Not long ago, China was denounced for using diplomatic and trade pressure to punish countries whose *independent* media were critical of Chinese policy.
The example that comes to mind involved Israel’s Jerusalem Post, and unsubtle threats the CCP was making in response to unflattering news coverage.
The Chinese Embassy fired a stern warning to The Jerusalem Post last week, after the paper published an in-depth interview with Taiwan’s foreign minister.
Absurdly to anyone in western media, the letter demanded that the Post “respect China’s core interests” and threatened to downgrade relations with Israel should the Post not comply with China’s demands to remove the article. —Jpost
That same article cited other examples of China using the same thuggish coercive tactics to bully reporters into silence. Emily Schrader continued:
China has been ramping up its interference with foreign press for several years. In 2019, Reporters without Borders (RSF) released a report detailing how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has spent $1.3 billion to increase the presence of Chinese state-run media internationally, and how China has attempted to control foreign media outlets by buying a stake in them. As a result, journalists and contributors have faced consequences for their anti-China views.
A columnist for a South African publication, 20% of which was owned by China, had his column canceled after he criticized the CCP. Similarly, journalists in Sweden and Russia have been threatened by Chinese Embassy officials (much like I experienced myself) after writing unfavorable articles about China. China has acquired stakes in or agreements with local media outlets in the Czech Republic, Australia, Egypt, Serbia, the Philippines, Italy and elsewhere. In Africa it has essentially overhauled the media, creating entirely new, Chinese-controlled media outlets and hiring “journalists” whose reporting it can control.
The RSF report stated that China is regularly “employing blackmail, intimidation and harassment on a massive scale” to control what foreign journalists say about China.–Jpost
Meanwhile, we’ve been learning more about efforts to exert Chinese influence closer to home.
A mouthpiece for the Chinese Communist Party paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to advertise in USA Today, which claims it “represents the voice of an entire nation.”
China Daily has since October 2021 spent $287,500 advertising in USA Today, according to filings with the Department of Justice. The iconic American newspaper is the latest news outlet to partner with the Beijing-controlled newspaper, which in recent years has paid outlets like Time, the Los Angeles Times, and Foreign Policy magazine millions of dollars to publish articles as part of Beijing’s aggressive propaganda campaign in the West.
The USA Today–China Daily partnership comes amid heightened scrutiny over the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to shape Americans’ views of Chinese culture and its domestic and foreign policy. Newspapers like the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post ended advertising deals with China Daily because of foreign influence. Human-rights groups have criticized American news companies for publishing China Daily articles that tout the Chinese Communist Party’s policies in Tibet, Hong Kong, and other disputed regions. —FreeBeacon
USA Today isn’t the only one who has been getting their palms greased by associates of a hostile regime.
Here’s what they’ve spent in the last 4 years.
One of China’s main propaganda outlets has paid American newspapers nearly $19 million for advertising and printing expenses over the past four years, according to documents filed with the Justice Department.
China Daily, an English-language newspaper controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, has paid more than $4.6 million to The Washington Post and nearly $6 million to The Wall Street Journal since November 2016, the records show. —DailyCaller
There’s been another $1.6 million spent in the last 6 months.
Wanna know who they think is for sale?
The breakdown of the $1.6 million is as follows: $700,000 to TIME, $272,000 to the Los Angeles Times, $291,000 to Foreign Policy magazine, and $371,577 to the Financial Times. It also paid more than $1 million to major newspapers, including the Boston Globe, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune, to print copies of its publications,
This isn’t the first time American news publications accepted money from organizations backed by the Communist China Party. Major newspapers like the New York Times and the Washington Post ended their relationship with China Daily after critics complained they were publishing Chinese-state propaganda. —FoxNews
Yeah, these are the same clowns who spent 5 years trying to concoct evidence that Trump was ‘really’ nothing more than Putin’s puppet. How ironic.
Don’t expect the so-called Media watchdogs to object in any way. They’re too busy shaking down anyone on the right who pokes holes in the Biden Administration’s official narratives.
And does anyone really think that Joe Biden will stand in the way of Chinese influence?
Apart from agents of foreign nations working in their own countries’ national interests, Hunter is probably all but unemployable. In fact, if there were an (R) after his name, he’d be doing time already for far less.
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