Republicans. Liberals vs Conservatives. Trump supporters vs anti-Trump supporters. Far right vs Anti-fascist. Red states vs blue states.

I cannot say for all Western media, but I assume that Canadian, Australian, British, French news etc are in general slightly less negative towards China than America is, but I will say one thing which is that the purpose of the media is to essentially control the people – but the media needs to gain the trust of the people first. If it cannot, then it has no purpose anymore.

There’s a few corollaries I would like to make too:

  1. Western media is not just biased against China, it’s also biased against North Korea, Turkey, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Islam states etc i.e it has an agenda which is to form opinions in peoples minds to create division between people and countries
  2. Media can only be effective if people trust the media. Right now that is not the case in America.
  3. Most American media right now is much too concerned with pitting Americans against each other rather than trying to pit Americans against China. In fact I would go so far as to say in today’s partisan climate, an American is more likely to support China’s government than they are supporting the opposing Democrat/Republican party. That’s how divided America is right now. Heck a lot of Trump supporters warmed up to Kim Jong Un and Vladmir Putin – effectively because Trump tweeted that they were nice people!
  4. Can’t generalize a group of people who span hundreds of racial groups, ethnicities, backgrounds, and dozens of governments into one group “Westerners”. I’m a Westerner. So is the Hispanic guy who works as a car mechanic in Texas. So is the single mother of three working 3 jobs a day in New Jersey. So is the Chinese-American adopted girl who got raised in Los Angeles. Or the Businessman from Paris. Or the Security Guard from England. Or the Zookeeper in Australia. they are all Westerners. We are all very different. There’s no way we’d be able to agree on anything together including hating on a single country because the media said so.

Political Polarization in the American Public

The Disunited States: How partisan politics is polarising the US

Poll: America’s partisan divisions are wider than ever

^ some additional info – Americans are too busy fighting each other to be united in anything including hating on China. I also suspect that there is some narrative going on in China as well to pit Chinese against Western countries/America – again because there is a political agenda at play here. The more nationalistic Chinese get the more likely they are to shun foreign products/services, buy domestic products and use domestic services therefore boosting the overall economy. Every nation has its own agenda.

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Does Western media fairly report the news in China?

No, but Chinese media doesn’t fairly report the news in Western countries either, so it goes both ways. There’s a series of finger pointing by Chinese people and American people each accusing the other of being brainwashed. Truth is there is no neutral media out there, a media, whether owned by the government like in China or owned by corporations like the West, all have their own agendas. They all put their own spin on the news to control their people via propaganda. That each side likes to accuse the other of being brainwashed is in fact, a sign of being brainwashed themselves. They aren’t being open minded to what the true purpose of media really is.

Also I have to say another point, which is that Westerners are not as uniformly ‘brainwashed’ as Chinese people think; if you look on Quora you’ll find many answers by Westerners who praise China, many Westerners who dislike their own country and/or head of their country (in particular Trump, which you’ll find that *some of the most upvoted answers in the US Politics section are negative towards Trump*). In contrast, you will never find any Chinese on here criticizing their country or Xi Jinping. Never.

‘Fake News’ Fears: 95% of Americans ‘Troubled’ by Current State of Media, Poll Finds In fact how can Westerners all be “brainwashed” by the media when the vast majority of them don’t even believe their own media?

As for biased Chinese news, here is one example ‘A cop said I was famous’: China accuses foreigners in Hong Kong of being ‘agents’ where Chinese state media accused foreigners who were just regular people trying to live their daily lives and just happened to be at a protest site when images were taken – of being Western agents.

Chinese people, please tell me: why do you think that Chinese media is fair and unbiased when it is controlled directly by the government? Said government obviously has incentives to twist the media so that Chinese people can act in the benefit of China; i.e being anti-Western, boycott goods etc to uplift the Chinese economy and take down opposing economies.

 

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What is wrong with a lot of Western media coverage of China?

First, let’s not make the sweeping generalization that American media is a proxy for Western media ok? The United States is a country that is considered by most Chinese to be a proxy for ALL Western countries, but its politics are actually quite different than the politics of Canada or Europe, and it tends to be a more right leaning conservative country that is run by corporations/military interests. Let’s get that out of the way, first ok? The question really should be rephrased to what is wrong with a lot of American media coverage of China?

American media titles often sensationalize – and this is not just talking about China but every topic in general – the media will often twist words around to make something seem more dramatic to get the viewers attention. Let’s not get the idea that American media is specifically out to get China – it’s out to get money. Money means you have to be sensationalist to get readers. PELOSI READY TO GET TRUMP IMPEACHED – might be a headline that you see amongst American media – even though that’s their own President!

China is not treated much differently than Russia, to America those are their geopolitical enemies so they have to report on the negatives there more than the positives – and it grabs headlines better.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luTPMHC7zHY

Wow China is expanding its military presence in SE Asia!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMkHcZ5IwjU

Wow China has secret internment camps! how awful!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQyxG4vTyZ8

Look at that, China is taking over Hong Kong!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkLKDaZrgCc

Wow look what happens to Chinese when they speak out! they disappear!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXV0iO5h7t8

Look at that China is trying to take over the world with its trade plans!

See all these sensationalist videos? They’re meant to grab your attention about what China is doing and they are biased towards the negative. Are they totally fake? No, there are truths in the video, but they are presented in a very negatively biased way.

But in China, you would see the same negative videos about America as well, that they have a plan to take over the world, that they are infringing Chinese interests etc, since government knows that the narrative the media pushes is a way of controlling the people, that’s why they represent specific biases.

In China’s case, the state directly controls the media. In USA’s case, lobbyists and special interests control the media. Both have similar objectives which are to control the people into believing a certain narrative.

So back to the main question – is there anything wrong with American media coverage of China – and the answer is no, not really – the media is doing exactly its job. Which is to sway the people towards a certain narrative. There is no such thing as unbiased news. Every news outlet is biased towards some objective.

That said – this doesn’t mean that everyone is brainwashed by the media. Me for example, I rarely look at the media, I get most of my information from Wikipedia, a website that is one of the few thats accessible and editable by anyone in China or anywhere else.

A lot of Americans have shifted away from traditional cable and newspapers now and get their news from Facebook or Youtube. A lot of the most top voted pro-Chinese answers you’ll find on Quora for example, are actually written by Westerners.

People who have traveled more are generally more less likely to be ‘brainwashed’ as they have experienced the different countries and cultures firsthand themselves. This goes for both Americans and Chinese people, btw. Americans believe all Chinese things are poor quality or that they spy and kidnap their citizens – I’ve traveled to China so I know that’s not true. Chinese people believe all Koreans had plastic surgery or appropriate Chinese culture as theirs – again, I lived in Korea before so I know that it’s not true. Traveling is a good way to dispel ignorant notions.