Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Why we need to ask more questions about China

During a special order series of speeches on Friday, Rep. Louie Gohmert spoke about China's efforts to weaken the United States through the media.

He read from an article, “The ‘United Front’ – How China Has Co-opted The U.S. Media” by Charles “Sam” Faddis.
“Perhaps even more insidious than the obvious efforts of the Confucius Institutes to mold the thinking of both students and professors at institutions of higher learning across the Nation, however, are the direct inroads the Chinese Communist Party has made into the so-called mainstream media in this country. Armed with massive amounts of cash and leveraging the lure of the Chinese market, the CCP has, in essence, bought the voices of much of the ‘free press.’

“‘You often see representatives from American companies with financial ties to China naturally become defenders of the CCP's policies and spreading the CCP's propaganda’…”

You have even seen that in professional sports right here in the U.S.

“Most of the major American media outlets are owned by parent companies. These companies all have significant business interests inside China. They are dependent on Chinese goodwill and the approval of the Chinese Government to safeguard those interests.

The New York Times. Carlos Slim, a Mexican billionaire, owns 17.4 percent of the company and votes for one-third of the board. Slim has massive business dealings with Chinese companies tied to the CCP. Among those ties is Huawei, which is currently subject to U.S. sanctions for espionage and actions detrimental to American national security.”

With regard to The Washington Post: “In 2013, Amazon CEO and billionaire Jeff Bezos purchased The Washington Post for $250 million. Bezos has direct and massive ties to the Chinese market, which is controlled by the CCP. The production of Amazon's most popular products like Echo and the Kindle takes place almost exclusively in Chinese factories. When you purchase a Washington Post subscription, it comes with an advertising supplement called `China Watch.' This supplement is supplied courtesy of China Daily, a Chinese state-run media outlet.

CNN. The company is owned and run by WarnerMedia, which has significant financial and organizational ties to the CCP. WarnerMedia is invested in China Media Capital, a media company overseen by the Chinese Communist Party. CNN, via its President Jeff Zucker, is involved with NBA broadcasts into China and efforts to expand NBA programming there.

MSNBC and NBC. Both MSNBC and NBC News are operated by NBC Universal, a company with huge financial ties to the CCP. NBC is in partnership with China's state-run media organization. Xinhua has been identified by the U.S. State Department as a `foreign mission,' meaning it is completely an arm of the CCP and does not function as an independent news outlet. NBC Universal's Oriental DreamWorks is fully owned by a Chinese investment group.

ABC. Walt Disney and ESPN are both owned by ABC. Both companies have large investments in the Chinese economy. In 2019, when the NBA refused to denounce Chinese actions in Hong Kong, ESPN's senior news director instructed the network's staff to avoid discussing Chinese politics or matters related to Hong Kong.

Bloomberg. Both former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his company Bloomberg LP are heavily invested in China. Bloomberg LP sells terminals to its website in the Chinese market and helps finance Chinese companies by sending billions of dollars from U.S. investors to the Chinese bond market. Bloomberg LP supports 364 Chinese firms. Of these, 159 are owned by the CCP. In 2014, Bloomberg killed an investigation into the finances of the CCP elite. When the story was ready for publication, Editor-in-Chief Matthew Winkler crushed it, saying, `It is for sure going to, you know, invite the Communist Party to, you know, completely shut us down and kick us out of the country. So, I just don't want to see that as a story that is justified.'

“In short, essentially all major American media outlets other than those of a more conservative or libertarian bent are subject to powerful Chinese influence. What they cover is what the CCP wants them to cover. What they say is what the CCP wants them to say.

“A recent example is telling. In a report looking at evening news broadcasts from January 17 through March 13, 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 percent of the stories, reporters cited Chinese statistics. Those statistics, regarded as fraudulent by most objective observers, went unchallenged 97 percent of the time.

“This relationship between the U.S. news media and the CCP is only getting cozier. Recently, the State Department asked all U.S. employees of the Chinese state TV network CGTN to fill out detailed questionnaires with personal information. Based on the reporting, at least six former CNN reporters were found to now be working for the Chinese company.

“Perhaps, then, when we turn on the television and see the actions of Marxists and revolutionaries being celebrated, we should not be surprised. When we see the President and law enforcement vilified, we should not be shocked. It's just Beijing and the CCP's minions doing their job. It's the United Front.”

When it comes to fraudulent Chinese statistics, the most glaring are its numbers on the coronavirus.

The most populous nation on earth would have us believe that the virus originating within its border has killed only a few thousand people there, and then no more for weeks on end, while it remains very contagious and deadly everywhere else in the world.

There are two possibilities here:
1. China is telling the truth.
2. China is lying.

If China's numbers are accurate, then why aren't journalists asking, and policymakers demanding to know, how they're doing it? Does China have a vaccine its withholding from everyone else?

If China's numbers are not accurate, then journalists and policymakers should be demanding independent and free access to hard-hit areas of China to confirm the reported containment of the virus. (Perhaps no one wants to confirm China's numbers because no one believes that kind of task would be without high risk, even if that means they have to pretend they think it would not.)

Either way, reporters and policymakers should be doing more than just taking the Chinese at their every word when there are obvious problems with how they're portraying themselves to the world.

Additionally, when media organizations are owned by China-invested ownership, there should be more interest disclosures about their parent organizations by the above-named organizations. If they are not doing so on the basis of differentiating between Chinese companies and the Chinese Communist Party government, then they are in denial denial of how business works in China under communism.

Those who have escaped the clutches of Communist China report that the coronavirus death numbers are indeed much higher than reported. One estimate from April puts the number of deaths in Wuhan, China, as high as 700,000. To people who have lived in China and are no longer under Communist control, “None of the numbers from the CCP are believable. If they say, ‘a little’ then you translate as ‘a lot.’”

However, if China has a financial interest in the translators and a large part of our information supply chain, then it has a dishonest competitive advantage in a lopsided media market biased in its favor. That's a problem.

Pray: The good news is, we don't have to have the answer to this deeply entrenched problem. God is a God of truth, and we can call on Him to expose the lies, and to purify and cleanse our news organizations.

We should also be aware of what's happening, and that starts in the Church.

“The sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow the trumpets; and these shall be to you as an ordinance forever throughout your generations. When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the LORD your God, and you will be saved from your enemies” (Numbers 10:8-9).

Read the context of that, and you'll see, it's a call for the faith leaders to sound the alarm.

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