December 1st, 2010
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(CNN) – Jimmy Lai’s Next Media is at it again.

The billionaire entrepreneur and media tycoon is no stranger to ruffling feathers, earning the ire of politicians in Hong Kong, China and Taiwan with his provocative and often racy publications.

His most recent gambit is animated news, which mixes real news footage with dramatization of often unverified version of events. The venture garnered international attention earlier this year with its version of the Tiger Woods car crash and golf club incident.

The latest video – an explainer of the Irish financial crisis and EU bailout, complete with a character representing the EU forcing Ireland to take cash at gunpoint.

Stereotype warning! Does the video include:

A leprechaun and a pot of gold? Check.

Potato characterization of the Irish diet? Check.

Line dancing a la “Riverdance”? Check.

Image of Prime Minister Brian Cowen drinking Guinness beer at his desk? Check.

Jimmy Lai and Next Media will never be accused of subtlety, but the video does gives a fairly involved explainer of why foreign multinationals were drawn to do business in Ireland.

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  1. Daniella Ashkenazy

    Just to set the record straight. Next Media is not the only boy on the block.

    At the same time, Chelm-on-the-Med©- Online – an open source website ( of zany news from Israel was ALSO busy developing an animated news wing forT elevision. Without a $30 M R&D budget and 200 employees. Four Israelis – myself included – developed A FAR MORE SUPERIOR PRODUCT in our spare time on PCs and on spec!

    Anyone who wants to see a SERIOUS use of animated news segments that can TRULY challenge traditional means of presenting news on television, check out the "demo" for this Israeli initiative at

    The 'model' is applicable to any odd news beat – not just Israel.

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