Posted On: Thursday - June 13th 2019 10:58AM MST
In Topics:   History  China  Media Stupidity
Since our 1st post on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square movement, I've read a little bit of revisionism, pointed out by Ron Unz on his site, referring to an article from a decade after the protests and violence. This post is just a quick comment on that.
One Jay Mathews calls the whole thing a myth, but pretty much all he had to say was that the violence wasn't all in the square, most shootings by the Chinese army were in different locations, and that more rebellious workers were shot than students. Okay, fine. I do remember that the local workers supported the students, and the Chinese big wigs would have been much more worried about the movement going countrywide at that level. There were, and still are, a cool BILLION Chinese workers, but you can always kick a few 10's of thousands of students out of school - for good. Now, that I've read it, I see that Mr. Mathews' article name, "The Myth of Tiananmen", is itself a load of misdirection!
Keep in mind, CNN had not gotten all it's Lyin' Press mojo up yet by 1989 and all those reporters wanted to film, film, film... live footage of shit happening in China. Mr. Mathews, during the Clinton administration, was part of the pro-China slant that is nothing but the extension of their century-long pro-Communism slant.
Through the smoke and confusion at the time, and from 30 years of confusioning of the story by various parties with different agendas, I can't say I know the whole story, but I get the gist of it.
Anyway, one would have to BE in China and speak to lots of people who were there (not necessarily in Peking, as the movement was widespread) to get the details. 30 years later, even in China, you'd have to weigh the stories carefully. This is all nothing new - my Dad told me, well it was many years ago, "Believe half of what you read and one quarter of what you hear."