Chinese Sanitize & Stifle Olympics Coverage
August 6, 2008 9:36 AM
With the Summer Olympics just two days away, don’t expect to see the real China as NBC broadcasts the controversial events on its various media outlets.
I’m not just talking about the street vendors who have been displaced, the painted walls covering buildings and slums that the Chinese government doesn’t want the outside world to see, or the removal of dog entrees from about 125 restaurants.
Nor am I just talking about how Chinese citizens cannot drive and how the government has shut down factories, both efforts to abate the Communist nation’s notorious air pollution.
I’m talking about how the Chinese government has shut down access to certain Internet sites that it has deemed inappropriate for journalists covering the event. Clearly the Chinese are not living up to certain promises they made that journalists would have unrestricted access during the games.
Bunk. The latest crackdown of media coverage is that reporters now have to make appointments to report and film in Tiananmen.
I hope the International Olympic Committee has learned something from this fiasco. But I doubt that, don’t you?
And I’m double disappointed that our two presidential candidates are spending millions on ad dollars to get in the face of American viewers.