The robust Vietnamese press in Silicon Valley has always played by its own rules, and a post on the blog Little Saigon Inside provided a particularly salacious example recently.
The author, Vinh Nguyen, points out that the Vietnam Daily Newspaper went after District 7 City Council candidate Minh Duong before the June primary with articles that accused him of being pro-Communist while boosting long-shot candidate Patrick Phu Le with headlines like “Phu Le Has a Very Great Chance of Being in the Run-off” (Le captured 17.11 percent of the vote to Duong’s 24.07 percent).
Then Ngyuen takes off the gloves to spin his version of the scandalous tale of how VDN owners Can Nguyen and Quynh Thi acquired the paper in the first place.
“One story is that [Thi] started out as a secretary for the original owner of the newspaper. She had an affair with him and he ended up divorced [sic] his wife,” Vinh Nguyen writes breathlessly. “Later on she allegedly dumped him for he was much older than her. In distraught [sic], he went to Washington DC and set himself on fire.”
He accuses the current newspaper owners of only caring about the anti–Madison Nguyen movement and of a falling out with Vietnamese community leaders over who has the right to market Nu Skin beauty products. Love! Betrayal! Anti-aging serum!