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No Yards
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posted 23 April 2006 02:20 PM      Profile for No Yards   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Now here's a wonderful example of free speech in the USA .... a women who heckled the Chinese president at a White house appearance, is now being charged ... what this article leaves out, but what was reported on CNN TV is that the heckler started the heckling right after Bush criticized China for its record on free speech.

Of course CNN is also saying "you couldn't do that in China" .... although I'm not sure I understand where getting arrested for speaking in the USA is somehow better than getting arrested for speaking in China.


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Michelle
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posted 23 April 2006 02:33 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Great. So CNN figures that because China censors free speech, so should the US?

I've never understood that argument.


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No Yards
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posted 23 April 2006 03:11 PM      Profile for No Yards   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
I'm not sure what CNN believes, but when they reported this incident, they reported that Bush had just finished criticizing China for free speech violations, but only it seems to point out the "entry point" used by the women to start her protest ... they never let on for a second that there was any irony in the situation at all ... matter of fact, they explained how because of where the woman was located, it took the Secret service 3 minutes to reach her and shut her up, and somehow implied that this was some indication of how free speech is tolerated in the USA ... as though the incompetence of their ability to shut down free speech was a positive example of how free speech is tolerated in the USA.

Bazarro world I tell you.


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Fear-ah
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posted 23 April 2006 03:22 PM      Profile for Fear-ah        Edit/Delete Post
quote:
Originally posted by No Yards:
Now here's a wonderful example of free speech in the USA .... a women who heckled the Chinese president at a White house appearance, is now being charged ...


I shall add:
Secret Service Officers Remove CNN Producer from Hu Photo-Op For Asking Question

President Hu can’t suppress dissent in the United States like he does in China, but the Bush adminstration is helping out where it can.

According to a CNN Wire report, CNN producer Joe Vaccarello was removed by Secret Service officers “from covering a private meeting Friday at Yale University after calling out a question about whether Chinese President Hu Jintao had seen protesters lined up outside”:

Vaccarello was told he had broken a rule against asking questions at the “photo op,” during which Hu and Levin exchanged gifts and Hu met with four students. Vaccarello was escorted from the building by members of the Secret Service who were escorting people in and out of the building.

Vaccarello said he had not been told he could not ask questions at the event.

A Yale spokeswoman actually defended the producers’ removal, calling the talk a “very intimate event” and claiming that “[e]very other reporter knew the ground rules.”

ThinkProgress.org

Well luckily we live in Canada where this thing won't happen (APEC) and I am sure that new CBC china bureau will give us all the news that Chinese government officials and Team Canada think is important.


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Heavy Sharper
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posted 25 April 2006 05:41 PM      Profile for Heavy Sharper        Edit/Delete Post
Is anybody else hoping that some Taidu or Tibetan radicals crash airplanes into the Forbidden City's government buildings?

[ 27 April 2006: Message edited by: Heavy Sharper ]


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