Miss China, Miss World
EfluxMedia files this story about Miss Zhang Zilin, 23, from China who won the crown of Miss World. This is the first time that China has won the beauty pageant. It is a decent story and covers the main points, until you read another story on the event. I found this at United Press International, in wire story format. The key facts that I think are crucial to this story are that the Communist party has banned Chinese women from entering the international beauty pageant. But in recent years has changed it's tune and has been paying $4 million annually for four years to host the event, which it did this year. The EfluxMedia story also doesn't mention that the pageant garners about 2 billion viewers, the U.P.I. story claims that the Chinese government used the pageant as a publicity vehicle. Meaning that it was a way to spread China's good name around the world. There is definitely a trend developing, especially with China hosting the 2008 summer olympics.
I don't know why EfluxMedia doesn't report these details. I think the communist angle is probably the most interesting, seeing as women weren't allowed to compete for so long, once they finally do compete they win. I think the money angle is also noteworthy.
At first I thought that eFluxMedia was based in China, so that's why they didn't print the potentially damaging aspects of the story, the communist thing, money line, etc. But according to the sites "About Us" tab they are headquartered in New York. The statement on their intentions is kind of nebulous too. Nothing there really hints at why they would leave that information out, most likely it is a case of poor research.