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“CNN sucks!”: CPAC crowd surrounds CNN’s Jim Acosta, heckles him

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When CNN’s Jim Acosta arrived at CPAC on Friday, he was quickly engulfed by conference attendees heckling him and chanting, “CNN sucks!”

This year’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference—being held this year in Orlando, Florida instead of Washington, D.C. due to COVID-19 restrictions—began on Friday, will feature a whole assortment of conservative speakers and culminate with former President Donald Trump speaking on Sunday.

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Video from Bloomberg News’ William Turton at the scene shows Acosta completely surrounded in a large, open-space lobby area by a crowd of cellphone-wielding attendees.

At one point in Turton’s footage, a woman could be heard saying, “Get him. Get him.”

One man wearing a mask that appeared to say “Joe Biden Is Not My President” also shouted, “Fake news. Jim Acosta is fake news!”

Then the crowd starts chanting “CNN sucks! CNN sucks! CNN sucks!” and the Acosta tries to make his way through the sea of people.

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At another point while Acosta was stuck in the crowd, David Marcus of The Federalist confronted the CNN journalist about the network’s lack of coverage of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s numerous ongoing scandals while Acosta was conducting an interview.

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“When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?” Marcus asked him bluntly, with Acosta telling him that he was in the middle of an interview.

Marcus repeated his question, and Acosta asserted that “we do.”

The exchange then devolved into Marcus saying CNN hasn’t been covering Cuomo and Acosta saying the network has been, with Marcus getting more specific about the governor’s scandals.

Acosta tried to deescalate the situation, saying to him, “Sir, let me just finish this interview and then I’ll talk to you, okay? If you don’t mind.”

“No,” Marcus angrily replied.

“What do you mean ‘no’?” Acosta asked.

“I mean no,” Marcus responded.

“Well then excuse me, I have an interview,” Acosta said, brushing him off.

Marcus then approached Acosta again and interrupted his interview, continuing to ask him questions about covering Cuomo.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village

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Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.

But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.

Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19

The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.

Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China

The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”

Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World

The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”

In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.

While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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