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November 17, 2009

ABC and CNN Reporters in China

CNN's Emily Chang reports on the Chinese popular reaction to Obama's impending visit.

CNN reporter detained in Shanghai over Obama-Mao T-shirt


A CNN correspondent said Monday she was detained byChinese security guards in Shanghai for two hours for displaying a T-shirt on camera depicting US President Barack Obama as Mao Zedong.

Emily Chang, a Beijing-based correspondent for the US television network, said in a blog post on that she hunted down the shirt after hearing they had been banned amid fears they "may offend the American president."

The shirt shows Obama, who is making his first visit to China as president, in a Red Army uniform staring into the distance in a pose made famous by the former Chinese leader.

The front of the shirt says "Serve the People" in Chinese, Chang said. "Oba-Mao" is written on the back in English.

Chang said she held the shirt up to the camera while filming a story in a Shanghai market.

"Two security guards happened to pass by at the moment I announced to the camera: 'This is the T-shirt everybody is talking about,'" she said.
"And that was it. They scrambled towards us and tried to pry the shirt out of my hands," Chang said. "I didn't give in.
"There was a bit of yelling and quite a scuffle," she said, adding that CNN "had everything on tape."
"We ended up being detained for two hours in the cold, maze of a market," she said. "A crowd gathered round. More security and then police showed up.
"They wanted our press cards, our passports, but most of all, they wanted the shirt," she said. "Finally, they let us go. Phew!"
Chang refused to surrender the offending shirt and joked that a number of jealous White House and CNN colleagues had tried to "bribe" her for it.


Jake Tapper gets visit by Chinese official while interviewing a student at Shanghai Town Hall, the official "commanded" them to stop the interview

Jake Tapper: "Afterwards we talked to a few students...that is until a government official commanded us to stop"

Tapper: "Why?"
Official: "No boss called us to stop ok"

Wild Thing's comment.........

Why would Ubama , the Kenyan communist, be offended by an Ubama-Mao t-shirt? He likes people like Mao.

It might offend him??? OH OK

“Obama Mao Mao Mao
Obama Mao Mao Mao

Obama Mao Mao Mao
Obama Mao Mao Mao...”

Take THAT ObamaMao!

Offended him!!!???

Obama probably would have bowed down to the t-shirt.

And the other story,....Jack Tapper is a good guy, he does very fair reporting so I feel bad for him, he just wanted to ask some questions of the students. Just goes to show, Obama Town Halls are the same wherever you go. LOL , I love the girls comment about him being nervous... Obama without a teleprompter!! Of course he is nervous! He couldn’t use his pacifier during the questions.

So much for those that say China is no longer Communist .

Posted by Wild Thing at November 17, 2009 04:50 AM


'NO WHY...You stop Now.' yeah got it chief. The press better get use to this. This is what the Lame Stream Media doesn't get...or this is what they want. Their 'slobbering Love affair' with obama will not last forever, and then maybe they will realize, That 17 page document that was written 233 years ago does mean something...hopefully, by then, it won't be too late.

Posted by: Mark at November 17, 2009 11:51 AM

China is a big question mark. They are under communist rule, yet they practice capitalism very successfully. Will the younger, better educated Chinese work at undermining the communist regime. I am thinking of Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Posted by: TomR at November 17, 2009 12:02 PM

"... and if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao, you ain't gonna make it with anyone anyhow!"
- REVOLUTION on The Beatles White Album, Released 11-22-68 (The JFK assassination fifth year anniversary).

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at November 17, 2009 05:41 PM

Mark, I feel the same way. I don't think
the press will be in love with Obama forever.
They used to be on the Clinton's love list and
this last election some of the press was harder
on the Clinton's then some of us. That will
happen to Obama too especially the way he
treats people.

Posted by: Wild Thing at November 17, 2009 07:53 PM

Tom, good point and that is something
that might make those younger there
fight back even little by little to
make huge changes.

Posted by: Wild Thing at November 17, 2009 07:55 PM

Darth, thank you for that.

Posted by: Wild Thing at November 17, 2009 07:55 PM

a number of jealous White House and CNN colleagues had tried to "bribe" her for it.

Those White House Colleagues can add it to their Che Guevara t-shirt collection along with their other marxist memorabilia.

Posted by: Harry at November 17, 2009 10:02 PM