The New York Timesarchives Twitter account wanted to mark the anniversary of the death of Mao Zedong, the brutal Chinese dictator who oversaw and caused the deaths of at least 45 million of his own people.

It’s reasonable for the New York Times to commemorate the man’s death, considering the fact that he’s a tragic blight on China’s history.  But, it’s all in the execution, pardon the pun.

The archives account tweeted out a 1976 obituary from the paper’s history, with a most alarming caption:

 “Mao Zedong died on this day in 1976. The Times said he ‘began as an obscure peasant’ and ‘died one of history’s great revolutionary figures.’”

That’s like saying Hitler was a “charismatic leader who knew how to get people to follow him” and omitting the whole genocidal maniac thing.

The Twitter outrage was swift and fierce, causing the paper to delete the tweet.

“We’ve deleted a previous tweet about Mao Zedong that lacked critical historical context.”

Ha!  “Critical historical context” in this sentence is a euphemism for “45 million dead Chinese people.”  

I guess this is the closest thing to an apology we’ll get from the New York Times.  However, I imagine the person running the Archives Twitter Account is a young person who was educated at a modern university which has attempted to downplay the dangers of communism and socialism for years.

This kind of negligent falsehood is the inevitable result of such strategic mis-education campaigns in higher education.

Image Credit: Twitter screen grab

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