Michelle in the Middle Kingdom: America’s First Lady Visits China

Reports of press covering Michelle Obama being ‘shoved, screamed at, blocked from events’

Press covering Michelle Obama shoved, screamed at, blocked from events in China (The Washington Examiner)

First lady Michelle Obama's Spring Break trip to China with her daughters and mom has received some glowing news reports, but not because her press corps has had an easy time covering the event-filled trip.

Reporters say that they have been blocked from events, screamed at by officials, held back with red tape and told not to move from prepositioned lookouts, possibly to avoid taking embarrassing photos.

On Monday, the New York Times filed a pool report about the first lady’s tour of Xi’an, a city dating to the 14th century. “Event below marred for press by obnoxious Chinese advance man screaming and shoving us behind his ever moving red tape line,” said the report.

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