Thursday, April 19, 2007

great news--extraordinarily important news--the free press sure is grand

Today there was a five minute segment on the local Sichuan news station about a tree falling down. Nobody died. It did hit a car and scrape the windows of a few apartments, but it didn't cause any serious material damage. The intrepid reporters braved the local apartment complex to interview locals affected by the event and then, really showing off their investigative journalism skills, went outside and discovered that the tree fell because of termites living in it.

Again, this was a five minute segment on the main news channel in a province is roughly the size and population of Germany.

The real reason why China needs a free press is so that the news isn't boring.

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