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Study Up For 'Think': A Foreigner In China, Reporting For The State


For Mitch Moxley, lying - by omission or otherwise - was part of living in Beijing. He was offered $1,000 a week to wear a suit and pretend to be a businessman. His China Daily editors forbade any reporting on the silk market's obviously counterfeit wares, so Moxley had to write about how much foreigners loved the "low-cost goods."  The Canadian journalist comes clean about his seven years as an outsider who worked for the state-run daily while the country rose to superpower status in Apologies To My Censor. He joins Think host Krys Boyd at 1 p.m.

Read about the ceremonial ribbon cutting and construction site tours Moxley took as a "quality control" officer for a fake U.S. company in "Rent A White Guy", a story for The Atlantic. The same publication published an excerpt of Moxley's memoir that includes jaw-dropping newsroom scenes where propaganda-pushing is enforced like AP style.

Listen to Think Monday through Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. and again from 9-11 p.m. on KERA 90.1 or stream the show.

Lyndsay Knecht is assistant producer for Think.