(Tea Party 247) – On Monday, President Donald Trump, who never backs down from an opportunity to spar with any member of the mainstream media, asked a reporter whether she was working for the Chinese government after she asked him about medical supplies provided to the United States by Beijing.
It turns out, he wasn’t half wrong.
The reporter worked for Phoenix TV, which is a Hong Kong-based outlet with pro-Beijing sympathies.
She began her question by referring to medical supplies and equipment donated to the United States by the Chinese government and Chinese companies like Huawei and Alibaba.
“It’s a statement more than a question,” Trump replied after she listed the donations.
He then launched into a bit of a rant about the huge trade deficit between the US and China that he has worked so hard to address during his time in office.
The reporter then cut in, asking him, “Are you cooperating with China?”
Trump replied, “Who are your working for, China?”
“Do you work for China, or are you with a newspaper? Who are you with?” he added.
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 reporter replied that she works for Pheonix TV.
“Who owns that, China? Is it owned by China? Is it owned by the state?” Trump pressed.
“It’s a private company,” the reporter answered.
Turns out, Phoenix TV is not only very CCP-friendly, it’s considered state propaganda lite by some.
BizPac Review explains:
While Phoenix TV is not wholly-owned by the Chinese government, its content is widely considered to be sympathetic to Beijing.
The Hoover Institution regards it as a “quasi-official” news outlet with links to the Chinese government’s ministry of state security.
Freedom House, a pro-democracy think tank, said in a 2017 report that Phoenix TV is owned by a former Chinese military officer with a close tie to Beijing officials.
“Phoenix TV’s coverage is typically favorable to the CCP [Chinese Communist Party],” the report says.
“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.”
Trump calls ‘em like he sees ‘em, and in this case, he was right on the mark.
The Chinese government’s current propaganda efforts is to highlight the medical aide being provided to the United States and other countries during the pandemic of their own making.
On Sunday, the New York Times published a glowing op op-ed from Cui Tiankai, China’s ambassador to the US, doing just this.
Meanwhile, Chinese officials are downplaying Beijing’s initial attempts to downplay the extent of the virus, which they claim began at a food market in Wuhan.