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Is It Really Any Wonder That the Chinese Are Sore Over Spy Plane?
April 03, 2001
TIME Letters Editor
Tony Karon's excellent article "Is It Really Any Wonder That the Chinese Are Sore Over Spy Plane?" was so unexpected, so fair-minded, and unfortunately so exceptional, it qualified as news itself, a rare case of "man bites dog."
When was the last time our mainstream American media applied the Golden Rule to US-China relations? When was the last time our Beltway elites asked themselves "What if the shoe were on the other foot, and China was doing to America what America is doing to China?"
Karon and TIME are to be applauded for upholding standards of fairness and objectivity the profession of journalism constantly preaches but seldom practices. If journalistic integrity were the rule rather than the exception, readers at home and abroad might have to revise their current low opinion of the Fourth Estate.
Now wouldn't that be newsworthy?
Taipei, Taiwan, ROC