Our friends at Twitchy (and others) had a ball late Thursday afternoon and evening lampooning the latest New York Times article dutifully kowtowing before the communist Chinese government in the piece “World Feared China Over Coronavirus. Now the Tables Are Turned.” As many may recall from earlier this week, China announced they’d expel Times journalists, so there’s no real incentive to continue the boot-licking.
Reliably liberal reporters Damien Cave and Tiffany May began their 1,369-word press release with quite the humdinger and the biggest source of both mockery and scorn: “The fear and suspicion directed at China in the devastating early days of the coronavirus outbreak have made a 180-degree turn: It is the West that now frightens Asia and the rest of the world.”
Seriously. It’s like they want us to feel sorry for the country/regime that’s carrying out a modern-day holocaust of their own people, the Uighurs.
Cave and May next boasted that “many countries in Asia that suffered through the pandemic first seem to have wrestled it into submission, particularly China — and are now fighting to protect against a new wave of infection from outside.”
Ah, yes. So The Times was just like Tuesday’s CBS Evening News, which gushed how China “attacked” COVID-19. It wasn’t until paragraph nine that the Chinese conspiracy theories about the virus were mentioned and paragraph 15 when they admitted that the Chinese response wasn’t spotless:
Critics both inside and outside China note that the country’s authoritarian response is not the only or the best way to fight an epidemic. Officials kept the virus secret for weeks, allowing it to spread uncontrolled in central China, then forced people to remain in overwhelmed cities.
But before that buried lede, there was more undying love and admiration for the murderous regime because The Times needed to, as the phrases go, own the cons and because Orange Man Bad (click “expand”):
But on Thursday, it reported no new local cases for the first time since the outbreak began. Its uncompromising response — locking down cities, shutting factories, testing thousands — seems to have brought China’s contagion under control.
Now the pandemic that originated in China is migrating and starting to recirculate. Across Asia, where Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea successfully grappled with the virus early, alongside China, there is a growing sense of fear and dismay. Much of the region looks west and asks: We’re getting it right — why can’t you?
For President Trump, the answer has been deflection. Facing a torrent of criticism for playing down the epidemic in its crucial early stages, he has been trying to push blame back to China, worsening existing tensions between the two superpowers. Despite warnings that he is encouraging xenophobia, Mr. Trump has repeatedly used the term “China virus” in what critics see as an effort to distance himself from the problem.
Especially in China and the Chinese diaspora, there is a growing demand for recognition of the hard work and sacrifices that tamed the outbreak, and a desire to tell the world what has gone right and wrong, and why.
“People in Western countries said China’s response was too authoritarian, didn’t respect people’s democracy and freedom enough,” said Yin Choi Lam, a Vietnamese-Chinese restaurant owner in Melbourne, Australia. “Now compare it to places like Italy, where the death rate is so high, or America, where no one knows how many people are sick. Would you rather have freedom or keep your life?”
Similar arguments are flooding Chinese social media. One popular comic shows China sick as the world watches behind a glass barrier, followed by a panel with an angry, healthy China behind the glass as other countries play and tussle without masks like unruly children.
On the backend, The Times journalists boasted of China’s supposed success and the lack thereof from Europe and the U.S. because they felt victim “more hesitation” in taking steps to stem COVID-19’s spread unlike China (and their neighbors) and are “now…hubs of infection sending disease across the globe.”
It’s a fact that China was the lynchpin for sending the coronavirus across this the globe, but the Dean Baquet-led paper is still thirsty for China’s love.
To close out this monstrosity, they trumpeted two Chinese women who had flown back from the U.S. and they had found the latter country’s response “disorienting” and feel “safer” in the former since, in the words of one of them, “everything was planned.”