Giant on the move
That’s right, Grandpa Wen!!
China’s Communist Party rarely admits mistakes, but Wen got kudos for facing up to his.
Wen, a trained geologist, mixed up his rock types while giving feedback to a Beijing middle school teacher, who had failed to encourage a student while Wen was sitting in on some classes this weekend.
Xinhua included the mistake when quoting his remarks.
Wen corrected the error and issued a public apology via Xinhua — giving new meaning to the term “official correction.”
But even the apology was not without some spin. The Beijing News said an alert reader had noticed the error and alerted Xinhua, but the subsequent article by the state news agency said Wen himself had spotted the flub.
File photo: REUTERS/Jason Lee