Tom Miller Award Nominee: “Our Foreign Staff” at Telegraph
News title/claim: China dumps gold medallists from Olympics ‘for political reasons’
Comment: Some writers at this British newspaper need to learn English. “Politics” as in
office team politics =/= “political reasons”.
The entire basis of this Telegraph article’s title/claim is the following opening line from China Daily’s report “Team China sparks elation, devastation“:
The Olympics is a dream come true for the lucky few who secure their tickets. But it can be a nightmare for those on the bubble, forced out either by injuries, politics, or a country’s excess of qualified competitors.
The only example of an athlete bypassed in the Olympic roster due to “politics” is the exclusion of diver Tian Liang. Tian Liang’s conflict with the national diving team over his pursuit of commercial endorsement deals and entertainment career is widely reported and known in China. His story is detailed in the China Daily report and repeated in the Telegraph.
So, Telegraph, care to tell us which athlete is dropped due to “political reasons”?
Note: This award is given to the news report from one of the “serious” media companies that is best described as a sensational title/claim based on flimsy or less basis. It is named in honor of Tom Miller (South China Morning Post), who caused quite a stir with his, hmmm unconfirmed, story “Authorities order bars not to serve black people”. Suggestions for other nominations are welcome.
Further note: I understand that at some newspapers, the reporters write stories but not the titles. Does anyone know how it is practiced at Telegraph?
[Update] Well maybe it is alright for a journalist to equal office “politics” to “political” issues. If one works for the Onion News Network, that is.
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