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February 11, 2009

Moving forward in harmony

China's bloggers celebrate the failure of their state media to report on their own problems. Their towering inferno, for example.

Wang Xiaofeng, a popular blogger, could not help noting that CCTV employees had accidentally created one of the biggest stories of the year and then failed to cover it. “They didn’t feel the urgency to report the news, even though the fire was up to their eyebrows,” he wrote. “In this case of breaking news, the official media has been defeated by the citizen media.”

Even if they lamented the death of a firefighter, other bloggers were almost gleeful over the network’s misfortune. Some said they were happy to see the demise of a building that had come to symbolize the government’s Olympian extravagance. Others noted with self-satisfaction that the charred structure was also intended to house recording studios for CCTV.

With tongue-in-cheek humor, another writer, Chaindrive, tried to find a silver lining in the fire. The rebuilding effort, he said, would mean more jobs for unemployed migrants, more money spent on construction materials and a lift for the economy.

“Businesses will have new customers and our government officials will have new opportunities to take bribes,” he wrote. “To make up the loss, we taxpayers will pay more, but our G.D.P. will go up and society will move forward in harmony.”

The tone sounds eerily familiar.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 11, 2009 03:47 AM


There will be a time when the Chicom gov't falls, just like the Soviets. I hope I'm alive to see it.

Posted by: harrison [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 11, 2009 07:45 AM