The report, written by New York Times Asia technology columnist Li Yuan, goes to astonishing lengths to repackage the Chinese Communist Party’s brutal reign into something palatable and even admirable, including repeating, uncritically, the regime’s ludicrous coronavirus infections and fatalities figures.

The story cites three random sources, a “businessman,” a “retired lawyer,” and a Chinese “investor,” just so it can allege, laughably, that China’s purportedly successful handing of the pandemic that originated within its borders has “upended many perceptions, including ideas about freedom.”

Sure, China may be a brutally oppressive dictatorship, the article explains, but at least its people “have the freedom to move around and lead a normal day-to-day life” thanks to the state’s allegedly victorious war against COVID-19. The same cannot be said for the United States, the story adds, what with its quaint beliefs about liberty and self-determination.