White Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany criticized Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) of hypocrisy for reportedly having a relationship with a suspected Chinese spy when he had been a proponent of the Russia collusion probe. She also accused the media of underreporting this story as well as the ongoing story about the federal investigation Hunter Biden‘s taxes.
At a Tuesday press briefing, McEnany was discussing the Trump administration’s policy toward Iran and saying that the four peace deals the United States has negotiated between Israel and predominantly Muslim countries did not get much media coverage. She added, “but I guess we shouldn’t be surprised because in the last 24, 48 hours, there have been quite a few stories that have not gotten a ton of coverage in the mainstream media.”
After which, the press secretary described the details of the original Axios report that broke the story about Swalwell, praising the outlet’s reporting.
She then turned her attention to Swalwell, accusing the Democratic congressman of hypocrisy for getting close to a suspected Chinese spy named Christine Fang when he had falsely accused President Donald Trump of collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
“Swalwell hypocritically went on to be one of the lead instigators of the Russia collusion hoax and the impeachment sham,” McEnany said.
She then pulled various quotes of Swalwell, where he falsely accused Trump and his allies of collusion with Russia and having a wide range of ties to the country.
After these quotes, McEnany said, “these baseless attacks were false yet covered breathlessly by the media. There was no coverage, however, of Swalwell being the one implicated with not Russia, but China. In fact, The New York Times website, as of this morning had not one result for Eric Swalwell’s ties to Chinese spies, not one result.”
Furthermore, she claimed that on the day the Swalwell story broke, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, and CBS had “zero” coverage of the story.
CNN, she said, “devoted three minutes and 16 seconds to it.”
Additionally, McEnany went on to compare various outlets’ headlines about Hunter Biden before and after the November 3 election to suggest that these outlets were favorable to then-candidate Joe Biden prior to the election but started to report on Hunter Biden after, which she called an “interesting turn of events”.
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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village
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.
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