A “Taiwan Media Forum” was hosted at UCLA recently. For those of us longtime foreign media watchers, you’ll get a kick out of this:

Los Angeles — Students and journalists participated in a discussion about U.S. media relations with Taiwan at a panel last Friday that featured former CNN Beijing Bureau Chief Mike Chinoy and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) communications studies professor Tom Plate.

The two veteran journalists spoke on a panel, hosted by Plate’s newly formed UCLA Media Center, about Taiwanese development, the nature of its media and the ways in which the U.S. media covers Taiwanese issues.

“Taiwanese media is less censored now. They have shaken off the shackles of authoritarianism. It’s a remarkably free place compared to the rest of Asia,” Chinoy said.

Both speakers agreed that Taiwanese reporters are young, bold and tackle controversial and sensitive issues; Plate described Taiwanese journalists as “highly-competitive, commercial and ‘tabloidy.’”

Taiwanese news outlets are often partisan, unlike major U.S. media outlets such as The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, which take a more balanced view, Plate said.

There’s much here that is quite comical (citing the NYT and WSJ as example of “balance?”) but this one really had me ROFLMAO. Here’s the media forum on Taiwan repeating the basic error of all foreign media commenting on Taiwan: they go to the Beijing bureau chief. Here’s a revolutionary thought — brace yourself — why not invite someone from Taiwan to comment on the Taiwan media and the foreign media?

No, that would be too earthshaking.

UPDATE: Maddog has the complete write up here atTaiwan Matters.