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Western Media Falls Into China’s Propaganda Trap

Trump sanctuary cities administrationThe idea that some American and European news outlets are giving more credibility to the Chinese party line on the coronavirus than they do to their own governments is nothing less than bizarre. Yet, here we are.

Even in this time of national crisis, sheer hatred for the U.S. president causes many in the mainstream media to interpret his every action and statement as unacceptable.

On top of that, Beijing for years has been constructing the grid for information warfare against the United States, which it now is deploying full force. This combination has produced a shameful capitulation by the media establishment to China’s communist authoritarian regime.

This has been reflected in decisions by news outlets such as CNN, NBC, CBS, and ABC to cut away from President Donald Trump’s daily coronavirus briefings at the White House.

Ted Koppel, whose classic “Nightline” show was born out of the Iran hostage crisis in 1979, and who now is back on the air, has commented that statements by Trump that are unfiltered by journalists are not newsworthy.

Day after day, media pundits blast and malign Trump. Meanwhile, networks carry the daily briefings by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a liberal Democrat, as if only the news from New York counts.

Not only that, but according to the Media Research Center, the same news media that continuously piles on Trump fails almost entirely to shine a critical light on the actions of the Chinese government.

In a damning report looking at evening news broadcasts from Jan. 17 (when the first coronavirus story broke) through March 13 (when the president declared a national state of emergency), the Media Research Center found that out of 634 minutes of coronavirus coverage, just 3 minutes and 14 seconds were in any way critical of the Chinese government’s actions.

In 20% of the stories, reporters cited Chinese statistics, but failed to challenge them most of the time (97%).

Over the past decade, Beijing has invested heavily in extending its propaganda reach across the globe, which now is paying off.

Major newspapers such as The Washington Post and the Financial Times carry paid “country advertising” supplements, paid for by China and other countries practicing public relations. These supplements are nice moneymakers for the news organizations and almost indistinguishable from regular news pages.

In some cases, the arrangement goes even further. According to an investigation by the Daily Caller, the Daily Mail newspaper in London has had a content-sharing relationship since 2015 with China’s People’s Daily, the official organ of the Chinese Communist Party.

The Daily Mail thus can be found to echo the Communist Party line on the COVID-19, which originated in China.

Last week, the Mail ran a story about a second outbreak in China, saying: “Beijing’s leading doctor warns of a NEW [MK1] coronavirus outbreak in China after the country reported its first case of someone ‘catching the illness from a person returning from abroad.’”

This story got 1.1 million shares on social media. Countries singled out by it are the United States, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

The storyline is that the United States, not China, is responsible for the coronavirus emerged in March as a propaganda tactic by Beijing. On March 13, People’s Daily published a story based on statements by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian alleging that a visit by U.S. military athletes to Wuhan in October spread the coronavirus in China.

“It might be US army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan,” Zhao said on Twitter.

“U.S. is the creator of human right [sic] disasters” reads a March 23 article on the People’s Daily website.

This line attempts to deflect blame while undermining China’s primary international competitor, the United States.

China’s information war goes hand in hand with a bid for greater global influence. Although this is unconscionable, it’s not hard to grasp the motivation of the leadership in Beijing.

What is much harder to comprehend is the readiness of the mainstream media to give Beijing a pass—all the while showing irrational disdain for the heroic efforts of America’s president and his administration.

Reprinted with Permission from - Daily Signal by - Helle Dale

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6 months ago

Hard to believe. Am I the first responder ? What is the incentive for the media to extol the Chi-Coms ? The great growth of their economy ? So what. What do you expect when we allow our leaders to give up virtually all manufacturing jobs to a nation of subjugation. We US citizens ( not americans. Americans live in Venezuela and Cuba) are the dumb ones. Oh yes. We sat around 25 years unemployed or underemployed while the worlds nastiest nation, yes a nation of filth , was handed our jobs by our own swamp monsters who should all… Read more »

6 months ago

Well just think about WHO stated that those overseas jobs will never come back. Mr. “I was a common senator in 2008 and somehow now I have a $15,000,000 mansion on Martha’s Vineyard” Barack Hussein Obama. Don’t get me started!

