The New York Times was roasted on Monday evening for publishing a glowing story about China that was quickly labeled “propaganda” by critics, as many readers pointed out that the liberal newspaper doesn’t seem to mind pro-communist features but an op-ed by a Republican lawmaker caused chaos inside the newsroom.
Times reporter Li Yuan penned the story headlined, “In a Topsy-Turvy Pandemic World, China Offers Its Version of Freedom,” which praised the communist nation.
“While many countries are still reeling from Covid-19, China — where the pandemic originated — has become one of the safest places in the world,” she wrote. “Restaurants are packed. Hotels are full. Long lines form outside luxury brands stores. Instead of Zoom calls, people are meeting face to face to talk business or celebrate the new year.”