小北的不老歌

You see only what you want to see

Scanning through the China NPC-related news articles on English media sites, I thought it was odd to see how many photos had Chinese para-military and security personnel in them, even if the topic of the article had nothing to do with these men in uniforms. If a picture is worth a thousand words, I wonder what unspoken message these photos relay to their American readers. I guess it is human nature to see only what you want to see, but isn’t being a journalist all about seeing more than just what one wants to see? In that regard, these photos probably revealed much more about the photographers/editors themselves than about China.

Just as an example: there are 39 photos in the slide show here; about a third of these photos portray military officers, paramilitary personnel, or security guards in some way. Seems a bit excessive in an article about China’s NPC and active bank lending?

A few more examples:


Title of the article: China’s Soaring Bank Lending Stands Out in Global Downturn. It takes quite a bit of imagination to relate this photo to the topic.


Title of article: China Signals no Economic Overhaul.
Pictured: Security guards look down at the delegates.


Title of article: China Congress to Focus on Boosting Energy
Pictured: paramilitary officer standing next to cars. Ok, cars, energy. I get it. And these paramilitary officers are probably just so ubiquitous that one couldn’t take a picture without one of them filling up a third of the frame.

Comments (2)

  1. haha

    In all fairness, if you think CCTV’s reporting of the West is unbiased, you have stayed in the US for too long.

  2. fruitjojo

    however it’s true that we see more uniformed soldiers in beijing than say, in shanghai~…..~
    and even in nanjing, a military district headquarter, has relatively more soldiers~

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