Lam slaps Western me­dia in the face

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Hong Kong Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Car­rie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said Tues­day at a press con­fer­ence that she “has never sub­mit­ted a res­ig­na­tion to the cen­tral gov­ern­ment,” and that she is con­fi­dent in leading her team to “help Hong Kong walk out from this dilemma.” Lam’s words once again re­sponded to the ru­mors spread by Western me­dia and showed her re­solve to keep serv­ing the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion (HKSAR).

Reuters on Fri­day re­leased a so­called ex­clu­sive re­port, say­ing Lam sub­mit­ted a re­port to Bei­jing, ad­vis­ing the Chi­nese cen­tral gov­ern­ment to meet Hong Kong pro­test­ers’ de­mands.

Af­ter the ru­mor was re­but­ted, Reuters on Sunday made pub­lic an al­leged au­dio record­ing of Lam’s pri­vate con­ver­sa­tion with a group of busi­ness­peo­ple in the city, at­tempt­ing to cover up the truth that its pre­vi­ous news story was fake. Lam said Tues­day, “A con­ver­sa­tion from a pri­vate party has been

made pub­lic. I think it’s very in­ap­pro­pri­ate.”

Reuters and other Western me­dia out­lets have been en­tan­gled in “fake news,” claim­ing Lam’s res­ig­na­tion was re­jected, which se­ri­ously breaks the bot­tom line of pro­fes­sional jour­nal­is­tic ethics.

In­stead of ob­jec­tively re­port­ing the facts, they pre­set their stance first with false in­for­ma­tion, mak­ing the non-ex­is­tent state of af­fairs looks real.

Af­ter Lam made things clear at the press con­fer­ence, a Western reporter con­tin­ued to ques­tion her, “Why won’t China let you re­sign?” Lam re­sponded, “I have never tendered any res­ig­na­tion to the cen­tral peo­ple’s gov­ern­ment, so your ques­tion does not arise.”

Some Western me­dia are tak­ing fiction as fact. Their re­ports about Lam’s “res­ig­na­tion being re­jected” are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly non­sense, but their reporters act as if they hold the truth. They have de­vi­ated from ob­jec­tive re­port­ing and pro­fes­sional stan­dards for too long, and are numb to their own shame­less­ness.

Rel­e­vant re­ports from Western me­dia like Reuters have be­come part of the Us-led Western so­ci­ety’s in­ter­ven­tion in the Hong Kong sit­u­a­tion.

They have been pil­ing in­creas­ing pres­sure on the HKSAR gov­ern­ment and the chief ex­ec­u­tive to drive a wedge be­tween the HKSAR gov­ern­ment and Bei­jing. In­stead of being neu­tral ob­servers and reporters, they have been in­flu­enc­ing the Hong Kong sit­u­a­tion.

Cer­tain Western me­dia work­ers are ex­tremely ea­ger to see Lam re­sign. They hope such a change can im­pact the “one coun­try, two sys­tems” prin­ci­ple and create more chaos. Take Bri­tish me­dia, in­clud­ing Reuters. Their coun­try has been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a po­lit­i­cal cri­sis, with prime min­is­ters fre­quently re­sign­ing. Thus, they feel un­easy when they see a calm Lam and HKSAR gov­ern­ment with the Chi­nese cen­tral gov­ern­ment’s sup­port in the face of con­tin­ued ri­ots and chaos.

The sit­u­a­tion in Hong Kong mir­rors how Western me­dia act in di­rect con­tra­ven­tion to their self-pro­claimed prin­ci­ples of truth, ob­jec­tiv­ity and neu­tral­ity. Main­stream Western me­dia have re­peat­edly used their so-called ob­jec­tive re­ports to pen­e­trate into Chi­nese so­ci­ety and other de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. They have been push­ing the agenda and value judg­ments, which are most con­ducive to max­i­miz­ing Western in­ter­ests.

Washington is keen on mak­ing Hong Kong a new lever to ex­ert strate­gic pres­sure on China. Many Western me­dia pro­fes­sion­als un­der­stand this. They also un­der­stand Hong Kong’s chaos does not meet the needs of the city’s ma­jor­ity. But in­stead of re­veal­ing these truths, they use their in­flu­ence to add fuel to the al­ready ir­ra­tional sen­ti­ment.

Western me­dia is a spe­cial force that ob­structs Hong Kong from re­turn­ing to sta­bil­ity. They are erod­ing the Hong Kong peo­ple’s in­ter­ests.

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