VSThe hina has grown so powerful, its influence and wealth so great, that even the media in the capital of the free world will promote its communist agitprop for a slice of the pie.
I don’t know if this is a failure of western journalism or of the free market.
“The Chinese Communist Party has paid a Washington, D.C. radio station $4.4 million over the past two years to broadcast propaganda,” the official said. Free Washington Beacon reports this week.
The report adds, “The Virginia-based Potomac Media Group detailed its lucrative contract with the Communist Party’s International Communications Planning Bureau in documents filed last Thursday with the Department of Justice. As part of the deal, Potomac Media’s WCRW, an AM station, airs China Global Television Network content and a series of talk shows that portray China in a positive light.
This is the part where we stop to point out that the $4.4 million figure represents payments for the last two years only. We only know that number because the Virginia-based media group was required by the Justice Department in 2019 to register as a foreign agent.
It turns out, however, that the Potomac Media Group has been broadcasting CCP propaganda since at least 1992, just a few years after the Tiananmen Square massacre. Although we don’t have any records for the years 1992 to 2018, it may be safe to assume that the US-based organization has done one kill (perhaps literally) in the past 29 years promoting the propaganda for a genocidal regime. After all, Potomac Media Group raised almost $5 million between July 2019 and August 2021. Imagine how much it has earned in total since the days of the Clinton presidency.
“Potomac Media’s Justice Department filing provides detailed details of its arrangement with the International Communications Planning Bureau, a branch of the Communist Party’s Propaganda Department,” the official said. Free Washington Beacon reports. “The Planning Office may review broadcasts and verify programming, depending on the contract. Potomac Media is required to provide the Planning Office with reports on audience reach, commentary, and “international organization rating.”
Unfortunately, Potomac Media Group is not the only US news organization producing pro-CCP content in exchange for Chinese blood money. the New York Timesthe the wall street journaland the FinancialTimes recently participated in similar content agreements with China.
It is remarkable that Potomac Media Group has been in business with communist China for as long as it has without seemingly the slightest remorse or introspection. Think about it. You’re a US-based chat group and you take bribes, uh, Payments of the Chinese Communist Party to spread communist propaganda? At what point do you just drop the masquerade of journalism and step out as a consultancy?
Also, as Jazz Shaw notes at Hot airit’s doubly remarkable Potomac Media Group has made no adjustments to its business model after 2019. One would think that having to present itself as a foreign agent would force the group (finally!) to reconsider its values and objectives.
I mean come on. If you are a news agency and the Ministry of Justice indicates that you must register as foreign agent, maybe it’s time to take stock of whether journalism is right for you.