The New York Times, long known as a leftist progaganda outlet, has outdone itself this year with a host of articles sympathetically spotlighting—if not actually promoting—Communism.
The weekly series, entitled “Red Century: Exploring the History and Legacy of Communism, 100 Years After the Russian Revolution,” has been running since February. It features segments such as “Socialism’s Future May Be Its Past— Communism was a dead end, but we can reclaim socialism,” “Lenin’s Eco-Warriors,” “When Communism Inspired Americans,” “The Cold War and America’s Delusion of Victory,” and, jaw-droppingly, “Why Women Had better Sex Under Socialism.”
In one of the articles, Helen Gao writes, “For all its flaws, the Communist revolution taught Chinese women to dream big.” Flaws.
Suppose the Times published a piece titled, "For all its flaws, slavery taught black women to dream big." Imagine the well-deserved uproar that would inspire.
Gao recalls her grandmother, who was a journalist in the early decades of the People’s Republic of China, saying, “The Communists did many terrible things…But they made women’s lives much better.”
Gao’s piece is about life under Mao Zedong, the Communist revolutionary who governed China gruesomely from 1949 until his death in 1976. Here's how he “made women’s lives better”: with his Great Leap Forward campaign, which caused the deadliest famine in history, killing 15 million people. Other improvements in their lives involved arbitrary executions, purges, and forced labor, which resulted in between 40 and 70 million deaths.
The Times’s promotion of Mao’s China was so offensive to one reader, he posted a photo online of the severed heads of dozens of men and women who were victims of Mao’s murderous regime.
The positive portrayal of Communism by the left-of-left New York Times is disturbing, but it’s also an indication of the partisan politics of the media— to the left, Communist Russia has never been the enemy. Now, of course, it’s the evil empire across the sea because it may have colluded with a Republican president.
Regardless of how the Paper of Record tries to rehabilitate their reputations, the oppressive systems of Communism and socialism are dangerous, evil threats. Not just to places far away, but in this climate of increasing leftist radicalism, to America.