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Chinese State Newspaper Blasts NYTimes Over Wen Story

China's Premier Wen Jiabao  May 13, 2012 file photo.China's Premier Wen Jiabao May 13, 2012 file photo.
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China's Premier Wen Jiabao  May 13, 2012 file photo.
China's Premier Wen Jiabao May 13, 2012 file photo.
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A state-controlled Chinese newspaper is lashing out at the New York Times, just days after the U.S. paper published a story reportedly exposing the hidden wealth of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao's family.

The People's Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Communist Party, said Monday in a combative article in its Chinese-language edition that the Times could not be trusted because of its history of "faking" and "distorting" news.

The lengthy article did not respond directly to the Friday story about Wen's finances. Instead, it focused on what it described as "an explosion in plagiarism and fabrication" by the Times, mentioning the past cases of journalists Jayson Blair and Zachery Kouwe.

The Chinese government quickly blocked the Times' website Friday after it published the results of a months-long investigation that found Wen's family controlled $2.7 billion in assets.

Wen's family has rejected the report. The family's lawyer said in a statement in the South China Morning Post the "so-called hidden riches" documented by the Times do not exist. It warned that the family reserves the right to take legal action against the paper.

The story threatened to shatter the public image of the prime minister, who is known as "Grandpa Wen" for his reputation as a compassionate, reformist leader with a modest background.

It was also a major embarrassment for the Communist Party, which has vowed to crack down on corruption following widespread public anger over several high-profile scandals.

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by: Adam from: China
October 31, 2012 4:40 AM
Who's telling the truth? The public possesses slim indepth information and bulk of speculation with the true story,whether it's propaganda or not,history will tell us something.


by: Jonathan Huang from: canada
October 30, 2012 12:26 PM
the difference between China and USA is that in China if a government official is getting rich, that is suspicious, but in USA, if a government official is getting rich, that is normal. How much money Romney is making every year? anyone is wandering about that?

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by: Jonathan Wang from: CHINA
October 30, 2012 11:43 PM
i DO think you should back to China.don't stay in canada anymore


by: John from: china
October 30, 2012 8:23 AM
"The Times could not be trusted because of its history of "faking" and "distorting" news." The Peoples Daily had a decade full of lies during the 1966-1976 period, shall we trust it still?
"the family reserves the right to take legal action against the paper."why only reserve the right? If the Times lied, if Wen is clean,sue it! otherwise, the chinese people will suspect!

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by: Yisheng from: USA
October 30, 2012 12:27 PM
Both are guilty of propaganda and not telling the truth, look at the NT times when it comes to Palestine it just follow the Israeli government leads and never question the killing or the policy of the occupation , and the People Daily is the party newspaper been created to spread propaganda. One sophisticated the other crude but both smell the same.

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