• Argue with New York Times reporter Keith Bradsher

    2009-05-01

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    The Naming of Swine Flu, a Curious Matter http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/29/world/asia/29swine.html?_r=2&hpw

    The argument below happened on 29th, April 2009.

    To Keith Bradsher:

    Sir,

    Your new report which viciously indicates that the swine flu may emerge
    from southeastern China, has already become a laughingstock in China.

    Congratulations!

    Sincerely, Ronnie

    Keith Bradsher <bradsher@nytimes.com>

    Thank you very much for your note. I don't see the article on the web now --
    where did you find it?
    Best,
    Keith

     

    To Keith Bradsher:

    ......Thank you very much for your instant reply, which I rather didn't expect..
     
    Here is it:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/29/world/asia/29swine.html?_r=2&hpw
     
    The link has been posted on Tsinghua University's forum. That's how I saw it.
     
    Yes, I have to say that you didn't say the exact words that the swine flu comes from China. But the last paragraph does to a large extent viciously indicates it.
     
    And I also disagree very much to the ugly portray below:
     
    Many medical historians believe that the Asian and Hong Kong flus started in southeastern China near Hong Kong, where very high densities of people live in close proximity to hogs and chickens in rural areas and can share their viruses. Some historians also suggest that the Spanish flu also started in southeastern China.
     
    I really don't know why you are using the present tense here when portraying the situations in southern rural areas in China. The situations might be true when the Hong Kong flu happened 40 years ago, but as a Chinese that comes from the southern province of Guangdong and that has a very good knowledge of the rural situations there, I can tell you that using the present tense here can only show your ignorance and viciousness.
     
    Thank you very much again for your reply and report, which makes us once again realize how malicious and hostile some western reporters and media can be.
     
    Ronnie

     

    Keith Bradsher <bradsher@nytimes.com>

    Thank you and you raise good points. I made some revisions to the story earlier, so you might want to check it again. I'm not sure I can get into the story again to change the verb tenses, as the editors do not like changes after the printed paper goes to press.
    best,
    Keith

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  • 骂的好!!!
  • 阅!
  • The present tense has not yet been revised! This article indeed are trying to indicate that the origin of swine flu has something to do with china.However,journalists are always making observation with no inverstigation and survey,i get used to it.new york time is not that annoying,for most its articles still show good attitudes toward china.