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Emily Miller on Michelle Obama’s talks to the Chinese

The Washington Times‘ star columnist, Emily Miller, did a nice number on Michelle Obama’s somewhat ironic talks to the Chinese during her recent week-long trip to that Communist country, with taxpayers picking up the expensive tab for her traveling daughters, mother and entourage of 70.

Michelle, noted Ms. Miller, “lectured the Chinese on the benefits of the freedom of the press while refusing to take questions, do interviews or allow any reporters on her plane. . . .

“Just like government-run media, the White House gave details and photos during the week only by blog, YouTube videos made by her staff and Twitter.

“While refusing to talk to the media herself, Mrs. Obama said the Chinese need to respect a free press. ‘It’s so important for information and ideas to flow freely over the Internet and through the media because that’s how we discover the truth’ she said at Peking University.

“‘My husband and I are on the receiving end of plenty of questioning and criticism from our media and our fellow citizens.  And it’s not always easy, but we wouldn’t trade if for anything in the world.’”

Somehow, said Ms. Miller, she “missed the contradiction in her words and actions.”  The irony, she added, is “striking.”

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