Commentary: NYT’s Myanmar editorial a textbook example of China-demonizing bias [Xinhua]

BEIJING, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) — Despite its preaching about journalistic ethics, the New York Times sometimes turns into…a media outlet that conjures up a seemingly logical story by mentioning only a small part of the whole picture.

In an editorial titled “The Plunder of Myanmar,” the newspaper used specific cases and numbers to create the impression that China is causing severe damage to Myanmar’s natural resources and environment.

The Grey Lady’s bias against China is nothing new, nor is the tool it used to demonize China this time: overgeneralization, which blatantly breaches such basic journalist principles as fairness and balance.

In its argument for the conclusion that China is behind the so-called “plunder” of Myanmar, the editorial only cited sporadic cases of Chinese and [sic] nationals and companies suspected of illegal logging and other activities in Myanmar.

First of all, even if the single cases are true, the perpetrators are just a handful of individuals. It is highly irresponsible to hint that China as a whole is to blame for what Myanmar may have lost in the so-called “plunder…”

Excerpted; full article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/indepth/2015-01/28/c_133953704.htm

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