This just in to the news desk from our affiliate Xinhua News Agency, the official press agency of the government of the People's Republic of China (PRC). Apparently, a very strong answer, to questions raised by celebrity blogger Steve Rubel, has come out of Hohhot, the capital of north China's Inner Mongolia region.
Rubel (pronounced Roo-belle), a senior vice president at Edelman, one of the largest PR firms in the world, is widely credited for having started the debate in the blogosphere as to "Who Should Speak?" on behalf of a company or organization. Rubel said, "Increasingly when big corporate news breaks the community doesn't want to just hear just from the CEO. They want to get the perspective of someone they trust even more, the corporate blogger."
Back in March of this year, Rubel issued a number of questions challenging the corporate blogging community:
Who is a corporate spokesperson? Is it any employee who blogs, the CEO, who? When should an employee blogger who does not have first-hand knowledge of a situation blog on the subject? To what degree do they need to become a roving corporate reporter? And, should they remain objective perhaps to the chagrin or simply waive the corporate flag?
Now these questions have been answered and the issues are finally settled. In news coming off the wire out of Beijing moments ago:
BEIJING - A woman in Hohhot, the capital of north China's Inner Mongolia region, crashed her car while giving her dog a driving lesson, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
The woman, identified only be her surname, Li, said her dog "was fond of crouching on the steering wheel and often watched her drive," according to Xinhua.
"She thought she would let the dog 'have a try' while she operated the accelerator and brake," the report said. "They did not make it far before crashing into an oncoming car."
Xinhua did not say what kind of dog or vehicles were involved. Li has since paid for repairs.