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June 7, 2013No Comments

Pic of the day: Best iPhone product placement

Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at Chichen Itza in Mexico. Best Apple product placement. Guess CCTV won’t have the gut to smear iPhone any more.

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March 16, 201313 Comments

China’s state broadcaster hires opinion leaders on Weibo in smear campaign against Apple

Source: Sina Weibo Tech giant Apple and German automaker Volkswagen were accused of jerking Chinese consumers around in a 3-hour expose aired by China Central Television Friday evening, but a celebrity’s foolish mistake on Weibo revealed that the so-called investigative journalism from CCTV was nothing but the big shark’s PR offensive against the wrong targets. [...]

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December 19, 20125 Comments

Chinese media accused of ‘crying only for American kids’, ignoring domestic school rampage

Jazza John, Ministry of Tofu contributor, helped with the story. On the same day, tragedies descended upon both a Chinese and an American elementary schools. Chinese news media, like their American counterparts, blanketed their front pages and prime-time news programs with coverage of the Connecticut shooting on December 16, while playing down or even clamming [...]

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November 14, 20129 Comments

‘Party members get girls easily,’ memorable moments at 18th party congress

It is widely understood that the 18th National Party Congress of the Communist Party, except for the closing ceremony where the new lineup of Chinese leadership will take the stage, is nothing but carefully staged show with no substance. But some outright lies, shameless tributes and histrionic playacting may make you laugh and give you [...]

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October 31, 2012One Comment

CCTV’s extensive coverage of Hurricane Sandy gives fodder for satire

As the East Coast of the United States braces against the superstorm Sandy, China Central Television has dispatched a cohort of reporters to cover the calamity and reserved a significant part of its news program for its coverage. However, instead of focusing on how American people have suffered, most Chinese netizens took the television network to task.

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October 9, 20122 Comments

Chinese’ nonsensical answers to “Are You Happy” baffle CCTV and amuse netizens

Video and photos from Sina Weibo During the past eight-day Mid-Autumn and National Day holiday, China Central Television, the state broadcaster, aired a nine-part special series, titled “Reaching the Grass Roots: People’s Voices From Within”, featuring interviews of ordinary men and women in the streets by asking them if they feel happy. It is said that [...]

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July 10, 20122 Comments

Latest Chinese Internet meme after CCTV’s ‘David Gate’–Dressing the nude in artwork

From NetEase China Central Television, the state-run national broadcaster, becomes a laughingstock after it blurred David’s penis in a newscast about an exhibition in the National Museum of China. The censors’ heavy hand to the Renaissance masterpiece created by the Italian artist Michelangelo has become the fodder for an Internet meme and inspired a new [...]

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July 9, 20122 Comments

Chinese state TV censors genitals of Michelangelo’s David; netizens amused

From Sina Weibo One man’s meat is another man’s poison. It seems that employees working at China Central Television find David, a masterpiece created by the Italian artist Michelangelo, so distasteful that they blurred David’s private parts in a newscast about an exhibition in the National Museum of China. The video clip and the picture [...]

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April 16, 20125 Comments

Latest product scandal exposed by state media: medicine capsules made from leather scraps

From Sina For years, underground workshops in China have been bleaching worn-out leatherwear and leather scraps with lime, processing them into a gelling agent and selling it to manufacturers of medicine capsules, according to an investigative report by China Central Television. Such capsules contain a high level of chromium, which, as a heavy metal, may [...]

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March 16, 20126 Comments

McDonald’s bitten by China’s state watchdog over food safety. Which side do netizens take?

On March 15, China’s Consumer Rights Protection Day, China Central Television wielded its camera at world’s largest fast food chain and exposed a number of dishonest and unsanitary practices – with its reporter masquerading as a busboy. However, the story takes a surprising twist, after the hashtag “I trust McDonalds more than I trust CCTV” [...]

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January 7, 20125 Comments

China’s Cultural Revolution 2.0

Bejing’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) has recently released new restrictions for television broadcasters to limit the number of entertainment programs during prime time to two programs per week and 90 minutes per day. Talent shows, dating shows, and talk shows with emotional content are among the restricted programs that are “excessive entertainment” which [...]

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September 29, 201110 Comments

Facebookish American befuddled by China’s internet censorship gets lectured by Chinese

He is an American. He names himself Mike on Sina Weibo, a Chinese microblogging service which combines features of Twitter and Facebook and has 90 million users. He has recently come to China. That’s all we know about him so far. An average Joe who loves and seeks adventure in the Middle Kingdom, just like [...]

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July 15, 20114 Comments

CCTV repurposes Japanese porn star Sora Aoi’s photo in crime report

From Ming Pao In a news documentary program, Channel 12 of China Central Television (the law and society focused channel) displayed a photo of a female suspect of a murder case. Even though the photo had been blurred allegedly in an effort to protect the identity of the woman, eagled-eyed Chinese netizens immediately recognized that [...]

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July 8, 2011No Comments

Makeshift tiles, loose bolts…Rushing construction as Communist Party’s birthday gifts could cost money and lives

Less than ten days after its opening on June 28, a revamp of Nanjing South Railway Station is under way. Over 3,000 square meters (32,000 square feet) of granite tiles on the north square in front of the railway station has been destroyed, and brand-new granite tiles will be covering the floor after the revamp. [...]

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June 10, 2011One Comment

Picture: Nose of CCTV female reporter chopped off by stranger

From Beijing Morning News Yesterday afternoon, a microblog post published by a user named @dad胡嘉海 (“dad Hu Jiahai”) caused quite a stir on Chinese internet, “Shocked: at around 1 p.m. today at the east gate of the headquarters of China Central Television, a woman went outside from the TV station. A man came over and [...]

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May 2, 2011One Comment

Chinese child prodigy or dictator-to-be? 12-year-old boy draws national attention

Imagine a Chinese counterpart of Jonathan Krohn, who then as a 14-year-old wrote a book to define conservatism and addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2009 was highlighted by media as a political wunderkind. This Chinese boy began to watch Xinwen Lianbo (prime time news on China Central Television) at the age of 2. [...]

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April 28, 20113 Comments

Centennial celebration of Tsinghua University turns arena of politics, meets criticism from and controversy over its alumni

Last Sunday, Tsinghua University, one of China’s most prestigious institution for higher education, celebrated its 100th birthday. Tsinghua University is famous even around the global as a factory for engineers and scientists, many of whom head directly towards the United States after graduation. Often called “the MIT of China,” Tsinghua ranked the first on the [...]

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April 22, 2011One Comment

Quick Update: Yao Jiaxin, the student murderer, is sentenced to death by local court Friday morning

Two week ago, MOT reported how a murder case has fueled Chinese public anger over the likelihood that the murderer might escape capital punishment. Yao Jiaxin, a 21-year-old student at the Xi’an Conservatory of Music in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, knocked down a peasant woman named Zhang Miao while driving at around 11 p.m. on October [...]

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April 5, 201114 Comments

Chinese demand execution of a student, accuse state TV of siding murderers

Yao Jiaxin, a 21-year-old student at the Xi’an Conservatory of Music in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, stabbed a peasant woman to death after hitting her with his car. Should he be sentenced to death?

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March 27, 20117 Comments

Picture of the day: In case Chinese don’t understand, Libyan protesters write slogan in Chinese characters

Since the beginning of Operation Odyssey Dawn, Chinese official media and authorities have been denouncing the U.S.-led multinational coalition forces for their intervention into Libya’s internal affairs for the sake of their hidden agenda. In China’s micro-blogosphere, liberal-leaning netizens have pointed out that China Central Television has been skewing the public opinion with their slanted [...]

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