The 23-Year-Old Female Deputy Bureau Chief

(CCVIC.com)  February 22, 2010.

Recently, an Internet post titled <An appointment notice that shocked me> became very popular.  According to this post (which included a screen capture of the relevant website page), Xintai city (Shandong province) announced the appointment of six new deputy bureau chiefs and one court deputy director in early February this year.  Of these seven appointees, six were born in the 1980's, with the youngest one being only 23 years old.  The most controversial figures are two local Xintai residents -- the 23-year-old deputy bureau chief and the 25-year-old court deputy director.

A netizen wrote: "How can we not be suspicious when someone is appointed deputy bureau chief just two or three years after graduating from university?"

"The notice has just been disappeared from the government website."  Yesterday, some netizen noted that the public notice is no longer accessible.  Previously, the notice included the comment: "If you have any dissenting opinion or issues with these appointees, please contact the city party committee cadre department supervisory/education bureau.  All matters should be fact-based and real names must be used."  A netizen asked; "Why are real names required?  Who would dare to say anything?"

According to information, deputy bureau chief Wang Ran received scores of 64.83 in the written test and 86.00 in the personal interview for an average score of 75.41.  In 2008, she took her public service workers test and obtained 52.8 in the written test and 79.2 in the personal interview for an average score of 64.88.  In both tests, her scores in the personal interview were significantly higher than in the written test.

Yesterday, our reporter called Wang Ran at her original department and learned that she has already moved to her new department.  A former colleague of Wang Ran said that he had worked with her for a couple of years and found her quite capable.  He said that many netizen comments were fictitious.

Previously, one netizen said that "Wang Ran is the daughter-in-law of a certain leader in the Xintai city party organization department.  With respect to this assertion, Wang Ran's former colleague said that Wang Ran is unmarried but her boyfriend works at the city party organization department.  He said, "They are just steady lovers.  When she took the exam, she was single.  She is still single.  They are in love.  Wang Ran took a national public service exam and she was not selected out of the blue."

(CCVIC.com)  February 24, 2010

When the story about the post 80's deputy bureau chiefs came out, netizens immediately began human flesh searches on these young women.  Some netizens said that deputy bureau chief Wang Ran is running a shouting match with other netizens in her blog.  Supposedly, this blog was started on February 23, 2010.  So far, it has three entries entitled <The daily life of the youngest female deputy bureau director in Xintai>, <Exposing the niside truth of Xintai party organization department Wang Yuerui promoting his daughter-in-law Wang Ran> and <Welcome YB's friend to come here>.


Wang Ran: I am the legendary post-80's deputy bureau chief.  How can you bums stop my government career path?  You would be like a cicada trying to stop a truck!
Wang Ran: What?  Do you want to stop the truck too?!  I can really let my father-in-law arrest you.
Wang Ran: So what can you do other than yelling here?  Useless bum!
Wang Ran: You can whine a little just like the little old ladies.
Wang Ran: Can you do anything?

Photo album:

Although the timing and the photos of this "Wang Ran" appear to be a hoax, many people are visiting the blog.  Within a brief period, thousands have visited there.


(Southern Metropolis Daily)  February 23, 2010.

Early yesterday morning, the well-known blogger Zhang Hongfeng made another blog post about the 23-year-old female Taixin deputy bureau chief.  The title of the blog post included the words "blatant lying."  Zhang Hongfeng claimed to have concrete, reliable proof.

At issue is a Xinhua previous interview given by Wang Ran. 

Reporter: Some netizens have suggested that 23-year-old Wang Ran who has recently been promoted to deputy bureau chief of the Xintai city state land resources bureau is the daughter-in-law of the city party organization bureau deputy director.  Wang Ran, is that true?

Wang Ran: This is laughable!  I don't even have a boyfriend yet.  My parents are both peasants.  In 2003, I entered the Shandong Industry and Commercial Academy.  I majored in human resources management and minored in finance.  In 2007, I became a public servant after taking the open exam.  I have been a public servant for three years already.  The speculation that I passed the public service exam in 2008 is wrong.

Reporter: Wang Ran, netizens questioned how your personal interview scores were higher than your written test scores both times.  Can you explain?

Wang Ran: Before I made this effort, I prepared for the state public service exam.  Therefore, I was well-prepared.  I got the top score in both the written test and the personal interview.  I was not the only person whose personal interview score was higher than the written test score.  All ten persons who passed the test for this job scored higher in the personal interview portion.  These are two different kinds of tests, and they have two different sets of judges and criteria.

Zhang Hongfeng also pointed to a Beijing Youth Daily report on February 22 in which a former colleague of Wang Ran who had worked two years with her. 

Yesterday, our reporter called Wang Ran at her original department and learned that she has already moved to her new department.  A former colleague of Wang Ran said that he had worked with her for a couple of years and found her quite capable.  He said that many netizen comments were fictitious.

Previously, one netizen said that "Wang Ran is the daughter-in-law of a certain leader in the Xintai city party organization department.  With respect to this assertion, Wang Ran's former colleague said that Wang Ran is unmarried but her boyfriend works at the city party organization department.  He said, "They are just steady lovers.  When she took the exam, she was single.  She is still single.  They are just in love.  Wang Ran took a national public service exam and she was not selected out of the blue.

Zhang wrote: "When someone is lying blatantly like this, how can she be counted to be in charge of state land resources?"

The blog post also noted that Wang Ran's interview took place after her former colleague was interviewed.  This proves that Wang Ran was lying about not having a boyfriend.  The blog post also produced a photo of Wang Ran cooing up to a man as evidence.  This photo was located via human flesh search by netizens.


(Southern Metropolis Daily)  February 25, 2010.

Yesterday, the Shangdong province Taixin city information office director confirmed that the so-called "daily life photos of Wang Ran" were not of Wang Ran.  This is based upon the verification by both Wang Ran herself and the relevant government departments.

Recently, Wang Ran was interviewed by the Qilu TV station.  In the Internet photos, "Wang Ran" is cute and fashionable.  In the Qilu TV interview, Wang Rang was chubbier, darker, bespectacled and plainly dressed.

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(Zhejiang Online)  February 26, 2010.

With the rise of the Internet, citizens are like fish who have found water in which to express their opinions.  But the Internet world is just like the real society, with both truth, goodness, beauty as well as lies, evil, ugliness.

In the case of the post 80's deputy bureau chief, public opinion stampeded immediately with the "reasonable" speculation that she was either the daughter or the daughter-in-law to government officials.  When Wang Ran denied such, netizens initiated human flesh search to locate the "daily life photos" of "Wang Ran" and "exposed" "the lies of Wang Ran."

On February 24, the Shandong province Xintai city Information Office leader confirmed that the "daily life photos" of "Wang Ran" were not those of the real Wang Ran.  The news story was accompanied by a Xinhua video in which Wang Ran looked completely unlike the one found by human flesh search.  In this video, the two post-80's interviewees came across as composed and steady.  In particular, Liu Tingting even said that the views and opinions of netizens are "the realization of freedom" and "should not be interfered with."  Thus, these two post-80's deputy bureau chiefs are relatively mature.

I am not trying to speak on their behalf.  I am only saying that I feel that they are reasonable people.  Clearly, the matter should be closed if such is the case.  Ultimately, "human flesh search" is not always reliable.  Conversely, we should be asking just who released those fake "Wang Ran photos" in order to jerk people around.  At the same time, we should think about how we can screen "human flesh search" "evidence" in a rational manner so that we won't be misled by fake information in the future.