Recent items about info-control, #2

A friend who is on the mailing list for White House press releases sent me this official statement, two days ago, about President Bush's phone call to President Hu Jintao of China. It began this way (full text at the link above):

President Bush called President Hu Jintao of China today. The President raised his concerns about the situation in Tibet and encouraged the Chinese government to engage in substantive dialogue with the Dalai Lama's representatives and to allow access for journalists and diplomats.



The same conversation was reported the next day by China Daily, official voice to the outside world. Full text here; the story began this way:

No responsible government will sit by when faced with the kind of brazen violent acts seen in Tibet recently, President Hu Jintao said yesterday.

He made the remarks during a telephone conversation with his US counterpart George W. Bush....
On the Lhasa riots, Hu said the rioters were by no means "peaceful demonstrators" and their activities were not "non-violent" as claimed by the Dalai Lama clique....

He especially mentioned activities to fan and mastermind violent crimes in Tibet as well as in some other regions and to sabotage the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games.


Draw your own conclusions; this is offered as today's installment in Rashomon.