By Jon Dougherty @TheNatSent
During his daily coronavirus briefing on Monday, the president pressured a reporter over whether she ‘worked for China’ after she prefaced a regime-friendly question with a list of talking points that sounds like it came from the propaganda ministry in Beijing.
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The report, who works for the outlet Phoenix TV, noting that the Chinese government and companies like Huawei and Alibaba have donated medical supplies and equipment to the U.S. to handle coronavirus pandemic.
â€œItâ€™s a statement more than a question,â€ said the president after the reporter ticked off the talking points list.
Trump then began riffing about the massive trade imbalance between China and the United States and said he was the only president in modern history to try and address it.
Then the reporter interjected with a question, finally, and it was: â€œAre you cooperating with China?â€
Say what? If anything, the Chinese should be groveling at the feet of every nation on the planet and going out of its way to mitigate the damage done to the global economy and to people’s lives who have been disrupted by a virus that originated in a filthy, disease-ridden wet market.
â€œWho are your working for, China?â€ the president shot back. â€œDo you work for China, or are you with a newspaper? Who are you with?â€ he continued.
President Trump asks a reporter "who are you working for, China?"
She says that her company is private and based in Hong Kong. pic.twitter.com/jDNcAlO4Y4
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 6, 2020
The report responded that she works for Phoenix TV.
â€œWho owns that, China? Is it owned by China? Is it owned by the state?â€ Trump pressed.
â€œItâ€™s a private company,â€ the reporter said.
Ho ho, she says. Maybe so. But it’s notÂ really ‘independent’ or unbiased, as The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross notes:
While Phoenix TV is not wholly-owned by the Chinese government, its content is widely considered to be sympathetic to Beijing.
The Hoover InstitutionÂ regards itÂ as a â€œquasi-officialâ€ news outlet with links to the Chinese governmentâ€™s ministry of state security.
Freedom House, a pro-democracy think tank, said inÂ a 2017 reportÂ that Phoenix TV is owned by a former Chinese military officer with a close tie to Beijing officials.
â€œPhoenix TVâ€™s coverage is typically favorable to the CCP [Chinese Communist Party],â€ the report says.
â€œMoreover, 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.â€
Busted for ‘allegedly’ lying about the effects of coronavirus and its potential to infect the planet, China has launched one propaganda effort after another either attempting to shift blame (to the U.S. military, among others) or to highlight ‘all the good’ it’s doing as the pandemic spread beyond its borders.
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Meanwhile, the Chinese government has hoarded vitally needed medical supplies like masks, gloves, and gowns for itself.
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