‘…in today’s China, an author can feel a true sense of freedom if he doesn’t pander to the authorities to have his works published. It requires courage, tolerance of isolation, a strong belief of the future and a deep passion for literature—like a pious religious believer. It requires deep belief that the progress of human society is unstoppable and that China will become a truly democratic, free and open country. Freedom of publishing will come one day sooner or later.’ — Yan Lianke
‘What the lapdog press allegation really seems to revolve around is the fact that conservatives are angry that Obama remains popular with the public…’
…Rather than acknowledge that reality, partisans increasingly blame the press and insist if only reporters and pundits would tell ‘the truth’ about Obama, then voters would truly understand how he’s out to destroy liberty and freedom and capitalism. Sorry, but that’s not what constitutes a lapdog press corps. And to confuse chronic partisan whining with authentic media criticism is a mistake…Studies have shown that during long stretches of his first term, Obama was hammered with “unrelentingly negative” press coverage. By contrast, the lapdog era of the Bush years represented nothing short of an institutional collapse of the American newsroom. And it was one that, given the media’s integral role in helping to sell the Iraq War, did grave damage to our democracy.