The truth is out here, Ma'am!
- Where, where is the truth? I don't see any!
Obama: We wouldn't trade our rights to cover up
the truth with anything in the world.
US First Lady was given an opportunity to educate China's
young people at Beijing University over the weekend, and
the objective of her speech is to promote the
virtues of free speech.
In her speech she lauded technology for being able to
“open up the entire world and expose us to ideas and
innovations we could never have imagined,” and she stressed
is so important for information and ideas to flow freely
over the Internet and through the media, because that’s how
we discover the truth, that’s how we learn what’s really
happening in our communities, in our country and our world.”
government: Recently, the international media
has put out a lot of reports about the eavesdropping,
surveillance and stealing of secrets by the United
States of other countries, including China. We demand
that the United States makes a clear explanation
spying activities against Chinese leaders.
already given you a crystal clear explanation on Saturday.
I said it is important for information and ideas to
flow freely, because that’s how we discover the truth,
that’s how we learn what’s really happening in your
communities, in your country and in your leaders' mind.”
Which is a rather honest statement, just look at how the
technology has allowed NSA to discover what people in every
community, every country and entire world say over the phone
and write in email.
In her speech she also presented
her husband Barack Obama as a champion for free speech: "That’s
how we decide which values and ideas we think are best —
by questioning and debating them vigorously, by listening
to all sides of the argument
[Including those from Wall Street
by judging for ourselves. And believe me, I know how this
can be a messy and frustrating process. My husband and I
are on the receiving end of plenty of questioning and criticism
from our media and our fellow citizens, and it’s not always
easy but we wouldn't trade it for anything in the world." And
she concluded, "Time and again, we have
seen that countries are stronger and more prosperous when
the voices and opinions of all citizens can be heard."
Her speech has been praised back in America as "an
indirect swipe at China’s media censorship", that
is in fact quite factual. China's notorious public
opinion censorship, since power-struggle motivated Bo Xilai
persecution began, former premier Wen Jiabao's $27 billion
corruption scandal exposed, and a popular hostility towards
Premier Li Keqiang's governance grows, is the worst in
the 300 years (ever since Manchu conquerors imposed literature
inquisition <文字狱> against native Chinese intellectuals),
and a situation like this deserves condemnation from anyone,
even the wife of the Internet censorship king.
However, with regard to her remark "my husband and I are on the receiving
end of plenty of questioning and criticism from our media and our fellow citizens,
and it’s not always easy but we wouldn't trade it for anything in the world," the
first part is a fact but the second part is a lie. Because the truth is her husband
is the No, 1 enemy of the media and Internet freedom. You don't need to ask Aaron
Assange or Edward
Snowden for confirmation. Just very recently, Obama administration secured
a power to flag "extremist" content on the video sharing website. As
for what constitute "extremist" content, here is a telling example:
A YouTube channel with 55 million views and 265,000 subscribers
was shut down on the same day when Michelle Obama boasted
that her husband wouldn't trade fellow citizens' rights to
question and criticize him for anything in the world. What "extremist" act
media commentator Mark Dice's video channel committed? The
answer is it has devoted a great deal of time criticizing
Chinese: I want to discover the truth about
Michelle Obama: My husband and I wouldn't
trade our rights to cover up the truth with anything in the