Headline image from original CRI image, via South China Morning Post
China Radio International (CRI), in its expert analysis of the recent American Supreme Court’s decision to alter the 1965 Voting Rights Act, published an article headlined “A federal state of the United States cancels African-American suffrage.” Nailed it, comrades.
While the court’s decision to alter the law has certainly come under criticism, it is a far step canceling black suffrage; it simply changes the ways that states relate to the national government when changing their voting policies. The CRI article has since been removed, but South China Morning Post provides an excellent run-down on the piece’s wonderful flaws:
It [the article] claimed that US state Alabama’s Supreme Court had decided to “cancel several core clauses of the Voting Rights Act, [and that] all African Americans of [Alabama] would no longer possess the proper voting qualifications.” The article said this decision had caused an “uproar” in the United States, with both the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People as well as President Barack Obama expressing deep regret. […]
While certain parts of the article were accurate, CRI’s overall interpretation of the news was wrong […] Before [the article] was removed, it was picked up by several other news agencies until the Chinese edition of Voice of America addressed the mistake on Thursday. It published an editorial that called CRI’s website an “international joke” and criticised the article as a “misinterpretation and distortion of American politics”.
We all eagerly await another “sexiest-man-alive” caliber fuck-up from China’s state media, and it looks like they’re trying their damnedest to give us one.