This has been a rough year for news junkies. Changing stations for network and cable-TV news reveals not coherence but alternative realities. It’s easy to be confounded when caught in the middle of a muddle of polarizing differences, as social media spreads interpretations of the theology of what Flip Wilson, a popular comic of an earlier time, called the Church of What’s Happening Now. Today the abundance of sources enables massaging the news to fit personal prejudices and predispositions. It’s the famous slogan of The New York Times, “All the news that’s fit to print” distorted to “All the news that fits our bias, we print.”
The Global Times, based in Beijing, marries Communist Party propaganda with New York Post-style panache.