diverted the media, international media's attention to this affair between boshi li's wife and this british guy who got her son into boarding school in britain. and it seemed to go -- you know, the chinese government has often done that with its own people. blamed -- blamed -- after the downfall of a leader, they'll scapegoat the wife to maintain the integrity of the -- and the reputation of the leadership of the party. so they took the sort of attention off bochi li and put it on this like salacious affair. it was sort of similar to after how intra done died and they put his wife on trial. i thought it was one of the most, like -- most interesting times when you could see the -- the chinese spinmasters manipulating the international media. >> i want to note, orville, that tonight is the oz prize, the pulitzers, the peabodys, and the webbies. they're all today. i don't know what cosmic convergence landed this day all these journalism prizes. there's still actually a lot of good journalism being done. let's not weep too hard into our beer. april is 1 great example and there are more.
right beijing was to interest seed and remove boshi li and arrest his wife. so i don't know. >> it is a really good question. >> there is a really imporh focus on -- so is that decision made at "the washington post" that we should focus on chen guangcheng? >> happily for us we were able to cover that. it is just a relative news issue. one story was far more interesting than the other, as important as the strategic dialogue talks may have been. we went with the one that was the human drama, and we played that bigger, as did everybody else. great powers can walk and chew gum at the same time. we in the news media try to do that, too. i felt like the choice we made was probably the right chice which was to focus on the story which was surprising, dramatic, challenged the u.s., challenged china and where the outcome was unknown as opposed to strategic economic dialogue. >> you know, i was in beijing at the time of the incredible drama happening in the embassy, but the negotiations went on. what that suggested to me was that both sides had decided to be calm, not exaggerate, not play it up t
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conversation. so there is the name that wasn't there who wanted to be there, boshi li. >> well, not only he wasn't there, he was in some sort of safe house or in a soft cell out on the outskirts of beijing wondering what might have been, i wonder if he was watching on the night or has a tv set in his cell, but that has been -- this year was one of the really disappointing things about this career was the fact that the level of secrecy we just talked about, that medieval sort of control in the last, theatrical last-minute staging is no different than five or ten years ago, and i wonder if the politics hadn't been so turned upside down in china this year by the bolishi case if they had more time on making the process more open, but i think the bolshili case made them bat ten down the hatches and proceed as normal. >> i think another name whose absence people noticed yan 1 or the more reform minded officials programs if there was a nine committee, nine person committee he may have been included. it is a five-year cycle before anyone gets added, and when they bet to 68 they can't be dis
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