Mainstream Media Outlets Embrace Chinese Government’s Propaganda
Do you remember when Rachel Maddow claimed that OAN was “really literally paid Russian propaganda?” She got in hot water for that because it wasn’t true, but it was that classic leftist moment. You know the one. She was accusing her adversaries of her crimes in order to deflect. The unfortunate truth is that most of our major newspapers in the U.S. are really literally paid Chinese propaganda.
This starts with China Daily. It’s a newspaper owned and controlled by the Chinese Communist Party. It is literally managed by the government’s propaganda department, and it is in circulation in every major English-speaking country. That of course includes ours.
It is already a problem that the CCP can circulate propaganda within our borders, but the larger issue is how they have operated in the U.S. In addition to circulating their own print, they give money to major outlets, and those outlets then disseminate the propaganda. It has been a large racket and detrimental to our institutions.
Here’s a short list of major outlets that have taken CCP money to push their agendas. The Wall Street Journal took at least $85,000. The L.A. Times took $340,000. Foreign Policy (the magazine) took $100,000. The Financial Times (which is based in the U.K.) took $223,000. These payments were to display multi-page ads that were labeled as real news stories.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop there. The L.A. Times took another $110,000 to distribute China Daily. The Houston Chronicle took $92,000 for the same purpose, and the Boston Globe got a cut of $76,000 to distribute China Daily. In total, China Daily has spent $4.5 million in propaganda outreach in the U.S. in 2020 alone.
This isn’t a new problem, either. These numbers are just for 2020. All of these institutions have been on the take for years, and there are plenty more that have not disclosed 2020 fillings yet. Since 2016, The Washington Post has received $4.6 million from China Daily. They’re supposed to be one of our two most-trusted newspapers in the whole country.
The other “most-trusted” is The New York Times. They have not disclosed how much they received in payments, but they secretly cut ties with China Daily in August. That means that The New York Times published Chinese propaganda for most of this year, and plenty of years before 2020.
Lest you think this is relegated to overtly leftist news outlets, some that are loosely considered to fall on the right are also guilty. The Wall Street Journal has also been promoting China Daily stories (not that the WSJ is a real conservative outlet) to the extent that they have an entire section of their website dedicated to the Chinese outlet. Here’s an example of one of their paid advertisements that’s made out to look like a news story:
U.S. newspapers are taking CCP money to literally print and distribute Chinese propaganda. A “news” agency can’t fall any further than this. Our major journalists are on the payroll of the CCP, and they dare to claim to be unbiased, fair or accurate? We have lost our media completely, and the only way forward is without them.