The Party Line (Hardcover)
John Wiley & Sons, 9780470828533, 256pp.
Publication Date: December 11, 2012
China's 1.3 billion population may make the country the world'slargest, but the vast majority of Chinese share remarkably similarviews on these and a wide array of other issues, thanks to theunified message they get from tightly controlled state-run media.Official views are formed at the top in organizations like theXinhua News Agency and China Central Television and allowed totrickle down to regional and local media, giving the appearance ofmany voices with a single message that is reinforced at everylevel. As a result, the Chinese are remarkably like-minded on awide range of issues both domestic and foreign.
- Takes readers beyond China's economic miracle to show how thenation's massive state-run media complex not only influences publicopinion but creates it
- Explores an array of issues, from Tibet and Taiwan to theenvironment and US trade relations, as seen through the lens of theXinhua News Agency
- Tells the story of the official Xinhua News Agency along withits history and reporting over the years, as the foundation fortelling the story