Well, although nothing substantial has happened yet at Durban, South Africa, I think it is still worth mentioning that such an important meeting is taking place.
So I just did a search. This is what I found:
No mention of COP17 climate talk in Durban, South Africa on front page:
- NYT, no mention even on “World”
- Foxnews, no mention even on “World”
- Washington Post: mentions on “World”
- The Guardian, mentioned it on “World”
- ABCNews, no mention even on “World”
- Google News
- CNN, no mention even on “World”; massive black hole makes front page
- CBSNews, no mention even on “World”
- NPR, but has it on “World”
- MSNBC, no mention even on “World”
Those who mentioned it:
- Huffington Post (barely)
- Xinhuanet (Chinese, featured)
- Zaobao (Singapore, somehow mentioned)
- Yahoo News (two links!)
- Bing news (1 link)
- The Onion (related article)
- United Nation News (of course)
- USA Today (but basically bashing Gingrich for denying his previous support for taking actions about climate change and cap-and-trade; also make it sounds like climate change is not true)
…. Our planet is doomed.
Those who did not report about Durban climate talks, seem to prefer news that a planet presumably located in a habitable zone of another solar system is found. Ironically, I do not think we can migrate to that planet before ours is destroyed.
Also, I think that it seems Africa is going to be hit very hard by climate change. But that is basically off most people’s radar.
Based on this Washington Post report:
Even the students who posed questions to Obama were pre-selected, and most appeared to be members of the Chinese Communist Party Youth League. Afterward, some of them, when contacted by a reporter, criticized Obama’s statements about Internet censorship, even while saying they were generally pleased having seen the U.S. president up close.
“I strongly disagree with what Obama said about the Internet firewall,” said Tao Weishuo, a 24-year old postgraduate student from Fudan University. “I think all Chinese people have Internet freedom — we can speak out freely on the Internet about current social affairs.” He said the question to him came from a Web site outside China.
Still, Tao said he was impressed. “I think he is kind and warm,” Tao said.
This report has been widely cited and retweeted among Chinese bloggers. Apparently they do not agree with this student. So who is this person?! Is he just ignorant, or is he saying that because he is asked to?
Of course, that doesn’t mean I believe Americans have the real Internet freedom or other kind of freedom. But generally America is still more free.