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March 20, 2020

Media Continues Corporate/Chinese Propaganda Push

The Daily Beast screeches that Peter Navarro is, get this, trying to get America to rebuild its now-nonexistent medicine/medical technology base.

Tucker Carlson just had an author on talking about this -- Rosmary Gibson, author of China RX.

America no longer can even make aspirin. Thousands of the base medicines which all other medicines are made from are made entirely in China -- none in the US.

The author also pointed out that the reason that we can't make ventilators is that we are entirely dependent on China for the circuit boards that control the ventilators, and China just stopped exporting those to the US.

She didn't say that was for a nefarious purpose -- I assume it's because China needs all those ventilator control boards for its own people. (Hey, they totally stopped the coronavirus, though...)

I can't find her appearance on Tucker, but here's Rosmary Gibson, author of China RX, giving testimony to the Senate that 90% of the "core chemicals" used to make all medicines are made in China, and that there are only two Western companies which even make generic medicines any more.

Here's a Tucker video essay from last month in which he highlighted America's suicidal drive to be wholly dependent on China for manufacture of our most basic and critical things -- driven by a media that is corrupted by Chinese money.

China is no longer simply an economic rival of the United States; it's becoming a dangerous enemy. But instead of protecting us from this threat, an existential one, our leadership class collaborates with the other side.

Why do they do that? Simple. They're getting rich from it. This only became clear to many people a few months ago when the most American of all sports, professional basketball -- a game literally invented in a gym in Springfield, Mass. -- ripped off the mask and showed the world who really controls the league.


So how about Michael Bloomberg? He's running for president. Maybe more than anyone in America, Bloomberg represents the beliefs and values of our current aristocracy, which is by far the worst in American history -- the stupidest and the most greedy.

Not surprisingly, Bloomberg has both kowtowed to the Chinese and gotten rich from the Chinese. He's not embarrassed by it.

Bloomberg once explained that actually, China's unelected leader isn't really a dictator.

Michael Bloomberg, 2020 presidential candidate: The Communist Party wants to stay in power in China, and they listen to the public. When the public says I can't breathe the air -- Xi Jinping is not a dictator -- he has to satisfy his constituents, so he's not going to survive.

Margaret Hoover, host of PBS' "Firing Line": He is not a dictator?

Bloomberg: No, he has -- he has a constituency to answer to.

So the Chinese dictator is not a dictator. It makes you wonder how Michael Bloomberg would govern as president or maybe it explains how he'd govern as president.

But Bloomberg's personal admiration for the bloodthirsty fossil in charge of the world's largest communist country isn't the only reason he likes China. There's big money at stake, of course -- that's always what it's about.

Bloomberg's company has enormous investments in the country and that has influenced how Bloomberg News reports on China. In 2013, for example, Bloomberg News was accused of killing stories that would have revealed corruption by family members of the Chinese dictator -- and yes, he is a dictator.

Ben Richardson, Bloomberg Asia editor, later said he'd been told directly by leaders at his company that covering the Chinese Politburo was off-limits. That's like telling a Washington bureau chief you can't cover Congress because you might insult them. That's Michael Bloomberg's position.

Just on Tuesday, former Bloomberg reporter Leta Hong Fincher wrote in "The Intercept," about how Bloomberg's lawyers threatened to destroy her life if she wouldn't sign a nondisclosure agreement about the company's censorship practices. But don't take their word for it.

A few years ago, Bloomberg openly admitted that he let China censor his company's news. He actually said that on television.

Andrew Ross Sorkin, CNBC "Squawk Box" co-anchor: Over the past year, there's been questions about the journalism going on in China and whether the company in its effort to grow has muzzled.

Bloomberg: In China, they have rules about what you can publish. We follow those rules. If you don't follow rules, you're out of the country.

We write the stories that we think are interesting, and we distribute them where they are allowed to be distributed.

"Where they're allowed to be distributed."

The scariest part is that as China has grown more powerful, America has grown more dependent on it. Outsourcing our manufacturing power brought American companies big short-term profits. Head to Florida, and you'll see the houses they've built with those profits. But in the long run, that decision made this country dangerously dependent on a nation that seeks to displace us on the world stage.

Remember, the Chinese state media -- where every story is approved by Communist Party functionaries -- threatened that China might withhold vital medicines from the US and "plunge us into the mighty sea of coronavirus."

And CATO, the Koch Foundation, AEI, and the various "conservatives" who are (quietly) funded by these groups say: Nah, it'll be fine.

Coming soon:

The Corner
The Conservative Case for Plunging America Into the Mighty Sea of Coronavirus

by Ramesh Ponuru
AEI "Fellow" and Bloomberg contributor

Despite the bleatings from the CATO institute and other people paid by the China Lobby to lobby for China, it sure would be terrific if the US could make at least some absolutely-critical, absolutely-vital things, wouldn't it?

Nah, says CATO. Nah, says AEI.

Nah says the corporate neoliberal tool The Daily Beast -- Orange Man Bad!!!

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro has seized [SEIZED!!!] on negotiations over how to handle the economic fallout of the coronavirus to push President Trump to use the crisis to bolster his "Buy American" agenda--starting with domestic production of key medical goods and equipment.

His role, as described to The Daily Beast by several officials, has been aggressive enough to prompt serious pushback from other senior Trump officials, who are worried that Trump will be won over by the Buy American pitch, which will, in turn, have damaging consequences during the nation’s worst public-health and economic crises in years.

The order being pushed by Navarro, a draft of which was obtained by The Daily Beast, lays out a slew of policies that would ultimately curb the importing of foreign goods and create conditions that would allow for the increased production of American medicines, raw materials, and vaccines. The order is similar in language and tone to Trump's April 2017 executive order "Buy American Hire American."

Oh no! America might start making its own critical medicines again! America might be encouraged to have some domestic capability of manufacturing aspirin!

What madness is this?

Meanwhile, NBC jumps on the "ha ha, guilao, now China is correctly racially profiling YOU!" propaganda narrative.

Gee, it's so weird -- it's almost as if several ostensibly "independent" media companies were all fed the exact same story by the exact same interested party with the exact same agenda in planting it in the American press.

Weird how that keeps happening! It's almost as if there's some fusion of a lazy, leftwing media and extremely rich interests who want to plant manufactured stories in the press!

America's Corporate/Political/Media/Government Worker class:

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