Why CCTV Coverage of Hurricane Sandy Shouldn’t Be Criticized

Hurricane Sandy flooding on the east coast of the United States.

Hurricane Sandy flooding on the east coast of the United States.

The following post was amongst the hottest today on the popular Chinese Sina Weibo microblogging service, with over 51k reshares/forwards and 13k comments spanning over 650 pages so far and climbing rapidly…

From Sina Weibo:

@安普若-安校长: I think we shouldn’t criticized CCTV for its extensive coverage of the America’s Hurricane Sandy situation. So many children and relatives of government leaders, including the children of the various big and small leaders within CCTV itself, are all studying abroad or working in America, with New York and the East Coast further being where many leaders’ children are concentrated. With a hurricane this big, if CCTV doesn’t report it, would you have the leaders go watch English CNN? The leaders are also parents, with the long-suffering heart of parents, right? What CCTV is doing is a good thing.

CCTV news report about Hurricane Sandy affecting the East Coast United States.

A satellite view of Hurricane Sandy on the east coast of the United States of America.

Comments from Sina Weibo:


So this is the real reason…the poor government leaders.


CCTV is so filial.


How could China’s leaders not care about America? There is family there!


I think our government should donate money to America, wait until they’ve restored/rebuilt their home, then manufacture artillery to attack our Diaoyu Islands!


Don’t they usually report disasters that are more serious than usual?

A lone pedestrian buffeted in the rain and wind as Hurricane Sandy hits the eastern seaboard of the Untied States.


There are a lot of very outstanding Chinese people and America has the world’s best higher educational institutions, the largest economic system, so Chinese-Americans excelling there is a good thing. Even if their parents used to be corrupt officials or unscrupulous businessmen, of bad backgrounds and guilty of serious wrongdoing, if their next generation being in American can be infected by the ideals of freedom and democracy, then use their various efforts to give back to China, that too is a good thing…


Yep, too ignorant, do people not know that for some people, that [America] is their motherland [true country]?


Like I was saying, every channel on television was reporting about the hurricane in America, it’s even more important than the Diaoyu Islands matter.


When 70 people died in Beijing [during a recent rainstorm in July], we didn’t even see this much urgency!


Hehe, they can’t report domestic affairs, and now they’re not allowed to report some foreign affairs either?

Hurricane Sandy flooding on the east coast of the United States.


CCAV most sympathizes with the people’s hearts, and even more with the leadership.


Criticizing someone without using expletives, now that’s an art!


Out of humanitarian consideration, I won’t criticize CCTV this time. I just hope that in the future it will treat equally the children of the leaders and cadres and those of the ordinary people.


When government leaders check the weather reports, first they look at Beijing, second New York, third Sydney. Definitely a view of the whole world.


All we can blame is our own children for not being in America.


The leaders are the sons of the people, so their children abroad would be our grandchildren, and we should care about them too!

Hurricane Sandy flooding on the east coast of the United States.


Use the humanism of the revolution to care about [these] class enemies.


Indeed indeed, CCTV’s flattery [of the higher-ups, government officials] is very well done!


I’m reminded of a joke my friend once told: If the Lianghui [Two Meetings] were held in September, then I bet a lot of people would request leave, because they have to send their children off to America [for the start of the school year].


Actually, America is just one province of China, so there should be reporting.


There are also the houses and cars the leadership cares about, and whether or not they’ll be destroyed by the hurricane.


This must be forwarded! Because it is both very justified and what more is the actual truth.

What do you think? Is there an unreasonable amount of coverage on CCTV about Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the United States?

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Hurricane Sandy flooding on the east coast of the United States.

Devastation on the eastern seaboard of the United States after Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy aftermath in the United States.

A fleed of yellow taxicabs flooded after Hurricane Sandy.

Debris on American streets after Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy flooding on the east coast of the United States.

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Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

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