Ping Fu Controversy II – The Elite vs. the People

Huffington Post, Tina Brown’s Daily Beast, and Fox News
What do these three news outlets have in common? They would uphold their ideology at any expense. Truth be damed.

A while back, i read an article where the author was concerned that the US liberal left was being compromised with their commitment to political correctness. I didn’t fully undertand what that meant then. Turned out 2013 would be the year that i understand that point of view.

First Kathryn Bigelow didn’t get the nomination of best director while she obviously demonstrated a much superior directing work than those who did get nominated.

Then the Ping Fu controversy.

Given the mounting evidence and discrepancy in Ping Fu’s book, Bend, not Break; and the obvious grassroot nature of the Amazon.com reviewers, Tina Brown’s Daily Beast, instead of addressing the unanswered questions with facts, continues to sensationalize and mislead. Yesterday even Sir Harry Evans joined the fun, calling Amazon critics “hired by Chinese government Communist Party”, “Paid 50 cents for each post”, without a shred of proof. So much for “been knighted by the British Crown for services to journalism.”

Sir and Lady Evans loom large over the Western Media, they would like to silence any dissent from their own party line. The rest of US media just look on without a word? How sad is that? And i thought Chinese main stream media was bad. Whenever there were large number of detractors inside China, the Chinese Communist Party Media will always invoke the proverbial “foreign anti-revolutionary elements”. Turned out the US media works exactly the same way. Even the accusation were similar. Did they all go to the same journalist school?

I’ve been reading up on Lady Evans career. It is ironic that she is struggling to find Daily Beast a place in today’s digital media landscape. Yet, she didn’t even get how open internet works, and calling Amazon naive with its openness. Daily Beast’s defense for Ping Fu and Meimei Fox’s tweets have proved that they asked Amazon to take down the hundreds of 1-star review repeatedly and Amazon won’t agree to that. (Bravo to Amazon!)

How lucky we are to live in today’s world, where grassroot people could have a voice even when the Media Elites want to silence them. Yet, how fragile this freedom can be. Lady Evans’ troll in the name of Van Harris has started threatening the Amazon book reviewers with lawsuits after calling them KKK. Sounds like they are threatening to sue Amazon as well. Shouldn’t they be suing the Chinese government (United State’s banker) instead? Since they have been so sure it is all organized by the Chinese Communist Party?

We all know Lady Evans have great backers among the rich and powerful, who had let her burn through 54 million in 3 years for her failed Talk Magazine. How much will she be willing to spend to silence Ping Fu’s critics this time?

The only good news is Ping Fu’s salacious memoir hasn’t been selling that well. Amazon sales numbers indicated that the books sell better whenever Ping Fu has a TV interview aired. Will she dare to take another interview with the unanswered questions mounting? If not, how will they keep selling the book?

A bit of fun review of Lady Evans’ current endeavor, no wonder her troll is working so hard on Amazon, it is Daily Beast’s signature move!

Brown had herself officially become an institution, and it wasn’t one she could exactly go about disrupting.

Newsweek, on the other hand, was a brand very much in need of a shakeup. But the problem was that Brown’s own editorial bones had gotten a bit creaky. Despite her enthusiasm for her web-only project, The Daily Beast, Brown hasn’t been able to keep up with the very media landscape she helped to create. We’re living in the high era of buzz (c.f. industry leader Buzzfeed), in which everyone is grabbing for attention in almost precisely the way Brown used to do (Now you build this person up! Now you tear her down!), and, arguably, the low-level chatter about stories has overtaken the stories themselves. To get their attention, Brown’s been forced to resort to what all those chatterers have labeled trolling (though, to her credit, often of a particularly imaginative bent): the Michelle Bachmann eyes, the gay Obama cover, the ghost of Princess Di, the Heaven Is Real argument. If they look like moves of desperation that’s because, well, they are. Former employees say that Brown had, quite clearly, lost her confidence. Many of her editorial decisions look more like catchup than agenda-setting: her recent efforts to amp up coverage of philanthropy, politics, and feminism seem driven more by her rivalry with Arianna Huffington than by any particular moral or intellectual imperatives. According to a former employee and Brown fan, “Tina didn’t have good concepts by the end, so she just started attacking public figures.”
Buzz Changed. Tina Brown Didn’t.

She apparently has broadened her attack from public figures to Amazon book reviewers now.