Chinese Massacre, MSM Silence Deafening
So far it appears that the majority of the US MSM is out to lunch on the massacre reported in southern China:
Residents of a fishing village near Hong Kong said that as many as 20 people had been killed by the paramilitary police in an unusually violent clash that marked an escalation in the widespread social protests that have roiled the Chinese countryside.
Villagers said that as many as 50 other residents remain unaccounted for since the shooting that occurred this week as villagers staged a protest over government land appropriations. It is the largest known use of force by security forces against ordinary citizens since the killings around Tiananmen Square in 1989. That death toll remains unknown, but is estimated to be in the hundreds.
You can read the rest of the story here. Most liberals tend to overlook violent suppression by governments elsewhere, instead choosing to harp on the "chilling" effect of the Bush administration and the "suppression" of free speech in America since 9/11. Funny, though, since no crazy Moonbats have suffered much in the way of stifled speech, seeing as they are almost incessantly foaming at the mouth--I mean engaging in peaceful dissent--and none have been attacked by lethal force. On the other hand, the much-chronicled escapades of the loony left by those like Michelle Malkin prove that most of the "chilling" effect actually comes from the freedom of speech suppressors on the left--just like they did a few days ago to Ann Coulter (HT and video The Political Teen).
Perhaps the forces of democracy are once again on the move in China. The use of deadly force in this situation, like that of Tianenmen Square sixteen years ago, indicates an entrenched and paranoid government in Beijing. Hopefully the upcoming Olympic Games in 2008 will give more opportunity to scrutinize Chinese government policies, although such illumination will most certainly have to come from alternative media sources, and not the fawning MSM.
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