U.S. Media is in China’s Pockets

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The leading American media outlets, both in print and on TV, continue to cover for China and its role in the development of the coronavirus. Why is that? What connection do U.S. media companies have with China? Well, perhaps, the relationship runs deep.

Tuesday night, Tucker Carlson opened his show reporting that hundreds of articles on the New York Times website from last summer suddenly vanished. The Times didn’t randomly select articles to erase from its archives. Thanks to readers who preserved the articles when they were in print, we have learned that each missing story includes propaganda designed to look like a news article and was paid for by the Chinese Communist Party.

Notably, the Times archive, which dates back to 1851, no longer carries an article headlined “China Watch: Diaoyu Islands Belong to China.”

“Why would the New York Times, America’s paper of record, print propaganda from a totalitarian regime and pretend it was a news article?” Carlson asks. 

You guessed it. Money. A lot of money. As Carlson notes, financial filings show the Times made more than $100,000 a month from the Chinese government.

Media outlets are like middle school students — they just want to fit in. They follow the leader. According to Fox News, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Washington Post followed the lead of the New York Times and accepted millions of dollars from the Chinese government in exchange for printing pro-China propaganda. 

“Since 2016, the Chinese government has paid $20 million to outlets like the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Washington Post,” Carlson says.

Twitter, whose “editors” have even less credibility than those at the Times, also got involved in the deal, taking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Chinese government. If you were wondering why Twitter allows the Chinese government to tweet propaganda about how it treats Muslim women in its concentration camps, you now have your answer.

Those CCP tweets remain on Twitter, but the NYT has deliberately erased much of its content from last year. So what’s changed? Why has the Times suddenly hidden and erased the propaganda pieces it published last summer? Is China no longer sending them money? The Times won’t say. When Fox News asked them about the deleted articles, the Times said they do “not discuss revenue beyond what is our quarterly earnings reports.”

Translation: it’s none of your business. That goes for you too, Times subscribers.

What we do know is that the financial windfall from China influenced the Times not to investigate the origins of COVID-19: “The biggest factor was that the New York Times was taking money from the Communist Chinese government. So they killed a story — which by the way, was not a conspiracy theory at all, but entirely real,” Carlson states.

Two Times staffers confirmed as much to The Spectator on Monday. The Spectator also reports that China was a crucial factor in the Times business model before the pandemic. The Times received millions of dollars from Chinese government-controlled outlets, particularly China Daily, before COVID hit.

“So as this virus emerged from central China to kill Americans in huge numbers, and people throughout the west, news organizations in this country made the same aggressively pro-China noises,” Carlson goes on.

We now have to wonder what role China played in the TV news coverage of the pandemic. From the start, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News, and CBS News dismissed the possibility that China may have developed the virus.

And they are still doing China’s bidding to this day. On Monday, each of those TV networks ignored a bombshell report from House Foreign Affairs Committee Republicans, which makes a compelling case that COVID-19 originated in a Wuhan lab. CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News, and CBS News mentioned the finding a combined zero times.

There’s a lot we still don’t know about the relationship between China and American corporate media. And based on how the Times operates, we may never know. But the outlet’s ties to China at least explain why the paper has protected China since the start of the pandemic. The mainstream media doesn’t care whether China, their generous business partner, played a role in developing the virus. Random users on message boards have demonstrated more curiosity about the origins of the virus than paid media reporters.

The U.S. media has always been dishonest, but a totalitarian regime has now compromised it as well. Following Tucker Carlson and The Spectator’s reports, whatever credibility the news industry had on Monday, which wasn’t much, has been considerably reduced today. 

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack is a writer for OutKick where he reports and analyzes the latest topics in media, culture, sports, and politics..

Burack has become a prominent voice in media and has been featured on several shows across OutKick and industry related podcasts and radio stations.


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  1. It cannot be overstated the degree to which colleges have ruined our nation.

    Every propaganda carrying journalist was once in a journalism school, at a left wing seminary otherwise known as a college. Sitting in front of a hard left professor who told them that “the cause” was more important than the truth. And here we are.

    • I thought colleges were bad back when I went and then dropped out 20 years ago, and yet they’ve gotten even worse and more worthless. A buddy of mine who graduated over 15 years ago showed me what he still owes on his loan last night….over $20,000 and I make just as much as him with potential for more, and he’s been with his job for almost 10 years! He’s still more successful than probably half of all college grads too(at least). The entire education system in this country is a joke thanks to the leftists taking over

    • I say this without hyperbole: The concerning thing is that many of the people who write for the NYTimes have zero problem with communism.

      ybecause their atheist college professor told them that “aCtuAllY, iTs nEvEr rEAllY bEeN tRiEd” and they believed him.

  2. Great article, Bobby, getting the truth out.

    China is in a soft war with the USA for world domination. Instead of directly attacking us, they are turning us against each other. It’s a very clever strategy to use against a heterogenerous society – find the fault lines in the fabric of the society and work them open, make the country destroy itself. It’s something we can never do back to them because they don’t have the racial division and the freedom for clowns with a platform to amplify messages of division like we do – from the media, athletes, politicians… so many useful idiots for the Chinese regime. Here’s your 30 pieces of silver, betray your country clown. Yessir Mr. Xi sir thank you sir. So many useful idiots whining about the “legacy of slavery” while they serve the nation that CURRENTLY has millions of Uighar slaves.

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