May 10, 2005


China Reports Death of Infamous 'Gang of Four' Member (Luis Ramirez, 10 May 2005, VOA News)

Chinese officials are reporting the death of Zhang Chunqiao, a member of China's purged ultra-leftist political clique known as the "Gang of Four."

A book for the first obit that calls him a "conservative hard-liner"?

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 10, 2005 12:09 PM

Looks like we'll have to wait for the major newspapers' obits. All the wires seem to agree the guy was an ultra-leftist or a radical of some sort.


Posted by: Jim in Chicago at May 10, 2005 12:55 PM

Bad time of the day in the U.S. to announce a death like this and expect to get immediate ideological spin, since newspapers are the only ones likely to go in-depth on someone generally unknown, while the TV networks and their websites are content to run with AP copy, if they run anything at all.

CNN might come through before tomorrow's dailies, but if not, I'm betting on the Los Angeles Times to win the race to use the "rightist" label, even though they're three hours behind the East Coast papers.

Posted by: John at May 10, 2005 2:02 PM

Is Peter Jennings reading the news these days? If not, Wednesday's New York Times is a close sure thing.

Posted by: Tom C., Stamford,Ct. at May 10, 2005 3:03 PM
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