It’s becoming increasingly easy to tell when an American “journalist” is somehow owned by the Chinese Communist Party. Now subterfuge regarding loyalties is no longer necessary, these radical progressive journalists can openly tout the benefits of communism and invariably use the oppressive regime of the CCP as examples of governmental excellence.
An article in the Washington Post by Anna Fifield, Beijing bureau chief, could have just as easily been written by a member of the Chinese Communist Party as it was by the New Zealander with Marxist sympathies. It was a puff piece that used several strategies employed by the CCP’s vast media division, strategies that included anecdotal evidence being depicted as common and the logical fallacy of “begging the question.” Here’s an example of both tactics employed in a single sentence from the article:
Chinese who were complaining in February about the party’s coronavirus coverup reflect more positively on their experience now that they can see, through the American example, how much worse it could have been.
Are there Chinese people who complained in February and are now happy about the way Beijing handled the coronavirus crisis? Sure. With 1.4 billion people, there are certain to be those who changed their minds, but by no means is it appropriate to imply that the change of heart is common. As for begging the question, referring to “the American example” as being worse than what China has experienced is utterly ludicrous. According to official numbers from Beijing, all of China has had under 85,000 cases and fewer than 5,000 total deaths. Considering that a single funeral home in a medium-sized town in China had reported over 3,000 deaths in one week in April, it’s obvious the CCP is blatantly lying. That report was quickly taken down and scrubbed by the CCP. The owner of the funeral home is missing.
Then, there was the report in May that a partial examination of the number of reports revealed 640,000 LINES of cases in a database. Each line is a report from a hospital or other medical agency and tallies the TOTAL COVID-19 CASES for that facility. In other words, there were 640,000 reports that had at least one case. That’s not 85,000. But what makes it even more alarming is that every line in the database could have hundreds or even thousands of cases reported from that single facility. One medical expert in Hubei Province who asked for anonymity to avoid repercussions told NOQ Report the actual number of cases in China is well over 50,000,000, or about 3.5% of the population.
Still, the official numbers from the Chinese Communist Party says they have had fewer total cases in their entire population than the United States reports in any two-day period. If Fifield believes “the American example” of not telling balf-faced lies about the coronavirus to the people is “much worse” than what the Chinese Communist Party is doing, then she really should just work for them directly. Perhaps she already is.
This level of propaganda is more disturbing than just a puff piece for a tyrannical regime. It’s an unambiguous attempt to fuel the rise of communist sympathies in the west, particularly in the United States. The focus of the article is on the optimistic youth in China who are taking selfies in front of monuments of Chairman Mao in an effort to drive the pro-Marxist sentiment among youth in America. And it’s working. The rise of Black Lives Matter and Antifa, two unapologetic Marxist organizations, is a sign that the CCP’s vast propaganda machine abroad is scoring victories. Combine that with the radical indoctrination in American universities and it’s no wonder articles like this are mainstream in the United States today.
They’re using a broader tactic to boost the profile of the CCP in the eyes of young people in China and the United States. Rather that focus on the openness of the party, they’re painting it as an honor bestowed on the few. This is one of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s most effective strategies. Rather than grow CCP members through mass recruiting, they’re painting it as an achievement in which membership is only bestowed to the elite.
The WaPo article does the same. Throughout we’re told and even sold on the notion that, to steal a phrase from American Express, “membership has its privileges.”
Party membership means better education prospects and better jobs, more politically advantageous marriages and nicer apartments. For many, it is a ticket to a brighter future…
…The party’s membership stood at almost 92 million at the end of last year, according to the Central Committee’s Organization Department. That could mean some 270 million people — one-fifth of China’s population — would face a U.S. entry ban.
While the total number of party members has continued to grow, the rate of increase has slowed under Xi, from about 3.2 million in 2012 to only 1.3 million last year.
“The party has always been a mass organization masquerading as an elite,” said Richard McGregor, author of “The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers.” “But one of the most striking things about the CCP under Xi is that it is, in fact, becoming more of an elite. In other words, it is getting harder to be admitted as a member.”
Indeed, Xi is trying to ensure that the membership is more ideologically pure.
“They are weeding out those simply interested in using membership to advance their careers or business but not actually believing in the party’s guiding ideology or participating meaningfully in party bodies,” said David Gitter, president of the Center for Advanced China Research, a Washington-based think tank.
Leftist mainstream media is no longer just a bunch of cheerleaders for Democrats and the Chinese Communist Party. They’ve become the wholly owned mouthpieces for both. Their vision is of a Marxist America. They must be stopped.
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