Wednesday, March 16, 2005

I saw a post a few days ago (sorry, I can't remember where, so ht: blogosphere) about the Philip Bennett interview by the People's Daily and started to write a little rant but thought better of it - my conscious effort at the habit of not trusting what I read in the newspapers (and, I suppose, elsewhere) is getting better.

Hugh Hewitt took the time to e-mail Mr. Bennett and this proved helpful as Mr. Bennett has shown the interview published by the People's Daily to be inaccurate in several respects.

What would be very helpful is if Mr. Bennett transcribed and published the entire recorded interview he has so that a full comparison could be made. A couple of benefits come quickly to mind. One, it will allow all those, particularly the regular readers of People's Daily, with Internet Access to read and compare. (Even better, it might be worthwhile for the WaPo to put it in a special section of the DT version.) Two, it will show how "one of the most important newspapers in the United States and even in the world" does reporting.

Mr. Bennett has been a ... gosh, I hate to say this ... victim of the world having socially diverse standards for faithfully reporting what someone says. I encourage Mr. Bennett to take the lead in stamping this practice out. Publishing a full transcript would be one small stamp but a very good one.


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