Accuracy in Media

In a typically cynical article, “GOP presidential candidates have a new country to bash: the People’s Republic of China,” Politico complains about “China-bashing” by various Republican candidates. The story by Nahal Toosi carries the headline, “The Republicans’ Red Scare,” but only mentions one time that China is a “communist-led state.”

Politico uses the term “red scare” to suggest that the problem is being greatly exaggerated.

If there is any doubt about the “red” in Red China, consider the Chinese Constitution, which declares, “The People’s Republic of China is a socialist state under the people’s democratic dictatorship led by the working class and based on the alliance of workers and peasants. The socialist system is the basic system of the People’s Republic of China. Sabotage of the socialist system by any organization or individual is prohibited.”

Mao Zedong, considered by many the greatest mass murderer in history, is pictured on the Chinese currency.

After Politico went to press with its defense of Beijing, the Los Angeles Times reported that “Foreign spy services, especially in China and Russia, are aggressively aggregating and cross-indexing hacked U.S. computer databases—including security clearance applications, airline records and medical insurance forms—to identify U.S. intelligence officers and agents, U.S. officials said.” The Times added, “At least one clandestine network of American engineers and scientists who provide technical assistance to U.S. undercover operatives and agents overseas has been compromised as a result, according to two U.S. officials.”

Politico reported that criticism of China “might lead Chinese leaders to cozy up to another world power instead, like Russia (another favorite GOP boogeyman), the former ambassador said.”

This former ambassador is Jon Huntsman, the “moderate” Republican who served as Obama’s Ambassador to China. He ran for president in 2012, dropped out, and threw his “support” behind Mitt Romney, who lost a race he should have won.

Later in the article, Politico refers to China’s “alleged” cyberattacks.

“U.S. officials have not publicly blamed Beijing for the theft of the OPM and the Anthem files, but privately say both hacks were traced to the Chinese government,” reported the Los Angeles Times. “The officials say China’s state security officials tapped criminal hackers to steal the files, and then gave them to private Chinese software companies to help analyze and link the information together. That kept the government’s direct fingerprints off the heist and the data aggregation that followed. In a similar fashion, officials say, Russia’s powerful Federal Security Service, or FSB, has close connections to programmers and criminal hacking rings in Russia and has used them in a relentless series of cyberattacks.”

Why is there such a determination by a well-read publication like Politico to play down threats from China and Russia? This article is a case study in Republican-bashing. Politico is trying to warn Republicans running for president not to follow Donald Trump’s lead in focusing on how foreign countries are taking advantage of the United States.

The article by Nahal Toosi says that “…while scapegoating Beijing and its questionable economic policies may seem like an appealing campaign tactic, China specialists—including many in the GOP—warn that Republicans run the risk of looking ignorant about U.S.-Chinese ties.”

The ignorance comes from those in politics and the media who play down the nature of the communist regime.

The author goes on to warn against “bullying” or “isolating” the world’s “most populous country.”

“To be fair,” she writes, “China gives White House hopefuls lots of material for a tough-guy routine. Beijing’s aggressive moves in the South China Sea, its suspected role in cyberattacks on the U.S. and its dismal human rights record are just a few areas already seized upon by Republicans (and some Democrats) for criticism. China’s currency policies have long frustrated the United States in particular, and its increased military spending has led to wariness around the world.”

Notice how “alleged” cyberattacks have become “suspected.”

But in order to “be fair” to Republicans, she grudgingly admits some “questionable” Chinese policies that give the GOP candidates enough material to appear “tough.”

This is a despicable whitewash of a communist regime that is clearly waging war on the U.S.

“Potential enemies of the United States have claimed that they have the ability to crash our markets and our former head of NSA acknowledged that they do have that capability,” notes Kevin Freeman, author of Secret Weapon: How Economic Terrorism Brought Down the U.S. Stock Market and Why It can Happen Again. He notes that the Dow Jones Industrial Average crashed by more than 1,000 points at the open on August 24 “after China accused us of crashing their market.” He says that China has published a book, Unrestricted Warfare, calling a stock market crash a “new-era weapon.”

