Stephen Nessen, Reporter, WNYC News
Stephen Nessen reports for the WNYC Newsroom and can often be heard live on Morning Edition.
Former aides to comptroller and mayoral hopeful John Liu were convicted on charges linked to illegal campaign fundraising Thursday – and the story is being written differently in the Western and Chinese media.
The story is splashed on the cover of the two main Chinese newspapers in New York City, but not mentioned on the front pages of the city's English-language tabloids.
The New York Post refers to Liu as an “embattled” politician while the Hong Kong-based World Journal refers to Liu as "a model Chinese politician."
But the Journal cautions that overseas businessman may be reluctant to raise money for Liu for fear of being investigated.
And the Singapore-based New Tang TV is critical of Liu, saying "It is clear that Liu knew” about the rules violations.
Liu denies any wrongdoing and was not charged in the case.