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What Smog?

 

He is on the BBC.

His big moment.

 

Members of the Chinese

secret service standing

behind him.

 

As a BBC reporter asks him

about the high levels of smog

in Beijing

and he looks around and says:

What smog?

 

Everything three feet behind the camera

choked out by a thick

acrid fog.

 

This is a man that understands

there are consequences.

 

That his family members

have all been rounded up and

are awaiting trial.

 

That the news team

from the BBC goes home tomorrow

with their scoop

and he still has to

live here.