Sara Carter on Sunday criticized the Biden administration’s move to nominate former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power to head the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), saying her role in unmasking Americans make her unfit for the job.
Carter, a Fox News contributor, was speaking Sunday evening to Fox News host Steve Hilton on his program “The Next Revolution” when she noted that Power’s role will be a “very important role—very powerful role—$27 billion worth of federal funding goes into that.”
“But remember, Samantha Power, she was involved in the Russia hoax,” she continued. “As far as unmasking, she was believed to have unmasked Americans more than 260 times, and she also unmasked Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn on multiple occasions. She never once answered the questions that [former Rep.] Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) had asked her during those hearings and never explained why she was unmasking so many people so much of the time.”
It was revealed in May 2020 that Power was one of dozens of government officials who had requested the unmasking of Flynn in 2017 for a phone call he had with a Russian ambassador to the U.S. He served as national security advisor for less than a month before resigning in February 2017 after it was revealed that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about the content of the phone call. In November last year, then-President Donald Trump pardoned Flynn.
Back in 2017, when Congress was looking into unmasking concerns, Powell denied that she leaked Flynn’s name or any classified information.
“It’s a mystery, it’s a mystery to most Americans why she was doing that and now she’s being rewarded going back to the UN,” Carter added.
On January 13, then-President-elect Joe Biden announced he was nominating Power to lead USAID. Before officially stepping up to the role, she needs to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
During the interview with Hilton, Carter also went after those the Biden administration is appointing to federal positions who, like Power, believed the 2016 Trump campaign had colluded with Russian officials to try and steal the election such as Susan Rice and Melissa Hodgman, the wife of disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok.
Like Power, Rice was an ambassador to the UN under President Barack Obama and was revealed to have requested Flynn’s unmasking. Currently, she is the director of the Domestic Policy Council for the Biden administration.
Since the week of Biden’s inauguration, Hodgman has served as the acting director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Enforcement. Her husband, Strzok, was infamously removed in 2017 from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and ultimately fired by the FBI a year later over anti-Trump emails and text messages he exchanged with former FBI Attorney Lisa Page.
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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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