"China State Media Under Fire for Arguing Benefits of Smog"

"Commentaries by two of China's most influential news outlets suggesting that the country's air pollution crisis was not without a silver lining drew a withering reaction on Tuesday from internet users and other media."

"In online commentaries on Monday, state broadcaster CCTV and the widely read tabloid the Global Times, published by the Communist Party's official People's Daily, both tried to put a positive spin on China's smog problem.

The Global Times said smog could be useful in military situations, as it could hinder the use of guided missiles, while CCTV listed five 'unforeseen rewards' for smog, including helping Chinese people's sense of humor."

Ben Blanchard, Huang Yan and Natalie Thomas report for Reuters December 11, 2013.

Source: Reuters, 12/12/2013