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CCTV cuts broadcast of Obama address

CCTV-News aired Barack Obama's inaugural address live until he spoke about how "earlier generations faced down fascism and communism," at which point the anchor scrambled to ask an analyst about US economic problems. Web portals followed suit. Via Hoiking and Milk Pig.

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Ah, how the Chinese (read as the CCP) wish their media to be able to influence people, sway thought to their direction, and win friends.

And then they continually pull the bumbling, heavy handed moron move, each and every time...

Don't crow too soon, Yankee imperialists. We will still bury you.

Wow, finally one country that didn't have to bear all the Obamania crap.

Lucky you, Chinese friends.

According to Anita Chang of Associated Press, the Chinese also didn't care for the bit about silencing dissent:

At one point, Obama said earlier generations "faced down communism and fascism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions." He later addressed "those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent — know that you are on the wrong side of history."

The Chinese translation of the speech, credited to the Web site of the official China Daily newspaper, was missing the word "communism" in the first sentence. The paragraph with the sentence on dissent had been removed entirely.

AP

From now on whenever anybody in Sichuan, Tiananmen, Guangdong, or anywhere else in China asks you about your opinion of Obama's inauguration speech, tell them you were inspired by the bit about those who silence dissent being on the wrong side of history.

I wonder what 2009's Chinese government censors think of Martin Luther King's famous 1963 "I Have A Dream" speech. Would they today edit the following 3 sentences: ...

Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.

There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?"

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!


not surprised, they even censored Wen Jiabao's words at CNN interview, I mean he is the goddamn Premier the second man in China and yet they had the guts to silence him.

so I think its obvious that the propaganda ministry is filled with paranoid old farts.

When I heard ""those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent — know that you are on the wrong side of history" I turned to my dear wife and said, "Glad we have CNN on the net, even if we have to put up with the Facebook trash." TV was the fallback position and I prayed that it wouldn't get to that. And it didn't. Thank the stars and surprisingly good connection speed. I mean, this is Tianjin; we get the national AND the local blocks. But we didn't have to put up with CCTV. Nice building, and its low brow reflects the client's philosophy of censorship in broadcast. Don't forget, it's an anti-skyscaper and those boys in the control booth take that very seriously.

As long as this country continues to treat it's citizens like they can't make their own decisions, they will remain incapable of doing so.

China is not doing its citizens a favor by censoring the "big bad outside world." What they're doing is creating a generation of insular, ignorant, and woefully self-centered people who have no idea what the outside world is really like.

Sounds like Bush-era America to me.

During the speech, many times was interrupted????
http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNjczNDEzMjQ=.html

As Chairman Mao once said 中宣部是阎王殿

央视是阎王殿 is also about right

overheard in the CCTV programming room:


"Oh shit! He's talking about us. Cut the feed! CUT THE FEED! ... Protect the MOTHERLAAAAAAAAND!!!"

... or something like that.

I see where you are coming from, Rob, but I feel that Bush-era America doesn't hold a candle to CCP's China. What's a perversion in the former, is a norm in the latter; in fact it's a core part of strategy to remain in power.

In a response on another blog, a commenter thought that deleting "communism" was understandable, since China still remains nominally a communist country. Whereas deleting that paragraph about dissent only draw attention to it, and in the eyes of many will be an admission of guilt. Wouldn't have been smarter to leave it there, and say "yes, we agree with with that"?

I am sure there are people smart enough in the CCP's propaganda machinery to do better than this, but paranoia always prevails. Understandably so: It's hard not to be paranoid, when everybody's after you...

Well, it is a better live show than the fucking Chinese football match.
Chinese media are making history by cutting the words which most Chinese don't understand.

This is just pathetic... especially deleting the offensive items in the transcripts. What can they possibly be thinking? Especially after the CNN/Tibet thing.

Like they say... if the shoe fits... Or maybe it's just a joke... Like, someone in the censoring department got to the "those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent" and thought 'Hey man, that's us!'

If I were at CNN I'd be having some fun with this...

The cut simultaneous to when he said "communism" so either it was purely coincidental or CCTV had a copy of the speech and knew when to cut the feed.

