NBC is showing signs of doing the right thing in Beijing--taking the opportunity afforded by the Olympics to report on non-sports-related China. Last week Richard Engel covered Internet censorship and Mark Mullen looked at its flood of manufacturing exports when he publicized Sarah Bongiorni's book A Year Without Made in China. Now Ian Williams visits the arid former paddy fields of Hebei Province where farmers can no longer grow rice because water has been diverted to quench Beijing's insatiable thirst: "The water table below this booming city is falling by 20 feet a year."
Nevertheless there is no getting away from the looming onslaught of tearjerking sports feature. CBS' Kelly Cobiella offered a preview of the certain to be ubiquitous Dara Torres, the buffed fortysomething swimming coverlady. The latest twist concerns Torres' coach Michael Lohberg, who has been taken deathly ill. Lohberg had to cancel his Beijing trip as he was rushed to hospital at the National Institutes for Health where he is undergoing emergency blood transfusions.
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