CCTV’s Anchor Gives the Finger
When Wen Jing, an anchorwoman of Communist Party’s
official media, China Central Television (CCTV),
reported the Bo Hai Sea Oil Spill, she remarked that the petroleum companies should be held accountable.
The scene was suddenly cut when the displeased anchor
seemed to raise her middle finger to protest.
This video was widely spread online and many netizens
praised her for her conscience.
They also heavily criticized the CCTV.
According to the video, the CCTV Live News was reporting
the “Bo Hai Sea Oil Spill” and presenting pictures about
how workers were clearing away the oil.
When anchorwoman Wen Jing was still commenting,
the scene was suddenly cut and
changed to another propaganda film.
“Conoco Phillips Oil Company should be held
responsible for the spill,
because it was the operator of the Penglai 19-3 oilfield,
when the spill happened. We can temporarily put aside…”
The video showed that Wen Jing looked angry
and seemed to raise her right middle finger.
After 1 to 2 seconds, she got back her usual smile and
reported the next piece of news calmly.
Some netizens believe that the scene was changed
by the program director or higher officials
when Wen Jing expressed her dissatisfaction.
Some netizens praised her for her conscience and
criticized the CCTV for its “harmonization.”
A netizen said on Zhong Hua Forum: “The anchorwoman
shouldn’t be blamed, people like them still have conscience.
The CCTV can cut news being reported,
even the Dalian Incident!”
Some netizens said that the scene was cut when
Wen Jing was harshly criticizing the oil company,
probably the CCTV had to cover the company up
for “harmonization” purposes.
The Bo Hai Sea oilfield exploited jointly
by China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC)
and Conoco Phillips leaked in June.
The incident was reported half a month after the fact and
people criticized the authorities for intentionally hiding it.
Whether Wen Jing was using the gesture to express her
dissatisfaction is only known to her.
But the mass protest previously happened in Dalian
against the government and the toxic PX plant,
indicated that people were extremely angry.
Meanwhile, several CCTV anchors also publicly expressed
their dissatisfaction after Wenzhou High-speed Rail Crash.
Bai Yansong criticized the high-speed rail and spokesman
Wang Yongpin in “News 1+1”, but the program was cut.
Wang Qinglei, the producer of CCTV’s “24 hours” program,
was suspended after the train crash for
expressing anger towards the current situation in China.
“Could you give us a safe train and don’t bury the head first
when severe train accidents happen!”
Recently, many Chinese media persons set off
a “protest wave” to express their opinions and dissatisfaction.
The Southern Metropolitan News in Guangzhou criticized
the train accident with foul language.
The Shanghai’s Youth Daily’s headline was almost empty,
with only a picture worth a thousand words.
It was Wen Jiabao presenting flowers,
bowing on the spot, the numbers of the two bulletin trains,
and a line beneath: 20:34, 7/23/2011.
This special way touched many people and
the newspapers were sold out that day.
The Shanghai’s “Oriental Morning Post” used only words,
large margins and varied character sizes
to express their dissatisfaction.
Also, Guangzhou’s Southern Metropolitan News
used a all-black front page to introduce
its special 16-page coverage, with
a main title “Truth Is The Best Memorial.”
Editorials like The Cuckoo Lament and
To Grieve Over The Victims and
Questioning The Persons of Responsibility, publicly
expressed their dissatisfaction to the authorities.
Wang Xin, the anchor of Guizhou TV Station,
questioned the promises of Ministry of Railways
about the high-speed railways in “The Xin News”
program on channel 5.
He choked up with sobs at the end of the program.
UK’s Independent previously cited the words
of Kerry Brown, Head of Asia Program at
Royal Institute of International Affairs in UK,
who stated the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is broken.
In the age of information revolution,
CCP’s centralization policy was cast aside.
NTD reporters Lin Huixin and Wang Mingyu