Tuesday, January 26, 2010
The virtue of a "Free Press" is that it allows diversity of opinions. The weakness of a controlled press is that it doesn't. This is where China's latest self-protection attempts have failed. Coordinated propaganda lacks credibility. From a tactical point of view, the Chinese government would have been better off had it left one or two newspapers alone to say what their editors were thinking. The more China tries to keep a united front, the harder it gets for government to control its citizenry. It is understandable that China wants stability. The country went through horrors in the 20th Century that killed tens of millions. No one in China's leadership wants to see that evil again. But, there is such a thing as trying too hard.