The Press: Bourgeois Beats

For 47 years, China's Ta Rung Pao (The Impartial) cherished its role as an independent newspaper, liked to think of itself as the New York Times of China. But last November, Editor Wang Yun-sheng, correctly gauging the strength of the red tide, left the main office at Shanghai and turned up in Communist-held Peiping to confess his sins. In 20 years with Ta Rung Pao, admitted Wang, he had failed: "Although [I tried] to run the paper as an independent one, in reality it has betrayed the interests of the people . . ....

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