Watch Trump Grill China-Linked Reporter Press Corps Made Mistake of Inviting to WH
As if President Donald Trump didn’t have it tough enough facing a gauntlet of hostile, activist media at his daily coronavirus task force briefings, now he has to address questions from reporters linked directly to communist China.
A reporter working for the Hong Kong-based network Phoenix TV really wanted to know if the president was “cooperating” with China’s communist regime, while simultaneously portraying China as a source of humanitarian aid for Americans.
“Only last week, there were multiple flights coming from China for medical supplies, companies like Huawei and Alibaba have donated to the United States. Like 1.5 million N95 masks, and also a lot of medical gloves and much more medical supplies,” she said.
Trump responded, “That sounds like a statement more than a question.”
“Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai last night wrote an op-ed in The New York Times calling for cooperation with the United States,” the Phoenix TV reporter continued. “So are you personally working directly with China on medical supplies?”
Trump attempted to answer the question when the reporter interjected.
“Are you cooperating with China?” she asked.
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“It’s a private-owned company.” the reporter answered.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 7, 2020
And here’s a more condensed version:
President Trump just asked a reporter from Phoenix TV which is based in Hong Kong repeatedly if she’s working for China. She said she works for a private company in Hong Kong that is not owned by the state. Trump said, “OK good.”
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) April 6, 2020
CNN correspondent Vivian Salama also made an issue of Trump’s impromptu interrogation.
— Vivian Salama (@vmsalama) April 6, 2020
But, if you were watching, you got a sense that President Trump was really onto something — and he was.
The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross did what the establishment media reporters were apparently unwilling to do when he unearthed some very interesting information about Phoenix TV from media watchdogs The Hoover Institution and the think tank Freedom House.
The Hoover Institution, for example, in an evaluation of various Chinese media outlets, deemed Phoenix TV in 2018 as a “quasi-official” media platform that is “fully controlled by Chinese government.”
And in a 2017 report outlining Chinese government influence in the U.S., Freedom House researcher Sarah Cook evaluated Phoenix TV and found that it is “the second most widely available Chinese-language television station on cable in the United States.”
Cook further found the network is owned by “a former military officer with close ties to Beijing officials.”
“Phoenix TV’s coverage is typically favorable to the [Chinese Communist Party]. Moreover, over the past two years, it has been used as an outlet for airing televised confessions by various detained CCP critics, most notably all five Hong Kong booksellers abducted by Chinese security forces in late 2015,” she wrote.
Cook also wrote that state-run China Central Television was reported to hold a 10 percent stake in the network.
While the establishment media has already proven itself to be more than willing to carry water for China’s authoritarian regime, it is now enabling actual reporters from outlets with ties to the Chinese Communist Party to attend the president’s briefings.
WHCA members had a meltdown.
So they removed OAN from their little chair club.
— Chanel Rion OAN (@ChanelRion) April 7, 2020
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