It seems traditional American, pro-democratic values may be less important to the NBA than its Chinese revenue. Distancing itself from Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey over his support for Hong Kong in its battle against the authoritarian Chinese state was apparently the league’s latest smart money move.
One of the news social media apps is copying the strategies of big name sites — censorship. TikTok, a wildly popular app that is managed by a sinister moderation system, is censoring posts about President Donald Trump, Christianity and the LGBT community, according to leaks sent to The Guardian.
The South Park episode "Band in China" that aired Wednesday night exposed the brutalities and human rights abuses of the Communist government and we're feeling pretty good about it. The episode slammed the entertainment industry for allowing Communist China to censor content produced in the United States.
Paul Crookston at the Washington Free Beacon captured a sickening moment on NPR's Morning Edition on Tuesday. All Things Considered anchor Ailsa Chang traveled to Beijing for the 70th anniversary of iron-fisted Communist Party rule and was interviewed by morning host Steve Inskeep. Chang touted how Red China's record on poverty is "spectacular."
CNN host Chris Cuomo devoted his closing argument Friday night to trashing President Trump. Cuomo declared that “the President’s mouth is a threat to this country” and accused the President of racism.
It’s hard serving two masters, especially if both of them are at each other’s throats and the one you’re more partial to is inflicting human rights violations on the one you need to keep your happy, Mickey Mouse PR appearance alive. That’s the predicament Disney is in after the star of its newest live action remake is being blasted for her support of the pro-Beijing authoritarians accused of bludgeoning pro-democratic Hong Kong protestors.
President Trump has repeatedly promised, “America will never be a socialist country.” Since Franklin Roosevelt began expanding government in the 1930s, the United States has increasingly adopted big-state policies associated with socialism. We may not be at the stage Bernie Sanders would advocate, but more millennials appear to favor a system under which they have never lived. Free stuff is appealing until one realizes its costs.
At this writing, the Chinese communist regime looks ready to crack down on protesters in Hong Kong. It remains to be seen whether the standoff ends in a Tiananmen Square-style bloodbath, but the demonstrations pose a direct challenge to the Chinese government, and Beijing will respond forcefully -- its what authoritarian regimes do.
The New York Times will go to great lengths to whitewash international Communism, either by leaving out atrocities committed in its name or by demonizing America’s side of the Cold War. The latter strand was in evidence on the front page of Sunday’s New York Times in international trade and economics reporter Ana Swanson’s “Red Scare Grows in Washington, Now With China as Boogeyman," which reduced America's Cold War strategizing to a "paranoid...Red Scare."
The Top Gun sequel is set for release next June, but all is not right with Maverick. It seams the producers have bent the knee to strongman Xi Jinping in Beijing. On Twitter, Globe and Mail reporter Mark MacKinnon noted that the Top Gun: Maverick trailer features Maverick’s iconic leather jacket; however, the new rendition removed the original Japanese and Taiwanese flag patches. MacKinnon later revealed that China’s Tencent Pictures is one of the main producers of the new Top Gun which explains the change.
The New York Times has a repellent recurring habit of whitewashing the evils of Communism while actually praising the murderous ideology by giving it unearned credit for its ideals, which were never achieved and often dubious in themselves, while bashing freedom and capitalism. The latest appeared in Wednesday’s Times, with Amy Qin reporting from China with “As China Prospers, Women Watch Futures Fade.”
Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) roasted Google’s representative at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. The hearing, “Google and Censorship through Search Engines,” featured numerous heavy hitters from both sides of the political aisle bludgeoning the platform. When Google’s Vice President of Public Policy Karan Bhatia said that censoring conservatives would be inconsistent with Google’s values, Hawley quipped “Except for when you do it in China, right?”