Sloppy journalism and a weak apology

Sloppy journalism and a weak apology

Richard Yuan is not alone as a Chinese-Australian businessman slandered by the mainstream media. Because it is in the nature of Chinese people not to engage in public arguments, and not to fight back when attacked, the media will continue to target them.

There is an assumption in the media that Chinese-Australians can easily be linked to impropriety, wrongdoing and allegations of improperly attempting to exert influence. That attitude is far too prevalent in major newsrooms, it’s not only biased it is racist.

Taking on a major media outlet for defamation can be a bruising, emotionally and financially draining experience. The one clear truth that’s emerged from the Yuan case is when sloppy journalists make false assumptions that are put to a legal test they can, and do, fail.

McCarthyism Down Under

McCarthyism Down Under

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison held a somber press conference on Friday to announce that the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) had conducted a raid on a sitting member of the New South Wales parliament all because, so far, he’d said favorable things about China and had traveled to the country.

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Shaoquett Moselmane at centre of international espionage investigation after 11 years out of the spotlight

He became the first Muslim MP in the NSW Parliament when he joined the Upper House in 2009 to fill a vacancy.

NSW Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane’s home, office raided by police

Shawki Moselmane said his brother was “a very respectable man” who was the subject of racism, and that the AFP would not find any evidence.

[2018] War, censorship, and the invention of “fake news”

War, censorship, and the invention of “fake news”

When most people think of the term “fake news,” they think of the headlines in supermarket tabloids about alien invasions and two-headed grandmothers giving birth to quintuplets. But when the New York Times and the leading US intelligence agencies use the term, they mean something entirely different: reporting that cuts across the efforts of the state to promote war and political viewpoints that challenge the establishment.