Ted Cruz Calls For ‘Chinese Propaganda Outlet’ Phoenix TV To Lose Their WH Press Seat

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Ted Cruz has pointed out that the Phoenix TV network is allowed to have a seat in the White House Press Corps even though they are a known member of the Chinese propaganda arm.

Why in the world did the press corps allow them to be a member?

Here is the exchange between the reporter and Trump that brought their presence to our attention.

Cruz shared this article by the Free Beacon that states:

“The People’s Republic of China (PRC) exerts control over Chinese media and the control extends to Phoenix,” he added.

In 2009 testimony before the congressional U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, Anne Marie-Brady, a fellow at the Wilson Center, revealed that Phoenix is “nominally privately owned” but that its main investor is the state-owned enterprise China Mobile.

As an example of the broadcaster’s links to the government, Cruz noted that Phoenix in 2016 broadcast the forced confessions of five Hong Kong booksellers who had been kidnapped by Chinese authorities for violating Chinese censorship laws.

A Chinese-language broadcaster in Southern California, Chinese Sound of Oriental and West Heritage, initially filed an appeal with the FCC last month opposing the sale of XEWW to H&H.

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Chinese Sound stated that Chinese broadcasts from Rosarita, Mexico, near Tijuana, by XEWW would harm the company that broadcasts in Chinese from KQEV, a low-power FM station.

Chinese Sound on Tuesday filed a rebuttal to an H&H statement to the FCC arguing that Phoenix Satellite TV is not a Chinese government propaganda outlet.

In response, Chinese Sound provided testimony to the FCC from a former Phoenix TV news director, Chung Pong.

“I know from personal experience that Phoenix TV’s content is subject to the dictates of the leadership of the Central Communist Propaganda Department, Central Communist Overseas Propaganda Office, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which often directly sent instructions to Phoenix Satellite TV,” Pong said in a statement included in an FCC filing.

The Party and government instructions “included directives to remove specific items of news that violated the ‘Party’s news guidelines’ or positively reported [on] the United States or events in the United States,” he said.

So, we have a Chinese owned television station that has direct access to the President, asking him whether he is going to cooperate with China.

And we are supposed to believe that the same people that continue to harass Donald Trump during his daily press briefings, promote Chinese propaganda on their networks, and are on the White House Press Corps Board had no knowledge that they gave one of their coveted seats to an arm to the Chinese propaganda machine?

This is the reason that no one believes anything that comes from the mainstream media. They no longer care for the truth, and real journalism died a long time ago. I am thankful for senators like Ted Cruz. They seem to be the last protectors of our democracy.

Ted Cruz’s twitter thread says all you need to know: