Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Post Election Commentary Linkfest Madness

Election night at Hung Tz-yung's HQ in Daya. What a wonderful moment.



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B.BarNavi said...

Really sad to say that it had to take the coercion of a 16 year old girl for the world to discover Chinese barbarity. Her case has garnered the attention of the global Kpop fandom, and it's interesting to see them so bewildered by something we Taiwanese are so used to.

Let's hope that the word spreads further, and that no one should suffer the same fate that Tzuyu did ever again.

Anonymous said...

On 01/18/2016 the BBC reported amongst other stories covered in summary form that:

"On Monday, a Global Times report said it wasn't Ms Tsai's pro-independence views that won her the vote but the "dissatisfactory performance of the incumbent Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou and his ruling KMT"."

What was delusional about that? The Global Times exists - no dilution there? The BBC didn't make any qualitative assessment of the GT's analysis. On balance this report as a whole was factual and balanced under a photo of Tsai with US Deputy Sec of State and others - or was that a delusion or perhaps an illusion!

Election result good for Taiwan - excellent!!

Michael Turton said...

It wasn't her pro-independence views that won? Delusional.

The thing is a hit piece on Tsai, claiming she's becoming hardline. It's laying the ground for the coming anti-Tsai campaign. The BBC loves China.

"Before her win Ms Tsai said she wanted to maintain the "status quo".
But some analysts say her rhetoric has hardened somewhat in the wake of her victory, when she said that "any forms of suppression will harm the stability of cross-strait relations"."

Before and after she wanted to maintain the status quo. Her rhetoric hasn't changed. But BBC finds "some analysts". Whoa! SOME ANALYSTS. Who are these mysterious analysts? Can you think of a single other analyst who has stated that.

BBC simply invented these people.


Mike Fagan said...

To the BBC, lying is like breathing; they are "institutional liars".

TCasanova said...

57:36 - 58:01 of Joseph Wu's discussion

Talk about a loaded question from Eric Gomez (CATO Institute, what a surprise):

"During election campaigns, parties tend to make a lot of promises that may not be able to be fulfilled for whatever reason and I was wondering if Taiwan...or the Tsai Ing-wen faced with situations where it has to walk back on some of its campaign promises, which policy positions do you think will get walked back and why?"

Anonymous said...


Thanks for your great site keeping track of overseas media coverage on Taiwan, and your high quality running commentary on overseas reports. Great stuff and very helpful. Also it's helpful to reference someone with similar perspectives parsing through the reports for bias to identify which reports are worth examining!

FYI there was a good article in the Nikkei Review written by an AEI fellow yesterday, worth noting. (

Separately I noticed the Economist corrected a glaring mistake in its pre-election primer report's reference to 1992 consensus published last week ... it took about 3 days for an editor to notice and correct it (oddly, without an editor's apology for making a doozy error unworthy of the Economist).

It's interesting to see the world media quickly boning up on the details of Taiwanese politics and diplomacy since the elections raised Taiwan's global media profile substantially.

It's also fun to see the running tally of UK citizen interest in the grass roots "recognize Taiwan" petition. It may be an exercise in futility, but the support and profile are helpful to keep Taiwan on the radar screen there: in 3 days they've got it approaching 20,000, enough to require a (surely lame) response from the UK government and a ways to go for the threshold of UK parliamentary debate. (

The Taiwan elections to be transparent, clean, mature, and free. In contrast to what I saw previously in Hong Kong and Beijing - particularly in contrast to Hong Kong's gradual loss of freedom of speech etc after their 2014 movement - it was deeply moving to watch Taiwanese go dutifully to the polls, observe local citizens keeping tabs on the ballot counting process at a local voting station, and note that everyone accepted the result maturely regardless of their "color". It demonstrated that the quality and depth of democracy in Taiwan is truly world-class.

Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Michael, great blog btw.

I think you'll like Professor Jacobs's piece:

FOARP said...

RE: The Beeb "quoting GT as an actual source" - they pretty clearly refer to it as Chinese state media.

"Chinese state media lashed out swiftly in the wake of the victory, saying that Taiwan should abandon its "hallucination" of independence.
On Monday, a Global Times report said it wasn't Ms Tsai's pro-independence views that won her the vote but the "dissatisfactory performance of the incumbent Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou and his ruling KMT"."