Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) filings from the Department of Justice (DoJ) show that nearly every mainstream media outlet in the West has been broadcasting “favorable coverage” of communist China in exchange for “private dinners” and “sponsored trips.”
The China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF), which is funded by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has maintained a close relationship with media outlets like CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post, which continue to “disseminate positive messages” about China in exchange for the gifts they receive from the communist Chinese regime.
Other mainstream media outlets on the dole from China include MSNBC, Forbes, the Financial Times, Reuters, Bloomberg, ABC News, the Economist, The Wall Street Journal, TIME magazine, the Los Angeles Times, AFP, The Hill, The Atlantic and BBC.
CUSEF also targets American colleges and universities with offers of funding for policy research, high-level dialogues and exchange programs, so long as these institutions do the bidding of China and cast the communist country in a positive light.
A report from the United States government explains that the goal of CUSEF and other associated people and groups is “to co-opt and neutralize sources of potential opposition to the policies and authority of its ruling Chinese Communist Party.”
“The United Front strategy uses a range of methods to influence overseas Chinese communities, foreign governments, and other actors to take actions or adopt positions supportive of Beijing’s preferred policies,” it further adds.
After forging an agreement with the American lobbying firm BLJ many moons ago, CUSEF set out to “effectively disseminate positive messages to the media, key influencers and opinion leaders, and the general public” about China and the CCP.
With BLJ’s help, CUSEF has been providing journalists and journalism students with “familiarization trips” to China, which involve plenty of wine and dine experiences that propagate the illusion that communist China is a great place to be run by great people.
In 2009 alone, CUSEF was able to generate 28 media placements as a result of four journalist visits. BLJ was also able to secure “the publication of 26 opinion articles and quotes within 103 separate articles” on behalf of CUSEF that same year.
These op-ed pieces were published by media outlets like Newsweek, The Nation, The Chicago Tribune, the National Journal, Congressional Quarterly, U.S. News & World Report and the Washington Note.
On average, BLJ’s efforts “directly contribute to or influence” three articles “per week,” The National Pulse reports.
While some institutions of higher learning such as The University of Texas at Austin made the decision to divest from CUSEF due to its CCP ties, the same cannot be said for media outlets like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, both of which continue to participate in “private dinners” at the home of BLJ’s CEO.
Other media outlets that, according to a 2012 filing, do the same include Forbes Asia, the Financial Times, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, the Economist, Newsweek, the Nation, ABC News and CNN.
NPR (National Public Radio), which is funded with American taxpayer dollars, has likewise sent its journalists to China to meet with CUSEF officials.
While UT-Austin may have divested from CUSEF, many other colleges and universities across America have not. In fact, many of them continue to churn out pro-China curriculum and communist influence on impressionable students, much like the mainstream media does to everyone else.
According to Foreign Policy magazine, CUSEF is “a registered foreign agent bankrolled by a high-ranking Chinese government official with close ties to a sprawling Chinese Communist Party apparatus that handles influence operations abroad.”
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