It’s tough being a Chinese press agency. It’s even tougher being the Chinese press agency. Everyone’s just waiting for you to stumble, people label you as a “mouthpiece”, call you “unethical” and “biased”, and dub you “pseudo-journalists”; but through it all you staunchly hold your head high and publish this:

Xinhua hybrid report

Xinhua editors must have felt the much-truncated rewrite of a Daily Mail article was lacking a bit of punch. Rather than add some generic “scientist and microscope” shot like the (boring old) Daily Mail did, Xinhua bravely chose to liven things up with, really the only thing you can, a photo of the naked human/non-human hybrid from Splice.

Is August some sort of goofy picture month in China media circles? It was almost exactly 4 years ago to the day that Xinhua used an image of Homer Simpson’s brain to illustrate a breakthrough in identifying the cause of multiple sclerosis.

Just one question, if Xinhua is the mouth-piece for the boys in Zhongnanhai, and they can pull off getting nipple on their Web site, does this mean everyone’s lightening up on nudity? Or must it be the human/non-human hybrid kind?


  1. Any Chinese read English news published by Xinhua Press Agency? No.
    Any youngsters read Chinese news published by Xinhua Press Agency? There read it for fun.

    • Not entirely sure what that means. That because it’s crap and no one reads it, it’s alright for the largest news agency in China to be complete bunk? Or just to be complete bunk in English? I would think that a country so concerned with image and face would want to be projecting a more “take me serious” image via their English-world facing news. But then, I suppose I’m on a twisted and ultimately circular path if I’m starting to find logic being applied to Chinese media and foreign relations.

  2. Remember the announcement by Xinhua about the glorious victory of Chinese scientists about Chinese cows producing human milk ? Guess what was in the cows genes.

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