You can see in the above YouTube clip how quickly the Chinese state news broadcaster reacted during a live broadcast of Barack Obama’s inauguration speech.
Right at a key part about communism and fascism, a slightly befuddled announcer cuts in and asks a reporter to explain what kind of economic difficulties Obama will be facing.
Here is what the state broadcaster didn’t want Chinese viewers to hear from Obama:
“Recall that earlier generations faced down communism and fascism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”
That was too much for most Chinese censors to handle. According to this Reuters story, several web portals changed the wording in their written reports, removing “communism” or excising the paragraph altogether.