Controversial Washington Post reporter Taylor Lorenz has criticized her own newspaper’s reporting on China and its opposition of Covid lockdowns in the country.
On Sunday, the Post tweeted a write-up about China’s record amount of coronavirus cases, observing how only a tiny proportion its billion-strong population are vaccinated.
‘ A coronavirus outbreak around the verge of being China’s greatest of the pandemic has exposed a critical flaw in Beijing’s ‘ zero covid’ technique: a vast population without natural immunity, ‘ the publish said.
Inside hours of the tweet, Lorenz, an ‘ internet culture’ columnist for the paper, re-tweeted the report with her own view on the matter, tearing apart the reporting.
‘ There is no lasting ‘ natural immunity’ to COVID. You can get covid over and over and over again bc there are so many forever evolving strains and antibodies wane. Also, choosing to not kill off millions of vulnerable people (as the US will be doing) isn’t a ‘ essential flaw’, ‘ Lorenz had written
Twitter users were appalled Lorenz would seemingly protect the authoritarian country’s lockdowns and implied human legal rights violations – with one particular user accusing her associated with ‘ spreading misinformation’ observing how her editors were unlikely to sanction her because any controversy might lead to more views for that Post’s website.
Lorenz later attempted to clarify her earlier tweet simply by suddenly praising the Post’s reporting adding how the article contained ‘ a lot more nuance btw’.
There were also very few immediate responses to Lorenz’s authentic tweet because her Twitter settings do not allow for a right of reply unless then her directly.