Saturday, July 14, 2012

Nguoi Viet Newspaper and Its New Saga

Another controversy at Nguoi-Viet Daily  has been keeping Phan Huy Dat, CEO and Publisher, very busy writing mea-culpa to the anti-communist activists in Little Saigon, Orange County.  

Apparently, in an op-ed piece sent by a reader was published last Sunday.  The piece denigraded the overseas community as coward and the ex-military people are nothing but defeated soldiers with no purposes.  What made the matter worse is that the writing went on to glorify the communist regime and their victory over the South Vietnam government.

Of course, with a history of stirring the hornet's nest,  Nguoi-Viet has been receiving a deluge of negative responses from the Internet. 

The mistake was to have the op-ed piece to be published.  The person responsible for the weekend publication was Vu Qui Hao Nhien.    Of course, his position as assisstance editor-in-chief was terminated.  

As readers recalled,  Vu Qui Hao Nhien was first to let go after the foot-path pan incidence 4 years ago.  He was responsible for allowing the picture to be published.  Vu then started the blog Bolsavik while teaching math at a local community college.  He was however hired back to Nguoi-Viet about 2 years ago.  

Just a bit of background to appreciate the irony of Nguoi-Viet's latest controversy -

After surviving a turbulence period that saw the release of the infamous pictures of the principal founder,  Do ngoc Yen, meeting with the many high level communist officials in 1998 and the foot-bath pan controversy, Nguoi-Viet  has been trying very hard to stay on the right side of the anti-communist extremists for the last 3 years.  However, its reputation was tarnished and they went through an internal purge.  

The newspaper has ever since sees its revenue declined steadily and recently asked its employees to take another 10% paycut. The decline is partly due to the poor economy but also the result of stiff competition by the proliferation of TV networks and radio shows in Little Saigon in the last 2 years.