On Balance by Robert Delaney
What a White House reporter’s demotion tells us about Mike Pompeo and the Trump years
- The demotion of a Voice of America journalist after she tried to ask a question of the secretary of state invites an unflattering comparison with the Chinese government’s treatment of citizens who ‘pick quarrels and provoke trouble’
Robert Delaney is the Post’s North America bureau chief. He spent 11 years in China as a language student and correspondent for Dow Jones Newswires and Bloomberg, and continued covering the country as a correspondent and an academic after leaving. His debut novel, The Wounded Muse, draws on actual events that played out in Beijing while he lived there.