Instead of holding the Obama Administration accountable for safeguarding our national security information, Politico attacks Republicans for being too critical of China.

Later in the article, Politico quotes some comments about why we have to take the time to understand that the rulers in Beijing will realize this is just campaign rhetoric. “Top U.S.-watchers in Beijing are pretty savvy,” says Melanie Hart, identified as “director for China policy at the left-leaning Center for American Progress.” It turns out she “worked on Qualcomm’s China business development team, where she provided technology market and regulatory analysis to guide Qualcomm operations in Greater China. She has worked as a China advisor for The Scowcroft Group, Albright Stonebridge Group, and the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.”

In other words, part of her career has been devoted to facilitating U.S. investment in China. She went to China in June to work on U.S.-China cooperation on “climate change” matters. She has a vested interest in making the communists look non-threatening.

Meanwhile, last January, a Russian spy ring was uncovered in New York City whose purpose in part was to “collect economic intelligence” and recruit New York City residents as intelligence sources. One of the targets of the economic intelligence gathering, a Justice Department press release said, was the New York Stock Exchange. The actual complaint filed against the Russians went into more detail, as they are shown discussing how to obtain information about the “destabilization” of U.S. financial markets.

So despite the wisdom conveyed by Jon Huntsman about forcing China into the arms of Russia, it looks like Russia and China are already working very well together.

Nevertheless, the first state visit by President Xi Jinping of China to the United States will take place in September.

Look for another Politico article about GOP “obstructionists” getting in the way of our blossoming relationship with the butchers of Beijing.

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  • Halou

    21st century Privateers.
    There was a time when countries paid pirates to target trade ships according to who owned them, the British would pay rates to pirates to raid Spanish galleons while giving a convenient pass to British ones and the Spanish would at times do the same in return, but being the preeminent superpower of the day they most often just did it themselves.
    That China and Russia are doing the same today is, while frustrating, quite understandable. Come the day that China replaces America as the world’s #1 they too will be protesting in the exact same way at people popping shots off at them in the exact same way. We’ll be eating popcorn amused at their misfortune.

  • John Cunningham

    I have been saying this for years. China is the Puppet master. With it’s economic strength and Russia’s tenacity and desire for the old Stalinist Russia, they have designated America, their enemy.

    It;s no doubt that America especially our Military already know this. They are also working with North Korea and Iran to keep stirring things up. This allows China especially to do things behind the scenes.

    If we had a Ronald Reagan, America wouldn’t have nothing to worry about because our Military would be powerful and we wouldn’t be worry about someone sexual reference.

    The Communists have definitely infiltrated the Democrat Party and also the Saul Alinsky wing. Of course the Communist manifesto is just a plageristic book Alinsky used to sell his book.

    China and Russia is the big problem in the World but, America is our own worst enemy especially since Barack Obama. He will be the one who planted the seed of our destruction unless we fix it now.

  • RMThoughts

    So, let’s get this right….the same US Government that can’t find Lois Lerner’s IRS emails, cannot find Hillary Clinton’s emails, cannot find the identity thieves, cannot find the ransomware creators, cannot break any encryption they don’t have a back door in, is claiming to have proof beyond a reasonable doubt that Russia and China are hacking US computers sufficient to sanction these two nations in a desperate economic war to keep the world dependent on the US dollar? Because, if you believe THAT one, I have some of Saddam’s nuclear weapons to sell you!

  • RMThoughts

    For most of the 20th century, Western social science has
    insisted that modernization would render traditional cultural and religious values irrelevant.

    While much of American and Western media dismiss him as an authoritarian and reactionary, a throwback, Putin may be seeing the future with more clarity than Americans still caught up in a Cold War paradigm.

    As the decisive struggle in the second half of the 20th century was vertical, East vs. West, the 21st century struggle may be horizontal, with conservatives and traditionalists in every country arrayed against the militant secularism of a multicultural and transnational elite.

  • John Cunningham

    You are right about Putin. With America reeling with Politics and Immigration and Europe now doing the same, the World is his oyster and he is taking full advantage of it. Of course he is backed by China which doesn’t hurt.

