Heritage’s John Cooper tweeted: “When your masthead bears the slogan ‘Democracy Dies in Darkness,’ a headline like this seems pretty tone-deaf, considering ‘young Chinese’ have no access to information or media not sanctioned or allowed by the Chinese Communist Party.”
But it isn’t just the headline.
What follows is from a “real” news story published in WaPo’s “Asia & Pacific” section, and not on the furthest left side of its crazy op-ed page.
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.
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.
That’s right: WaPo’s Anna Fifield actually wrote a puff-piece celebrating that scrappy little Chinese Communist Party for overcoming long odds in a difficult year.