Andy Borowitz & Xinhua; and 梁文道

According to New Yorker’s Andy Borowitz (see his bio below) that Xinhua News Agency, China’s official press agency has been reporting on his real fake news. It’s hilarious. In this video: on Dec 4 2013 @ 92Y, Borowitz lists a few fake news that were picked up by Xinhua 新华:

  1. Kim Jong-un: NK’s missile test was delayed by Windows 8. The report has since been taken down but you can still read from SCMP,  The Atlantic, CNET.
  2. Jeff Bezos: buying Washington Post: Amazon founder says he clicks on Post by mistake .. $250m on his Amex
  3. Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner… Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi is running … Dominique Strauss-Kahn

I dig a little, actually it’s Chinese daily 21st Century Business Herald, not Xinhua. And the WSJ report on Journalists at China’s 21st Century Business Herald Extorted Millions, State Media Says on 2014.09.11.

In any case, I thought of Leung Man-tao (梁文道 Liang Wendao) on 从抄袭来的《货币战争》看我们对无知的恐惧 (2014.09.09):

中国出版界过去几年来出现过很多怪现象,有时候我们看到一些书,摆明是抄袭的作品,但照样在市场上很好卖。

另外一种情况是虚构一些书出来。什么叫虚构?一些书会标榜自己是《纽约时报》畅销书,在全世界怎么样受到好评等等。你一看,是本翻译的书,作者是一个洋人的名字,你再仔细查下去,原来这本书根本不存在,《纽约时报》畅销书榜也从来没有这本书。这书明明就是一个中国人写的,却假托一个外国人的名字,说它是翻译回来的,还要假装它颇受好评是本畅销书。

Google translates:

Chinese publishing industry over the past few years there have been a lot of strange phenomenon, sometimes we see some books, just being plagiarized work, but still in the market to sell well.

Another is fiction books out. What is fiction? Some books will be advertised themselves as “New York Times” best-selling book in the world, like how well received and so on. You see, the translation of this book, the author is a foreigner’s name, you carefully investigation continues, the original book did not exist, “New York Times” bestseller list has never been this book. This book is obviously written by a Chinese person, but on the pretext of a foreigner’s name, it is a translation back, but also to pretend it is acclaimed bestseller.

Mr. Leung wrote that the book Currency War was plagiarized from documentary 《The Money Master》. When could China writes its own real stories?

Andy Borowitz is a New York Times best-selling author and a comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998. In 2001, he created the Borowitz Report, a satirical news column that has millions of readers around the world, for which he won the first-ever National Press Club award for humor. The Borowitz Report was acquired by The New Yorker in 2012. He has published two recent best-selling books: “The 50 Funniest American Writers,” which became the first title in the history of the Library of America to make the Times best-seller list; and a memoir, “An Unexpected Twist,” a No. 1 best-seller, which Amazon named the Best Kindle Single of 2012. His Twitter feed, @BorowitzReport, has more than half a million followers and was voted the best Twitter feed of 2011 in a poll by Time. As a comedian, he has performed sold-out shows around the world and has made countless television and radio appearances, on National Public Radio, VH1, and Comedy Central, among other places. He has been called a “Swiftian satirist” (the Wall Street Journal), “America’s satire king” (the Daily Beast), “the funniest human on Twitter” (the Times), and “one of the funniest people in America” (CBS News’ ”Sunday Morning”).

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