It is not unusual for China’s most senior leaders to meet with the Chinese people but it is rare for them to do so with an apology on their lips.
… And as someone in the state media told me, there were three guiding principles for the coverage.
Do not dwell on the damage done but emphasize the efforts of the authorities.
Instead of focusing on suffering, report the people’s high morale.
And do not ask questions about why China was so quickly overwhelmed.
“Only when the masses are reassured, can the country be at peace. Only when the country is at peace, can the leaders be relieved,” Wen told reporters.