  • Dennis Schaaf

    Thomas Friedman of the Slimes loves China also.
    Wonder why he doesn’t move there. He’s got plenty of money and could live like a king.

  • Richard Hellstrom

    The whole world hates , your policies , your lack of moral and religious character , your constant war mongering , your privacy attacks against the nations , your global dictatorship and your mass violations of human rights abuses – Many America’s are being held captive and forced to remain in America due to Obama’s change in our tax laws and in 2013 their was around 5 million U.S. citizens living outside America and In 2013, over a 155,000 Americans expatriated to foreign countries,
    The UN vote to unseat the United States from the 53-member Human Rights Commission (HRC) was a reflection of the resentment among most developing nations and some developed countries over the negative attitude of the U.S. Congress towards the United Nations.

    Ambassador Bagher Asadi of Iran, told the UN’s Administrative and Budgetary Committee last March that after a “difficult process of negotiations” last year, the General Assembly decided to change the scale of assessment permitting a reduction in the U.S. contribution to the United Nations.

  • Erudite Mavin

    Putin is joined at the hip with Iran. Putin is also sending Iran missiles.
    also, Both Putin and Iran have been arming several countries in South America with Nuclear weapons and other arms.

  • John Cunningham

    I don’t think Putin would try arming Countries in South America at least not Nuclear weapons. America would, well, hold that I almost forgot about Barack Obama anything is possible.

  • Erudite Mavin

    Just a few links. There are dozens and dozens more

    ?Argentina, Russia sign nuclear reactor and fuel deals

    23 April 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is to sign an agreement today, during a state visit to Moscow by Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, that paves the way for Rosatom to build a sixth nuclear reactor in the South American country…..

    ??Putin’s Slow and Steady Reconquista of Latin America

    by Frances Martel20 Mar 2014

    When Russia annexed Crimea this week, few looked to South America for Russian support. Yet Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and Argentinian President Cristina Fernández were lauding the conquest. Their support is no surprise: Putin has been cultivating it for years, reaping the rewards as the continent falls in line with the Kremlin.

    The Russian Federation has never broken the ties the Soviet Union cemented with the continent’s most repressive Spanish-speaking nation, Cuba. Few expected anything less from state propaganda outlet Granma than a full-throated support of Russia’s colonization of Crimea, and their attack on “Ukrainian ultranationalists” delivered. The nations of South America presented Putin with a much more difficult relationship-building exercise, but one that he has taken to with zeal………………..

    Putin signs Argentina nuclear deals on Latin America tour

    13 July 2014
    Uruguay’s Diplomacy with Iran

    Business is Business, What is a Little Holocaust Denial Between Friends?

    by Anna Mahjar-Barducci

    August 19, 2011
    The Red Fascism of Colonel Chavez

    Why the Venezuelan comandante was the real successor of Stalin and Hitler.

    May 28, 2013 Vladimir Tismaneanu

    October 15, 2010

    Russia to build nuke plant for Hugo Chavez

    By Rick Moran

    Putin’s quiet Latin America play

    By Kristina Wong – 03/21/14

    Away from the conflict in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is quietly seeking a foothold in Latin America, military officials warn.

    To the alarm of lawmakers and Pentagon officials, Putin has begun sending navy ships and long-range bombers to the region for the first time in years.

    “” frameborder=”0″ marginwidth=”0″ marginheight=”0″ scrolling=”no” style=”border: 0px currentColor; border-image: none; vertical-align: bottom;”Russia’s defense minister says the country is planning bases in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, and just last week, Putin’s national security team met to discuss increasing military ties in the region.

    “They’re on the march,” Gen. James Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command said at a Senate hearing earlier this month. “They’re working the scenes where we can’t work. And they’re doing a pretty good job.”

    Kelly said there has been a “noticeable uptick in Russian power projection and security force personnel” in Latin America.

    “It has been over three decades since we last saw this type of high-profile Russian military presence,” Kelly said at the March 13 hearing.

    The U.S. military says it has been forced to cut back on its engagement with military and government officials in Latin America due to budget cuts. Kelly said the U.S. military had to cancel more than 200 effective engagement activities and multi-lateral exercises in Latin America last year.

