Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Nothing to see her . . . move along

The cadres have returned to a tried-and-true method for dealing with any hiccups on the way to the Olympic propaganda bonanza: deny they exist.

Concerns over human rights and broken promises to improve them before the Games (The Epoch Times and First Post)? Launch ad hominem attacks against the authors (BBC and CNN). Pollution still choking the capital city (International Herald Tribune)? Just call it something else (Boycott 2008). A new book out on Mao and the CCP? Try to strong-arm the publisher into editing it (Epoch Times).

With a little overseas intimidation to keep the exiles quiet (Epoch Times) and some more mischief by the Korean colony (One Free Korea) thrown in, the regime is hoping to keep everyone confused enough to simply be blown away by the August festivities.

It just might work - at least as far as the rest of the world is concerned. Once the Chinese people see the inevitable post-Olympics corruption scandals, it could be a very different story.

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