“The ballet was of course... as you all know... it had its message." -President NixonMao always said that if you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything. However it wasn't the evening's sponsors who stifled the President's views on the Red Women's Detachment ballet and prevented him from saying how much he liked it. Instead it was his own evil press and advisers – many of whom knew, roughly, the real story behind President Kennedy's death eight years earlier and helped cover it up. It's possible that President Nixon had this in mind when he spoke rather cautiously afterward.
Sadly, his restraint failed to win favor with the goons minding his presidency. Only four months after his visit, the same circle of inner elites helped orchestrate Watergate scandal. These bastards knew exactly how to exploit American paranoia by focusing on some "missing" audio tapes. Like the gun that is missing from your coat pocket right now... That actually proves you carried a murder weapon, n'est pas?
No Western reporters should ever be trusted inside China. They lie and are arrogant. They are mean to their own people. And the same giant egos are still working in journalism to this day.
Historians like claiming that only President Nixon could go to China in 1972, for some unexplained reasons. If only he had really done that. Next time come alone, Mr. President.