The South China Morning Post organized an old-fashioned anti-China riot by publishing an article that claimed that bar-owners in Beijing were forced not to serve black people. The proof of this was pretty flimsy: one anonymous bar-owner at Sanlitun.
I found the article remarkable for two reasons. First, because of its firm anti-China tone, while the South China Morning Post had adopted (as far as I could read them) since 1997 a pro-China tone that would even be considered nauseating by the editors of the China Daily.
Second, it fitted nicely into their old tradition in coming with firm allegations, based on nothing, so they could sell the next day their paper again with a firm denial of a false rumor they had created themselves in the first place.
Unfortunately, in the current times of the internet, it took only an hour to get a firm denial. Watch here what happened when I posted a link to the article on Friendfeed:
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Authorities order bars not to serve black people (SCMP)
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I don’t find any proof for that claim in the article, except unnamed bar owners. Really vile reporting style. – Carsten Ullrich via feedalizr
I agree, but the SCMP has such a pro-Beijing tone, I guessed there must be some truth in it, but indeed, proof is lacking – You
Boyce rebutted this story. Worth a look: http://www.beijingboyce.com/20… – sage brennan
More at Shanghaiist: http://shanghaiist.com/2008/07… – You (edit | delete)
In the past the SCMP could write whatever they wanted; now they get debunked with an hour and look foolish – You
I’m sure that’ll do wonders for their PR campaign with African diploamtic “friends.” Anyhow, diplomacy is a game that political entities play for their own agendas. – Mark Forman
And more people are confused; obvious not yet on FF: http://time-blog.com/china_blo… – You
Well, no need to buy tomorrow’s South China Morning Post to read the denial of their false rumor.