While the mirror of the Olympics reveals the true face of the politicians who are now in charge of Taiwan, forgetting their own status and genuflecting to China at any opportunity, the question is whether Taiwanese are aware and vigilant enough to see what the mirror shows.
When broadcasting Olympic events, some Taiwanese TV stations have cut away for news or commercial breaks at key moments, putting profits above the rights of the viewer. Some broadcasters do not even seem to understand the sports they are covering.
The Taiwanese media’s greedy and conceited attitude is nothing new, but the Beijing Olympics have brought their failings into focus once again.
Lu Shih-hsiang is an adviser to the Taipei Times.
TRANSLATED BY JULIAN CLEGG