Tuesday, August 19, 2008

[The Chosun Ilbo, July 8 2008] When Broadcasters Curry Favor with Netizens

MBC TV’s "News Who" program showed an Internet page containing an article by a Netizen which claims that Korea’s three major conservative newspapers reported on the danger of mad cow disease during the Roh Moo-hyun administration, but reversed their tone since the inauguration of the new administration. The program had not verified the accuracy of its data.

"I was chuffed to see my article aired by 'News Who.' I'm posting it again so that those who haven't seen it can take a look at it,” the Netizen said in a message on portal Daum's Agora platform right after "News Who" aired the program, entitled "Cho-Joong-Dong vs. Netizens" on Saturday night. The article was his own compilation of news stories on mad cow disease in the Chosun, JoongAng and Dong-A dailies since the 1990s; it ignored columns from the time that stressed the need not to overstate the danger of BSE.

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