Should Have Known Better Than To Trust The NY Times: China 'Protest' Hangups Story Is Bunk
from the they-want-me-to-pay-for-this? dept
Earlier this week, we wrote about a report in the NY Times of people in China having their phone calls cut off mid-call when someone says the word “protest.” In our comments, many people questioned whether or not this was true, and with good reason. It now turns out that the story appears to be complete bunk. A bunch of folks in China have been testing this and can find no evidence to support it. In fact, one of the reporters who worked on that article commented on that link to say that he, too, tested it and could not confirm it. Yet… the NY Times published it anyway.
Yes, we should have known better than to trust a NY Times trend piece that opens with a cute and perfect anecdote. I apologize.
In fact, we’ve called the NY Times out for this same thing in the past. They love to start stories with “perfect” anecdotes that do not appear to have much basis in reality. But they want us to sign up for their paywall to pay for this kind of “reporting”?