Sadly, this article is one of many cookie-cutter pieces designed to “fit” a narrative that editors seem to have already written: the “Mad Chen”, frustrated by his inability to plunge Taiwan into a war of independence with China, turns to corruption with the help of his Lady MacBeth while the rest of the country suffers in silence. Meanwhile, the selfless freedom fighter Shih returns from the political wilderness to valiantly fight on against his now-fallen student for the good of the Republic. Shit, if this story ends with Chen wearing a menacing black suit and helmet, I’m going to demand my money back.
Let’s keep the cart behind the Horse and wait for the prosecutor's findings and follow the law if the president is found guilty of wrongdoing. And for God’s sake let’s stop pretending that this “Depose Chen” business is just a non-partisan grassroots call for clean government, because it’s not. The presence of Taiwan’s biggest convicted tax-evader at the weekend’s rally is proof enough of that.
Jason is referring to the crazed central paragraph of the article:
The months-old allegations that his wife, other relatives and key aides exploited their positions for illegal financial gain have weakened his leadership. The situation has raised questions about whether Chen will have the confidence to push for formal independence for the self-ruled island of 23 million, a move China has threatened to oppose with military force."...whether Chen will have the confidence to push for formal independence for the self-ruled island...." For crying out loud! Does anyone really think that Chen will be able to push through independence when...
As Jason says, this is not about reporting news, but selling a pre-packaged narrative of Mad Chen the Insane Independence Monger. Watch out! He'll do anything! He's so crazy, he could convince a pro-Blue legislature to vote for independence!
he has promised not to he is a lame duck president the legislature is controlled by the Blues who oppose independence the public which opposes a change in the status quo has to vote for it in a referendum the US would be against it China would have to attack
Perhaps the strong slant of this article has something to do with the fact that Rickards is a reporter for the China Post, the local pro-KMT English newspaper. It's sad, because she is usually a voice of reason on that paper. It is also sad that the Washington Post did not indicate the newspaper's allegiance in its article, so that readers would know.
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