Even as politicians in the West are demanding that YouTube and other sites ban what the call fake news and conspiracy theories, it did not prevent Western media from adopting a holier-than-thou attitude at Chinese site Weibo’s over-enthusiastic censorship of what they thought were words related to their President Xi’s power grab.
A search for the same words on Baidu search engine showed no censorship. Just like Youtube suspended channels related to conspiracies and gun hobbyists, Weibo has been pro-actively indulging in censorship without any government push.
There was also this video of a Chinese journalist rolling her eyes in frustration of another journalst asking a long-winded and definitely pre-scripted question. The video is being cited in the West as how scripted official Chinese press conferences are. Anyone who has watched Obama’s press meets and interviews knows how scripted they were. Journalists had no compunction applauding for the silliest of things he said. This would become even more apparent on his foreign tours when some American journalist out of habit startle everyone by clapping his hands in total silence.
Obama was always considered as a great speaker but it was always with the help of teleprompters.