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Bloomberg Calls Reporting News In China Reminiscent to Nazi Germany

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 9, 2013


Bloomberg did so,e good reporting last year and unearthed the truth of communist Chinese leaders and their corrupt/rich families? After that they got an ass spanking and now have decided to suck up to the chicoms and not report the truth any more. Interestingly enough, Bloomberg says that reporting in China today is like reporting n Nazi Germany in the past. Ironically, Bloomberg is a Jewish name and one would think that via its Jewish roots, they would seek out the truth, especially when dealing with fascist zealots. By selling out to China, they prove they don’t care.

Excerpt

The investigative report they had been working on for the better part of a year, which detailed the hidden financial ties between one of the wealthiest men in China and the families of top Chinese leaders, would not be published

In the call late last month, Mr. Winkler defended his decision, comparing it to the self-censorship by foreign news bureaus trying to preserve their ability to report inside Nazi-era Germany, according to Bloomberg employees familiar with the discussion

Mr. Winkler said in an email on Friday that the articles in question were not killed. “What you have is untrue,” he said. “The stories are active and not spiked.”

His statement was echoed by the senior editor on the articles, Laurie Hays.

Mr. Winkler and several other senior executives at Bloomberg declined to discuss his conference calls with reporters and editors in Hong Kong.

Several Bloomberg employees in Hong Kong said Mr. Winkler made clear in his call that his concerns were primarily about continuing to have reporters work in China, not protecting company revenues. Even so, they said, he gave the listeners a clear impression that the company was in retreat on aspects of its coverage of the world’s second-largest economy, a little more than a year after it locked horns with a confident Chinese leadership that has shown itself willing to punish foreign news organizations that cross it.

Bloomberg News infuriated the government in 2012 by publishing a series of articles on the personal wealth of the families of Chinese leaders, including the new Communist Party chief, Xi Jinping. Bloomberg’s operations in China have suffered since, as new journalists have been denied residency and sales of its financial terminals to state enterprises have slowed. Chinese officials have said repeatedly that news coverage on the wealth and personal lives of Chinese leaders crosses a red line.

Link

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/09/world/asia/bloomberg-news-is-said-to-curb-articles-that-might-anger-china.html?hpw&rref=world

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