    With the American presence waning, officials say rivals such as Russia, China and Iran are quickly filling the void.

    Iran has opened up 11 additional embassies and 33 cultural centers in Latin America while supporting the “operational presence” of militant group Lebanese Hezbollah in the region.

    “On the military side, I believe they’re establishing, if you will, lily pads for future use if they needed to use them,” Kelly said.

    China is making a play for Latin America a well, and is now the fastest growing investor in the region, according to experts. Although their activity is mostly economic, they are also increasing military activity through educational exchanges.

    The Chinese Navy conducted a goodwill visit in Brazil, Chile and Argentina last year and conducted its first-ever naval exercise with the Argentine Navy.

    Meanwhile, the U.S. had to cancel the deployment of its hospital ship USNS Comfort last year.

    “Our relationships, our leadership, and our influence in the Western Hemisphere are paying the price,” Kelly said.

    Some experts warn against being too alarmist, and say Russia, China and Iran do not have the ability or desire to project military power beyond their borders.

    Army War College adjunct professor Gabriel Marcella said Russia’s maneuvering is more about posturing than a real threat.

    “Latin America is seen as an opportunity to challenge the United States in terms of global presence,” he said. “They want to show the flag to assert their presence and say they need to be counted on the world stage.”

    Other experts said the encroachment of rivals has huge economic implications for the U.S., which has more trade partners in Latin America than in any other region in the world.

    “[Russia’s presence] serves to destabilize what has become a more stabilized, middle class continent with an increasing respect for the rule of law. … Any type of unsettling of that environment will scare off investors,” said Jason Marczak, deputy director at the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center.

    “Market economies and democracies are fundamental for trade, for jobs, and for stable investment environments,” he said.

    Marczak noted the instability in Venezuela, which is facing civil unrest from anti-government protestors.

    “In Venezuela, a lot of the money that’s been able to prop up President Chavez and now Maduro has been Chinese money,” he said.

    So far, 31 protestors have been killed in clashes with government security forces.

    “I see a real degradation in what used to pass as Venezuelan democracy. There’s less and less of that now,” Kelly said.

    And while Chinese investment in Latin America could have positive aspects for the region, it could also make it more difficult for U.S. official to push labor and environmental safeguards that it argues are building blocks for democracy, Marczak said.

    Angel Rabasa, a senior political scientist at RAND, said cuts to the defense budget are going to accelerate a long trend of U.S. neglect and disengagement with Latin America.

    According to Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), there are 10 countries in Latin America that currently have no U.S. ambassador because they either haven’t been nominated yet or confirmed, a sign that the region is seen as a low priority.

    “We will be losing the ability to influence developments in a region that is very important to us because of proximity,” Rabasa said.

  • John Cunningham

    I was wrong. I guess the presidency of Barack has solidified the destruction of mankind. Especially when you consider the arms race in the Middle East. If and when we get a real President, Star Wars had better start back up in earnest.

  • Erudite Mavin

    Exactly, you said it.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    Thank you, Cliff.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    “The UN vote to unseat the United States from the 53-member Human Rights Commission (HRC) was a reflection of the resentment among most developing nations and some developed countries over the negative attitude of the U.S. Congress towards the United Nations.”


  • Richard Hellstrom

    Actually it was over their defiance to having a International Criminal Court and Their Pathetic Objection To Human Rights For Children !

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    Really? You believe that a bunch of socialist abortionists — among them those who slaughtered 100,000,000 people last century (Soviet Russia/marxists) — care about children? Have you EVER heard a socialist apologize for the crimes of the last century? So they somehow changed without any kind of repentance? Are you truly that gullible?

  • Richard Hellstrom

    America talked countries into going to war in WW1 and then sold both sides the weapons ! The companies became known as the merchants of death – WW2 America started the Nazi Party through Wall Street Funding , their programs of Eugenics and The Bushes had to have known how the secret money circuit worked because they were on the board of directors in both directions: Brown Brothers out, Union Bank in. — They’ve been wagging their tail every since ! America don’t care about anyones human rights and are no better than any country in the world !