Not once I’ve seen “respectable” news blogs or media online publications wannabe, just filling the space in order to keep daily posting alive. If you leave the announcement short, without too many insider details, avoiding to be too specific on what you already snatched from another respectable media publication, you avoid also the ridicule.
The problem appears when you try to correct the author with a polite comment, and tell him where the fault is. He can check, modify, and thank you after that. But the aloof ones just delete your comment, and only if they are not sure of what they publish, correct the fault or delete the faulty quote too.
It is happening on domestic blogs or publications trying to present foreign news without even checking them from at least three sources, and throwing sometimes “big words” like BBC, or The Huffington Post, and when they steal the so called news from some place more obscure, they don’t even bother to mention the source. I’ve seen it all the time, in Turkey or Romania, or United Kingdom and France, just to show you a parallel between different approaches.
The Turks are so imbibed with Turkishness, the educational level so low, that they don’t distinguish too much the differences between foreign countries. Television movies are dubbed in Turkish, so a common Turkish person rarely makes a difference between an English speaker or a French one. If he visits his dishwasher relatives in Germany, maybe he can tell if someone near him, in his village I mean, speaks German.
The British officials seem lately very anti-Romanians, and the inadvertences are many in the papers, regarding especially the confusion they deliberately do between Roma population and Romanians. The French are not far, even if Romanians consider themselves “Francophone”. Business and politics are always adapted to their times, so some sort of loyalty between nations I’ve recently seen prized on various Turkish online papers, with inner links going back forty to seventy years (Turkey and Indonesia, for sample, or Turkey and India, even if in this case the links are going back to the Moguls), is extremely rare.
I’ve seen the French preference for Hungarians (a nation interbred with Gypsies, unlike Romanians) in Romanians detriment. No problem, it doesn’t even touch me, my inner me. With a smile, the intelligent one can reply just “as you wish, Sir”.
I’m sorry when I see erroneous presented news on Romanian publications, because I feel sorry when I notice one of the most cosmopolite nations in the world feigning indifference to others and to what is really happening around its fragile lair.
I’m going in a future article to debate a little the notions of xenophobia, racism, terrorism, and other trends.
You know, I like people, and I care for them. I don’t encourage James Altucher’s affirmations like “Why should I care about the crisis in Greece or Portugal, when I have something happening in Long Island to care for?” Of course I’ve understood him perfectly, but it’s too “in your face”. If you’re compassionate, you care, you advise, you help, even if just with a few good words, am I right?
I look forward for your comments, no offense to James Altucher, Turks, Hungarians, British or Gypsies. Unlike others, I encourage the liberty of expression.
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