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they were going to do the right thing and honor their reporters’ hard work. Besides, it was too late to stop the press.
Episode 1 of innuendo escalated during the weekend to Episode 2 of anticipation. The suspense was quickly broken as the nation’s online journalists took whatever tips they could get hold of and jumped to digging. The gist was, Wen had been seeing Yao when his wife was pregnant with their second child. Yao even moved closer to be their neighbor. Blurry photos of their secret rendezvous inHong Kong surfaced, hardly conclusive yet tantalizing nonetheless. All kinds of theories were floated.
The biggest loser from this episode is the magazine that set the events in motion, not the dishonored celebrities. In this day of instant news and commentary, the print media can be easily trumped by their online competitors. Anything could have happened during the two days when Southern EntertainmentWeekly was being printed and trucked to newsstands. For
That said, actors who rely on the trick of deliberately blurring the line between actor and role should abide by his own rule. If you want the public to believe you’re a paragon of morality, then stick to it or suffer the consequences.