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China blames WND for product scare hype
Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 09/14/2007 @ 9:34 am In Front Page | Comments Disabled
WASHINGTON – The official Chinese news agency Xinhua today blames WND for over-hyping the safety issues about food and consumer goods exported from the Asian giant – specifically citing a story last May that sparked a wildfire of coverage by other media.
“For example, in May, the conservative news organ WorldNetDaily.com asked, ‘Is China Trying to Poison Americans and Their Pets?’” the Xinhua story states in trying to make the case for racism in the U.S. media.
It was the only example of negative news coverage mentioned.
On the other hand, the official Chinese news agency praised the Washington Post for setting the record straight.
“China has been portrayed as a nation blind to hygiene and blissfully unconcerned about recent reports of food contamination,” said a Washington Post commentary that formed the basis of China’s attack on WND. “That’s troubling, because it reinforces the notion that befouled food is the consequence of a foul culture.”
It’s not the first time the official Chinese media have launched an attack specifically at WND. In 2002, the Chinese newspaper Renmin Ribao accused the U.S. news media are painting a sinister picture of the threat posed by China mentioning the “most famous WorldNetDaily” by name as the major culprit in a report later distributed by the BBC.
“The 13 July saw U.S. most famous ‘WorldNetDaily’ released its red banner headline coverage: ‘China’s Object’: Sink U.S. Aircraft Carriers,” the China report continued. “Meanwhile, it saw to it that a questionnaire be put out to make a further fuss about ‘China threat’ in the way 92 percent of the responses online regard China as a threat to the U.S. ‘WorldNetDaily’ as ‘Washington Post’ has all along been known for their ‘rightist,’ ‘conservative’ and ‘anti-China’ stand. So for their anti-China stand the two are by no means isolated or just few, for they find AP and Reuter, Washington Times, Washington Post, New York Times, CNN, USA Today also in their company having much ado about the theory of ‘China threat.’”
Indeed, WND has been at the forefront of investigating Chinese imports ever since the pet food scandal that killed or injured an estimated 39,000 dogs and cats in the U.S. earlier this year.
Among other problems reported:
“The food security problems have impeded Chinese agri-products and food many times in international trade, and damaged our national credibility and image,” Sun Xianze, director of food safety coordination at the State Food and Drug Administration, said recently.
“The occurrence of food safety incidents or cases not only affects the healthy development of the whole industry, but also may impact upon economic and social stability.”
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