China Snubs Obama Town Hall

16 11 2009

From: The Globe and Mail, 2009

In a very typical and anticipated move, China has decided not to allow millions of Chinese citizens to hear the President of the United States speak when he visited the country today.

The national television station, the Central China Television Network, will not be broadcasting a ‘town hall’ type question and answer period with 500 chinese students in Shanghai. The event will be broadcast on local Shanghai television and on the website of the official Xinhua News station. These two sources will broadcast the event uncensored. But these two news stations aren’t exactly accessible to the country as a whole. The US State Department plans to run feeds of the talk on Twitter, which China says it will allow access to, though as it stands, internet censorship in China does not allow access to Twitter, Facebook, or even Google. 

Why the reluctance to allow citizens to hear President Obama speak? They allowed Clinton to speak uncensored – George W Bush too. Maybe it’s because of quotes that supported those who “faced down facism and communism”. Or his warnings that go something like, “those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent know that you are on the wrong side of history”.

A bit more on this in: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/china-restricts-obamas-qa/article1364342/

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20 11 2009
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I don’t know why they are keeping his comments quiet. He’s a corrupt and deceitful socialist. O should fit right in.

Maybe it’s because the Chinese are moving toward free markets these days and O is moving away from them. Maybe seeing O on TV every 15 minutes for the last year is enough. Everyone is sick of him. Maybe they want to show O how easy it is to control a population through restricted access to communications and technology – now O can take that home and put it into practice. Maybe it’s because O’s economics will inflate the US out of its debt rendering big damage to its largest creditor and they are just ticked about that happening.

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