Finally Telling The Truth

Grind for January 4th, 2019
“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

– Michael Jordan

Heating Up

The Headline

If necessary, China will take Taiwan by force

The Grind

China will do whatever it takes to regain control of Taiwan, said Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday.

“We make no promise to abandon the use of force, and retain the option of taking all necessary measures.”

The Details

Taiwan and China have been ruled separately since 1949, when Nationalists loyal to Chiang Kai-shek lost to Mao Zedong’s Communists.

The Nationalists established a democracy on the island of Taiwan and China has sought to regain control of it ever since.

The United States does not recognize Taiwan as an independent nation but has chafed at China’s efforts to control the territory.

As stated on the US State Department’s official website, “maintaining strong, unofficial relations with Taiwan is a major US goal in line with the US desire to further peace and stability in Asia.”

During her annual New Year’s speech, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen made it clear Taiwan would never submit to Chinese rule:

“I want to reiterate that Taiwan will never accept ‘one country, two systems,'” she said, referring to the Chinese policy which grants a level of autonomy under Chinese supervision.

“Here I want to appeal to China that it must see correctly the existence of the Republic of China, Taiwan, must respect the 23 million Taiwanese people’s resolve for freedom and democracy, and must handle existing agreements equitably and peacefully.”

According to an opinion poll from September, roughly 36% of Taiwan’s population seeks independence from China.

It’s About Time

The Headline

Former NY Times editor admits coverage of Trump was biased, criticizes younger staff

The Grind

Jill Abramson is a former Wall Street Journal correspondent who led the New York Times as executive editor from 2011 until 2014, when she was fired and replaced by Dean Baquet.

“Though Baquet said publicly he didn’t want the Times to be the opposition party, his news pages were unmistakably anti-Trump,” writes Abramson in her soon-to-be-published book Merchants of Truth.

“Some headlines contained raw opinion, as did some of the stories that were labeled as news analysis.” The newspaper also “blew its Clinton coverage out of proportion.”

The Details

The Times had a financial incentive to crank out stories on Trump, explains Abramson, noting that digital subscriptions jumped by 600,000 during his first six months in office.

“Given its mostly liberal audience, there was an implicit financial reward…in running lots of Trump stories, almost all of them negative: they drove big traffic numbers and, despite the blip of cancellations after the election, inflated subscription orders to levels no one anticipated.”

However, “the more anti-Trump the Times was perceived to be, the more it was mistrusted for being biased.”

Abramson also criticizes the paper’s younger staff for ignoring journalism’s longtime pursuit of truth.

“The more ‘woke’ staff thought that urgent times called for urgent measures; the danger of Trump’s presidency obviated the old standards.”

We already knew the Times was biased, but to have a former editor say so is pretty incredible. I look forward to reading the book.

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