President Obama spoke with several hundred students at the museum of science and technology in Shanghai today where he answered students’ questions in a Town Hall Meeting. However according to this post, some of the “students” who asked the questions were not exactly current students? These fake students were actually university officials?
Original post on Cat898 (in case it gets deleted)
“Students” who asked Obama questions all had some connections
I saw this on douban, reposting for a laugh
Female “student” asking the first question – Cheng Xi (程熙), The Communist Youth League Committee, Fudan University, executive deputy director of the Research
Male “Student” asking the 2nd question – Huang Lihe (黄立鹤), Communist Youth League secretary of the Foreign Languages Institute of Tongji University
Another student who asked a question – Qian Wentao (钱文韬), class of 2006, Shanghai Jiao Tong University of Michigan college students and deputy secretary of party branch
Debriefing is completed, please comment.
Huangli He’s blog had already been visited and commented on.
Youtube videos of the first 2 questions supposedly asked by the “fake students”:
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So I checked out Huang Lihe’s blog, this blog is for Tongji University young professors.
In the home page the “Who Are We” section it wrote:
We have just graduated from college. We have stepped up on the podium of teaching and education. We were full of warm blood came to Dingxi (city), practicing Tongji people’s commitment to Daingxi.
We became closest brothers and sisters of countless children, we hope to become a torch that lights up their hopes and dreams.
We come from all corners of the country, but we all have the same name: Tongji people; we came together to Dingxi, we had a new name: Dingxi people, over here, at Tongwei, at Chang He, we were moved many times. Here, we hope to record our emotions, and to pass on love…
50 Cent Party (五毛党, pinyin: wǔmáodǎng), also called 50 Cent Army, is the name for paid astroturfing bloggers operating since 2005 from People’s Republic of China, whose role is posting comments favorable towards the government policies to skew the public opinion on various Internet message boards. They are named by the 50 Chinese cents, or 5 mao, they are paid per such post, though many operatives are volunteers; other names are red vests, red vanguard and the Five Mao Party. Conservative estimates say the 50 Cents Army employs tens of thousands of bloggers, some estimates say as many as 280,000–300,000. Their activities were described by Chinese President Hu Jintao as "a new pattern of public-opinion guidance".
There are already over 1,200 comments on Huang Lihe’s blog. All comments had more or less the same message which netizens are angry at Huang Lihe, calling him a 5 mao, asking him why lying to the public, pretending to be a student and how he could have done such despicable act.
“Hello 5 mao”
“One question is worth 50 cent, all gave to you??”
“Twitter tourist group come to meet the 5 mao fake student”
“Feel sorry for you”
“Meeting the 50 cent dog”
“Next time if pretending to be a student, then don’t blog, so you won’t attract onlookers, shame!”
“Being a man must be honest, why did you lie in public?”
“The schooling you had all have gone to waste”
“Stupid 50 cent, you are famous now.”
“Lair Lair, your whole family are all lairs”
“Hello Huang classmate! How much was your appearance fee? Should be more than 50 cents right?”
“Mr. Huang why did you pretend to be a student?”
“Tragedy… Tragedy… haha… 50 cent students”
ChinaHush reader Wang Er pointed out in his comment:
I see no problem. If you check the official title of the news in Xinhuanet, it’s “Obama’s dialogue with Chinese Youth” not “Obama’s dialogue with Chinese students”.
Among the three names mentioned in the post, two of them are students and Huang Lihe didn’t say he’s a student in his question.
He is right. When Huang Lihe asked the question he said I am Tongji University’s Huang Lihe (我是同济大学黄立鹤) He didn’t say he is a student. Poor guy, now his blog comments are all deleted and comment is closed.
Perhaps Chinese Netizens are blowing this out of proportion.