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Pat McMahon

Updated Jun 5, 2014 - 9:01 am

China going backward

A few years ago, I was on a bus taking me from the airport to my hotel in downtown Beijing.

On both sides of the busy road were huge billboards that gave clear, unmistakable evidence that the "People's Republic of China" had veered dramatically toward capitalism and democracy.

One prompted the advantages of owning a new Mercedes sedan, while another insisted that the only way to deliver a high fashion image is with the DKNY clothing line available at any of the major shopping malls in that city. Outdoor advertising was selling everything that night and it continued in print and on television when I got to my room.

I remember smiling at the realization that here we had won the war against Communism with goods instead of guns. The Tiananmen Square tragedy had happened some years before but that surely would be the last breath of totalitarian control.

Except, this week, 25 years after the massacre, the Chinese government is, through complete censorship, still holding truth hostage behind a bamboo curtain of lies and denial that keeps moving China backwards in time.

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author


He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talk-shows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The Mc Mahon Group" features a very unpredictable all-star panel where 3 people from the community get together and give there thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's which talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multi-faceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.

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