“A fair few were drunks, philanderers and frauds and more than one was a spy,” writes Paul French in Through the Looking Glass, a book about China’s foreign correspondents from the Opium Wars to Mao. “They changed sides, they lost their impartiality, they displayed bias and a few were downright scoundrels and lairs of the first order.”
And like so, French also neatly articulates exactly what Xinhua thinks of today’s foreign correspondents: scoundrels and liars, all of them, who crane their parched throats and bat chapped lips at the teats of the CCP, happy for nubbins of detail, morsels of data, a mere whiff of that divine scoop.
To Xinhua, as titular an organization as you’ll find (emphasis on tit), foreign correspondents deserve scraps and nothing more. And you’ll be happy about it, you philandering drunks! Which, we think, is why they announced Bo Xilai’s criminal charges and the date of the National Congress on a Friday evening before a major holiday. Foreign correspondents weren’t too happy about that. But hey, what are they gonna do? Tweet about it?Powered by Wordpress Plugins - Get the full version!