I have generally avoided Asian media outlets with a focus on home here in North America. But then this year’s flooding in China happened. What an eye opener!
With such a large amount of Bitcoin miners I was very interested to find out where flooding was occurring, if there was was still large scale physical locations of Bitcoin mining, and where are the concentrations located. China is very big and not all weather impacts the whole country. For example, the north is in a drought while the south flooded this year.
The Search for Reliable Information
This seems like an easy task but it was not because Chinese state media keeps news on a short-leash. In the end I spent a couple days on Twitter finding accounts with ground level info and videos. I then double and triple checked the information they were Tweeting to make sure it was real and finally found 6 accounts that seemed to be posting legitimate information.
An Introduction via Protests
This is where the South China Morning Post came in to play. During the last year and a half of protests & demonstrations in Hong Kong I mainly followed the Hong Kong Free Press. They seemed fair and the coverage was so good that I didn’t feel there was a need for many sources to bog down the info stream. I did read a bit from the SCMP so I was aware of the headline and writing styles.
Once the 2nd wave of flooding began to ravage Central China in the beginning of Summer I took in any Asian media I could scour for flooding reports. This of course lead me back to the South China Morning Post. But something was different. After nearly 1.5 years of protests and a strong legislative move towards Beijing based policy even this classic pro-independence publication had a clear shift is coverage and language.
What bothers me about the SCMP is that it was not a Pro-Communist publication, but it is clearly drifting. The South China Morning Post is not listed as state sponsored but it essentially has become that. Reporters are still trying to do good, but the editors have changed the narrative.
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Disclosure. The author does not own any Alibaba or corporate instruments that are leverage for against any Asian entities listed in the article.