The Washington Post can find a way to turn nearly any story into an anti-Trump piece, but when it comes to China, they apparently find it hard to discover anything worth criticizing. Despite the fact that this country’s government has been cheating us on trade for years, despite the fact that they’ve been stealing intellectual property with abandon, and despite the fact that they unleashed a global pandemic of unprecedented proportions, the paper found it necessary to publish a glowing article about the Chinese Communist Party on Tuesday.
Written by Beijing bureau field chief Anna Fifield, the article – titled “Trump views China’s Communist Party as a threat. Young Chinese see it as a ticket to a better future.” – was immediately slammed as “Chinese propaganda” by critics of the CCP.
A read of the piece makes that criticism hard to disagree with.
“After seven decades in power, the ruling party has faced potentially existential challenges over the past year, from pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and an economic slowdown to a devastating coronavirus and, most recently, once-in-a-generation floods that have wreaked destruction across central China,” Fifield wrote. “But far from diminishing its stature at home, as some in the Trump administration appear to believe, the party’s response to some of these crises has helped solidify the support of existing and aspiring members — or at least neutralized grumbling.”
Fifield acknowledged that the Chinese public was initially angry about their government’s response to COVID-19 – a response that included covering up the truth, lying to the world, and totalitarian lockdowns in Wuhan – but she argued that after watching how the U.S. handled the pandemic, Chinese people are now grateful for their communist masters.
To prove this theory, she interviewed a professor at a Communist Party school who said that recent criticism from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo just “shows that they fear a stronger Communist Party and a stronger China after we showed our might in the battle against the coronavirus epidemic.”
The Post’s willingness to praise the CCP as offering young people a “ticket to a brighter future” brings to mind a story from December. That was when the Washington Free Beacon discovered that the Chinese are literally paying major American news organizations to publish actual propaganda in their papers.
“China Daily has run more than 700 online ads designed to look like news articles and purchased 500 print pages in six American newspapers over the last seven years,” the Free Beacon reported. “China Daily uses its large war chest to purchase hundreds of ads in the print and online versions of the Times, Post, and Journal.”
Well, they can save their money. Why bother running expensive ads when the reporters who work for these outlets will publish their message for free?