November 07, 2007

Waterboard Yahoo!

America’s rich family newspapers chose today to feature China as front page news with lurid headlines and anguished photos from yesterday’s “Do as I say, not as I do” hearings in which Yahoo! was slapped around for not exporting ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’ to China along with its free and largely anonymous Internet services. So the papers tell us that Yahoo! caved in to Beijing and allowed Chinese authorities to victimize a journalist.

That Congress claimed moral righteousness over China the same week it essentially condoned torture with the approval of President Bush’s latest choice to be U.S. Attorney General is particularly absurd. That the press plays it up is all the more hypocritical. And newspapers wonder why they are nearing extinction.

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