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As they do their political masters’ bidding, Western journalists can’t comprehend why Chinese people increasingly dislike them

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As floods raged in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou last week, killing up to 300 and uprooting the lives of many more, foreign reporters in the city complained that they were on the receiving end of hostile responses, abuse and intimidation from local people. Following a confrontation with an angry mob, the BBC press team later put out an official statement claiming “journalists were under attack,” which escalated into widespread claims across social media that the resentment vented towards them was no more than a “state backed campaign” against them.

The US Department of State quickly jumped on the bandwagon to claim that China was again undermining freedom of the press and “turning public opinion” negative towards journalists. This is ironic in itself. In no circumstances was the argument considered that the people of China could have genuine grievances against journalists who cover their country, or that they could legitimately disagree with anything that is reported. Instead, it was simply the binary dictum which many journalists identify with: that they are righteous and infallible bringers of truth and that nobody can authentically question their intentions or work, not least Chinese people.

In reality, this is a patronizing, condescending and harrowing dismissal of Chinese public opinion itself, which is frequently dismissed as invalid and inauthentic because it does not align with the ideological viewpoints of foreign media, and insultingly dismisses the fact that........

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