Danwei TV interviewed Paul Mooney, who first went to Asia while in the US Army in 1968 where he served in Vietnam. When he left the war, his interest in Asia followed. During the 10 minute (click the above link to watch) interview on Danwei TV, Mooney said he did not think the negative press in the US comes from editorial decisions.
He felt that the Western media does not have a bias toward China and that Barack Obama has more problems with the media than Hu Jintao does. Instead, what’s written in the West is due to people reading negative stories more than positive ones—proving, in my opinion, that Yellow Journalism is alive and mentally ill in the US.
Mooney has a BA in East Asian Studies, an M.I.A. in International Affairs, speaks Chinese and Vietnamese and has written for National Geographic Traveler, Knight-Ridder Financial News, Far Eastern Economic Review, Kyodo News Service, Asiaweek, Newsweek, Asian Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, Daily Beast, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Washington Post, etc. You may find some of Paul Mooney’s work here.
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