Dr. Al
6 months ago

The media is the left! The people who make up this segment of our population hate anyone and anything that stands in the way of their agenda. The last president had Zars in the White House who praised Chinese Communist Chairman Mao. They were not outed you any other than conservatives. China chooses to defeat the United States and the free world. They covet our land and rich resources. Their patience in acquiring media assets, financial footholds, Hollywood control and yes the media is calculated in the grand scheme of the goal to dominate the world and destroy democracy. Follow… Read more »

6 months ago

China starts a virus , spreads it globally since it makes all are medical and drugs it can withhold them at will.
Every thing shuts down ,stocks fall dramatically China buys all. The next Depression hits .
China is the majority stock holder of the USA and not a shot fired China takes over.
Crazy ? Think about it…but not too long.

R. Bart
6 months ago

It is not a disdain of an American President as much as it is a disdain of the American way of life. In other words our freedoms and our liberty. Those freedoms and liberty allow us to not do what or when they want us to do something. That’s right, they want us to do what they want us to do because we are obviously (to them) incapable of making the correct (to them) decisions for our own lives. While we may not always make the right decision we certainly do better than if we lived in China where telling… Read more »

6 months ago

The Chicoms should be hauled in to international court and SUED! We shouldn’t have to go thru a new virus every 4-5 years coming out of Asia! Make them pay.

6 months ago

Our politicians on both sides if the aile and the fake news media sold Americans out to China.

6 months ago

Thanks PaulE. Who will save us ? Only we ourselves can save us. Many don’t like that answer but if we think we can elect people to save us, we’re fools.
We must elect the right people and then hound them to death to do the right thing . Also, we must stop creating 30 year ( or 20 year) congresspeople.
These people must be shown that they can easily replaced. I guarantee you that my congressperson and both senators can be replaced tomorrow and
we won’t skip a beat.

Patrick Bauer
6 months ago

The news media has been so anti-Trump and his administration that they will report anything anyone else says as fact. It is truly disgusting!!

6 months ago

This coronavirus should more correctly be called the “Chinese Communist Party” virus as the Commies let the bug run amok in China while a steady stream of people sailed back and forth in and out of China spreading the disease worldwide. Now our Lamestream media, and their political allies in the Swamp try to lay the blame on our President. The saddest part of it all is that a large segment of US citizens and the millions of non-citizens taking up space here don’t have enough sense to figure out when they are being lied to. Case in point: All… Read more »

Lonnie Zastrow
6 months ago

“Falls”, I don’t think “Falls” is the correct word, I think conspires is more appropriate.

Robin Boyd
6 months ago

Progressive Socialism is not interested in national borders. Fascist Communists want the world to be Communist so there is no alternative government for mere subjects to live under. This is why Western Progressives are so willing to side with Communists.

Robert Cassidy
6 months ago

The MSM did not fall into China’s lies. They are promoting it to destroy President Trump and the freedoms we expect in our country.

6 months ago

Pro Basketball is ruled by China also. On the bright side this commie virus shut down the basketball season.

Pamellia Duncan
6 months ago

I read an article today by Tucker Carlson that the Chinese have been informed by Chinese scientists that the virus was from a horseshoe bat, not normally from WUHAN CHINA. The report was turned into the Chinese government.

Pat R
6 months ago

US mainstream media gets their revenue more from China now huh? Well that speaks volumes then about the constant turmoil they create & promote against Trump. It speaks volumes too about their attack on Christians – against a business owner who, without being asked, has converted his a large portion of his factory’s manufacturing to making N95 masks for hospital staff, and who names the name of Christ in relating that changeover to the media from the White House lawn. MSM are pathetic and accepting a Communist Country’s money & quid pro quo running of Chinese print as their own… Read more »

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