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I totally agree with you, it is extremely difficult to live in a world, where media people report stories and facts that are not true.
Keith keep up the good work, we need to be able to trust one another. I am extremely happy that, I am not raising small children today. Please believe me, I am deeply concerned about the young people of today, including my 9 year old grandson.
I am afraid that money comes first with most people these days, they never stop to think about who it may affect in the process!
Well when we listen to CRI we start by telling us that there is no editorial freedom there. Definitely by hiring foreign announcers and I am sure better educated Chinese for the English Service it is pleasanter to listen to them. Also there is a huge change in the style and content of the programming. As to the facts I am always cautious when I listen. Each station/country has its bias and CRI is pushing its agenda, much nicer in its packaging than before.
Keith, thanks for bringing all of this out in the open. As someone who, from an early age has had a love for China, it's people, language, food, culture, and music, I find what you said very useful because as an American I only know what I hear on CRI and CCTV programming since I have not yet visited China or traveled outside of the U.S.
I should ask the important question now: As someone in my position and from my vantage point, how easy would it be to spot made up facts / propaganda as opposed to truth when it comes to China?
All they did was hire local English teachers.
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I have to admit and be totally honest. But I don't have much respect for any of the foreigners who work for China Radio International and CCTV. Now while it's true I worked at CRI for just over 5 years. From the onset I told them if at anytime they would ask me to read a story that was nothing but propaganda I would walk. Anytime I was given a story to read during a newscast that was rubbish and made up facts I would walk. I have been watching the news programming out of Washington by CCTV International. I'm afraid any of the credibility that foreign presenters had will be lost. During my time at CRI, they even on a few occasions try to pay me more money to read certain items. Did I? Not a chance. I remember when I was at CRI in the English Service there were 14 other foreigners. And they would just do what they were told. This made me sick at times. There was one exception. Jocelyn Ford. She was like me and had principles. I watched the CCTV International news program out of Washington and found 7 stories with facts made up. And that stupid white guy who is hosting doesn't have a problem with that? As far as I'm concerned his credibility is shot.