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Mar 6, 2023Liked by Sheluyang Peng

Excellent article. I’ll go even further- I bet a lot of these PMC Asian “explainers” can’t even read (Chinese) - they “heard” from someone that WeChat was filled with misinformation and they just repeat that because they can’t verify it themself.

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True. I've even seen leftist social justice flyers that say "read this in Mandarin". But Mandarin isn't a written language, it's a dialect. So a lot of these activists can't even get that right.

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對!漢語和中文不一樣!😉

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I love how you write about the real views of real people. Not the cartoons that are drawn by our clannish "journalists" who never venture outside the tony boundaries of their class neighborhoods.

But I do have to quibble with your definition of them as the "intelligentsia."

Educated (or indoctrinated) and entitled? For sure. Intelligent? Not by a longshot. Nobody who gets things so consistently wrong is intelligent.

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Mar 6, 2023·edited Mar 6, 2023Author

I didn't use "intelligentsia", I quoted an author that did. And the word intelligentsia doesn't mean someone who is intelligent. According to Merriam-Webster, the definition is "intellectuals who form an artistic, social, or political vanguard or elite." And that's what journalists at prestigious legacy publications (NYT, Wash Post, the Atlantic, etc.) are. It simply means someone who is educated at an elite institution (and those institutions are mostly woke) that have social power.

And yes to the real views bit. I miss when journalism actually was by the people for the people.

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I stand corrected, Peng.

And, as long as it's used in a mildly insulting way as you suggest, I'm all in! But "elite," Merriam-Webster??? Honestly??? These tribal bozos are the antithesis of "elite." Maybe they're "elite" in the same way as was Saddam's "Elite Republican Guard" as every journalist dickhead was lauding them in the run up to the war. Before they got rolled up, spit out and eliminated at the Battle of 73 Easting and other places. "Elite" journalists is an oxymoron when applied to our mainstream press. Think Katy Tur, the weeping Martha Raddish (yes I know it's misspelled), the sepulchral Andrea Mitchell, Chuckie Todd (big T, little odd) and Cryin' Brian Williams, the most comical of all. Btw - I don't consider the nitwits on CNN to be journalists.

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Very perceptive reporting; well done.

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It’s darkly comic to see how clear the disparity is between the sort of ideological solidarity among the working class across racial lines in our post-2016 world and our media’s refusal to simply accept it.

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I guess your point is also what made all those deep dives into white, middle American Trump voters in 2017 so enlightening to NY Times readers and so entertaining to people like me.

How could Arlie Hochschild and Kathy Cramer not know what they were talking about, but Salena Zito kept nailing it?

I mean, “Experts say studies show.”

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You ever notice how MSM reporting shows that Hispanics support undocumented immigration?

Not my Hispanic community.

Allowing immigrants to sneak into the country then live their lives in fear of being suddenly & unexpectedly deported is not anyone's idea of good policy. Our southern border is a disaster and both R's & Dems bear responsibility for refusing to address the problem.

I'm not mad at the migrants. I'm upset that the USA cannot/will not formulate a visa program. It is a political football and good people suffer.

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this was a great article i lived in sunset park for 3.5 years and the Chinese and Latin community do feel this strongly

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Those were likely part of a group called Falun Gong. They're not mainstream among Chinese Americans.

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