James Fallows of the Atlantic took this picture of Beijing's air (!) on August 7. His blog is a sympathetic chronicle of life in China.
Mostly I want to share this because I find it astonishing. Sports journalists are hard working writers whose beat features frequent, tough deadlines and sometimes repetitive story lines. To their corporate employers, they serve to promote the local corporate entertainment franchises. If the fanciful dramas offered by the big leagues sell the paper, sports journalism has done its job.
Sally Jenkins writes sports for the Washington Post. Over last weekend, she trashed the corporate storyline on the Beijing Olympics.
That last bit is important. Yes, China is a closed, authoritarian society for dissidents. But a lot more Chinese think their country is on the right track than we in the U.S. think ours is. If the Beijing fest goes on with a grumbling undertone of dissonance, as seems likely, take it out on the corporate sponsors who pander to the worst of China, not the mass of Chinese people who just want a better life.