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April 19, 2013
Did Xi, or Didn't He, Take a Cab?
 
There was a story in a Chinese newspaper about the country's new president, Xi Jinping, taking an eight-mile taxi ride across Beijing, and then the story was taken down. Did he or didn't he? It's pretty apparent that he did, but, gee, the publicity was getting to be too much. Read the story in the South China Morning Post about what happened when an apparent public relations initiative got a little too public. 

It's sad that such a major power can be subject to such media, or official, perturbations. Here's NPR's account, too, about the emperor who went for a taxi ride.     

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Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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