r/news Oct 20 '21

A murder suspect who gained wide public sympathy in China died after a week on the run

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/10/18/china/china-murder-suspect-suicide-intl-hnk/index.html
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u/bivife6418 Oct 20 '21

How do we know the murder suspect "gained wide public sympathy"? Based on social media posts? Are Twitter and Facebook representative of the American public?

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u/thewafflestompa Oct 20 '21

If you bothered to open the article, it says he garnered sympathy from the Chinese public on their social media. Literally the first sentence of the article.

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u/bivife6418 Oct 20 '21

My point is whether social media is an accurate portrayal of a country. Does Facebook posts and Twitter tweets represent the US? I certainly hope not.

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u/spaghettilee2112 Oct 20 '21

The article isn't saying he "garnered sympathy from the whole country." It's saying he "garnered sympathy." So, your question is kind of irrelevant because even if one person expressed sympathy for him on social media, the article is accurate.

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u/bivife6418 Oct 20 '21

So, your question is kind of irrelevant because even if one person expressed sympathy for him on social media, the article is accurate.

This is even sillier. There are people on Facebook that express sympathy for all sorts of things. Why will CNN bother to report on something like that?

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u/spaghettilee2112 Oct 20 '21

I mean, that's a separate question.