New York Times Wen Exposé Makes Waves

David Barboza’s investigation of the wealth built by Wen Jiabao’s extended family has dominated China news since its publication by The New York Times early on Friday. While the basic fact that wealth and power go hand in hand may surprise few—China Daily Show joked that anthropologists had discovered one man in a remote Chinese village who was shocked by the revelation—the sheer scale of the family’s business dealings has taken some aback. Besides, as Bloomberg’s Mike Forsythe tweeted, “there is a HUGE difference between ‘knowing’ and DOCUMENTING which NYT did!“