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August 21, 2008

A License to Steal

If the news media creed was based upon an institutional voice in the presentation of explanations of the world and world events, the standards of care were now facing a dramatic shift.  The shift was every bit as frightening as living through Hurricane Katrina. 


Today in the New York Times, Andrew Jacobs has a piece about what NBC and NBC News has yet to address.  Writing from Beijing, Jacobs points out that the announced protest zones set up by the Chinese government during the Olympics that their citizens might have a “channel to voice grievances otherwise ignored by party officials and the state media,” after applying for a protest license, had yet to see one protest.  Yet the government had a list of applicants to investigate of Chinese people who desired to “hold their demonstrations in designated places.”


Without a story from the network on this, NBC had displayed that NBC News was not the channel to watch in the pursuit of Truth.  NBC was following the recent example of Yahoo in China as collaborators to make money on sport, abandoning the concept of news.  “With four days left before the closing ceremony, the authorities acknowledge that they have yet to allow a single protest,” Jacobs reported.  Prior to the opening ceremony, the president of the International Olympic Committee had offered assurances that the Olympics would result in a more open China, advancing issues of human freedom.  The International Olympic Committee with NBC surely was in bed with the Chinese government, in order to make as much money as possible this August.  

The issue of protest and security would be tested in the coming weeks in my hometown, as it got ready to host the Republican National Convention.  As someone who lived within walking distance of the Xcel Arena, it had seemed reasonable to request that protesters apply for licenses to demonstrate.  But the question to ponder, on issues of license to protest, was about how different this current government was from the government in China. 


And the awarding of broadcasting rights to NBC by the International Olympic Committee seems little more than a license to steal, sacrifing journalistic integrity.  



“No rallies were held throughout the entire Olympics in three parks designated as protest zones after Chinese officials declined to issue permits to 77 applicants, and detained some of them. But mostly foreign activists staged a series of small illegal demonstrations near Olympic venues and at Beijing landmarks.”

“The foreigners, for the most part, unveiled “Free Tibet” banners before being seized by security officials, hustled into cars and taken away to be put on flights out of China.”

“A handful journalists trying to cover the protests were roughed up by authorities then released. There were also tensions with the media over China restricting access to the Internet.”

“Beijing had promised the media freedom to report the games and announced the protest parks as part of efforts to address criticism that China should not have been awarded the games because of its human rights record and tight controls on internal dissent.”

“The White House said in a statement that eight individuals — James Powderly, Brian Conley, Jeffrey Rae, Jeff Goldin, Michael Liss, Tom Grant, Jeremy Wells and John Watterberg — were deported by Chinese authorities at 9 p.m. Sunday Beijing time on a China Air flight to Los Angeles.”  Associated Press Story on the last day of the summer olympcis by By ROHAN SULLIVAN




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