"What they're doing is creating a generation of insular, ignorant, and woefully self-centered people who have no idea what the outside world is really like.

Sounds like Bush-era America to me."---ROB

What? You can't have it both ways dude.

Your kind says well Bush made us all worse off which is false for many reasons. If Bush were so bad then reason says that it made us all more skeptical and thus more aware.

Your cliche remark about Americans not knowing what the outside world wants/is all about is so far off.

A slim majority of Americans voted in your little buddy here because they were listening to all the hype and popular opinion from abroad and this far-left media who spouted off their undying love of this their s*c**l*st darling.

It isn't Bush's America that is more like these "red" States...it is your big gov friend Olame-a. You Olameites shouldn't come crying to me when you realize how naive you really are. This guy and all his little followers are ruining America.

If it smells like B.O. it is probably B.O.---that ain't no B.S.

* I used this symbol in place of vowels for necessary mention of a very dirty word.

This is sad.

And stupid, as they cut out precisely the most beautiful part of the speech, the one that makes you dream of a better world:

"They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint."

"What they're doing is creating a generation of insular, ignorant, and woefully self-centered people who have no idea what the outside world is really like. Sounds like Bush-era America to me."

Actually, sounds like the America we have known since day 1. Don't blame everything on Bush. Obama is just another US president, the same old BS. America's self-righteousness didn't start with Bush and will not end with Obama.

I felt for the most part his speech was another repeat of his typical hollow campaign rhetoric without any substance whatsoever.

Of course the Chinese government's reaction is just pathetic as usual. What are they afraid of? Obama?

I wonder how this is different from using wrong subtitles and voice overs in PBS documentaries on China.

@BG -
There were advance copies of the speech posted on the web - for example at Foreign Policy's website, so it would not have been impossible. However, they cut out after the *translator* said "Communism" and also fumbled it greatly, so I find it unlikely that it was planned.

@Sarge: And a McCain/Palin presidency would have lifted America and Americans to a higher position????

Ho-Lee-Sheeeeit...

Do ignore the Sarge's silly spray, all, he's a troll from his screen name on up...

"@Sarge: And a McCain/Palin presidency would have lifted America and Americans to a higher position????

Ho-Lee-Sheeeeit..."---ANONYMOUS

NO but it would have been better. Besides I was/am/will always be a RON PAUL fan. F both the Republicans and especially the Democrats.

"Do ignore the Sarge's silly spray, all, he's a troll from his screen name on up..."---SGT'S LAUGHTER

Ignore me if you want but I am the only one here with a clear and rational head.
Bezerk O-lame-o is complete and utter nonsense spouting off crap after crap after more crap.

***I didn't know Danwei allowed personal insults as part of their commenting. Nonetheless I am for the ability of all of you to say what you want but keep it truthful. At 6 foot nothing I wouldn't really categorize myself as "troll-like"...maybe I have a face like a horse but short I am not.

The Chinese are the people that are supposed to upset us as the world's next superpower, and they're afraid of a few little words President Obama said? HA! Things like this make me wonder why in hell any American should be afraid of the Chinese at all. If one sentence is enough to screw the Chinese up, they have no future whatsoever.

Sgt Slaughter, he's only been in office for two days, how can you possibly be so sure? Nearly all politicians spout crap - it all in the game, yo! He's been pretty decisive so far actually...

Anyway, censorship is always an issue, whoever is being censored - your condoning the censorship of Obama's speech because it conflicts with your political views is not a teneable position in a democracy - we are lucky enough to have freedom of speech, only an idiot would throw that away

The philosophy behind these behaviora is Hu's BU ZHE TENG and harmonious society. The Chinese government just does not want to get into some nationswide debates or controversies.

Once again I say the people of China are ignorant.

Ignorant in that they are not allowed to hear or see what it happening in the rest of the world and have their own opinions.

I live in Hong Kong, so everytime I hear our government wanting closer integration with the mainland, I ask, why do we want to be associated with those clowns?

well said, Paul/firebrand

Bushit! No Chinese would care about whatever system-whether capitalism or communism. What old-fashioned cliches!Chinese people care only about better life! What a tragedy some people are still clinging to old-dated ideological prejudices in their mind!

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