Again there within the stone age of March, 2020, I focused in this space on the media and China. The headline: “The Media’s Communist China Drawback.”
Wherein was mentioned the uncanny willingness of American liberal media ( like CNN and The New York Occasions) to face up for, if not mattress down with, the federal government of China – aka the Chinese language Communist Social gathering.
This week, Lawyer Normal William Barr traveled to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum within the late President’s hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan to debate extra of this difficulty – this time specializing in the media that’s Hollywood and the tech giants of Silicon Valley.
Amongst different issues, the Attorney General said this:
“It’s a privilege to be right here to discuss what could show to be a very powerful difficulty for our nation and the world within the twenty-first century — that’s, the US’ response to the worldwide ambitions of the Chinese language Communist Social gathering. The CCP guidelines with an iron fist over one of many nice historical civilizations of the world. It seeks to leverage the immense energy, productiveness, and ingenuity of the Chinese language folks to overthrow the rules-based worldwide system and to make the world protected for dictatorship. How the US responds to this problem can have historic implications and can decide whether or not the US and its liberal democratic allies will proceed to form their very own future or whether or not the CCP and its autocratic tributaries will management the longer term.
A number of weeks in the past, Nationwide Safety Advisor Robert O’Brien spoke in regards to the CCP’s ideology and international ambitions. He declared, and I agree, that “[t]he days of American passivity and naivety relating to the Folks’s Republic of China are over.” Final week, FBI Director Chris Wray described how the CCP pursues its ambitions by means of nefarious and even unlawful conduct, together with industrial espionage, theft, extortion, cyberattacks, and malign affect actions. All too usually, for the sake of short-term income, American firms have succumbed to that affect—even on the expense of freedom and openness in the US. Sadly, examples of American enterprise bowing to Beijing are legion.
Take Hollywood. Hollywood actors, producers, and administrators pleasure themselves on celebrating freedom and the human spirit. And yearly on the Academy Awards, Individuals are lectured about how this nation falls in need of Hollywood’s beliefs of social justice. However Hollywood now recurrently censors its personal motion pictures to appease the Chinese language Communist Social gathering, the world’s strongest violator of human rights. This censorship infects not solely variations of films which are launched in China, but in addition many which are proven in American theaters to American audiences.”
Barr went on at size and intimately to quote particular movies that bowed to stress from the Chinese language authorities to change scripts and film scenes to swimsuit the calls for of – and ensure to not offend – the Chinese language Communist Social gathering.
A scene within the hit film World Struggle Z that “depicts a zombie apocalypse brought on by a virus”? Out it went as a result of it had the characters speculating whether or not the virus got here from China.
Within the Marvel Studios superhero movie Dr. Unusual, Barr mentioned that:
“….filmmakers modified the nationality of a serious character often known as the “Historic One,” a Tibetan monk within the comedian books, from Tibetan to Celtic. When challenged about this, a screenwriter defined that “in the event you acknowledge that Tibet is a spot and that he’s Tibetan, you threat alienating one billion folks.” Or, he continued, the Chinese language authorities would possibly say “[w]e’re not going to point out your film since you determined to get political.”
However it isn’t simply the world of Hollywood media that’s bending the knee and bowing to the Communist dictators. Barr additionally singled out the tech moguls of Silicon Valley, whose firms are the spine of in the present day’s social media. Mentioned the Lawyer Normal:
“Over time, companies equivalent to Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Apple have proven themselves all too prepared to collaborate with the CCP. For instance, Apple just lately eliminated the information app Quartz from its app retailer in China, after the Chinese language authorities complained about protection of the Hong Kong democracy protests. Apple additionally eliminated apps for digital personal networks, which had allowed customers to avoid the Nice Firewall, and eradicated pro-democracy songs from its Chinese language music retailer. In the meantime, the corporate introduced that it could be transferring a few of its iCloud information to servers in China, regardless of issues that the transfer would give the CCP simpler entry to e-mails, textual content messages, and different consumer data saved within the cloud.
The CCP has lengthy used public threats of retaliation and barred market entry to exert affect. Extra just lately, nonetheless, the CCP has additionally stepped up behind-the-scenes efforts to domesticate and coerce American enterprise executives to additional its political targets — efforts which are all of the extra pernicious as a result of they’re largely hidden from public view.”
One thing that Barr didn’t point out right here is the NBA and its China ties, the issue roughly the identical as that with Hollywood and Silicon Valley media – cash.
Make no mistake. The actions, the scope and unbridled energy of the Chinese language Communist Social gathering is a major problem in American media, whether or not we’re speaking the favorable PR doled out by The New York Occasions and CNN, or letting the CCP dictate what can and can’t be allowed within the writing and filming of films and social media software program.
A lot consideration has been paid – appropriately – to the coronavirus that got here from China and its devastating impact on Individuals. However there’s one other virus brewing on the market additionally involving China. It is a media virus, with an all too prepared Hollywood and Silicon Valley prepared to bow to the CCP for revenue.
Memo to Hollywood and Silicon Valley? Maybe it’s best to ponder the knowledge of President John F. Kennedy in his inaugural deal with in 1961. JFK was chatting with those that, within the day, sought to appease the Communist Soviet Union. Mentioned the the President:
“Those that foolishly sought energy by using the again of the tiger ended up inside”