After Spielberg: Who’s Next?

See the aftermath of ’s Olympic decision, from Time’s China Blog:

The Steven Spielberg affair rolls on. He announced in mid-February that –because of China’s lack of action in stopping the killing in – he was resigning as adviser to the committee that is staging the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, but the news is still generating considerable heat and light. Danwei has a good round up of reactions from some prominent Chinese here. While there are the inevitable nationalist overtones, these are measured pieces in general reflecting as usual that the Chinese web is way ahead of the official media (the People’s Daily published a predictable rant about “a certain director”; why do they so often refuse to name the object of their vitriol? It is a habit I have noticed in other countries where the media is also heavily controlled. Do they feel, idiotically, that it would give him too much face? Or is there something else I am missing? Perhaps someone could clear this up for me…). However, the tabloid Global Times , a junior cousin of the People’s Daily that concentrates on world news, was much more reserved, which may have come as something of a surprise give that its stance is often described as “nationalistic,” rather in the way that Fox News is similarly labelled…

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