October 29, 2012
Last week, the New York Times published an amazing, if not exactly surprising, exposé of the wealth of China's current prime minister (and head of government), Wen Jiabao; his and his family's holdings are supposedly worth a total of $2.7 billion. This comes after a similar report from this past spring that detailed the stupendous riches of the members of the People's Congress. In response to last week's story, China shut down access to the New York Times' website, and has now published an editorial in the People's Daily attacking the credibility of the Grey Lady. Only problem? In assailing the Times' journalistic integrity, China's top state newspaper plagiarized itself and other state-run papers. The FT explains:
The opinion piece was authored by ‘Lao Ren’, which is likely to be a pseudonym. It begins with a preamble about how reporting standards at the Times have gone downhill: “This venerable media brand proclaims that its news is accurate and reliable. But in recent years, there has been an explosion in plagiarism and fabrication by its journalists.”
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