In an attempt to kidnap US media to serve its own anti-China agenda, Rubio further jeopardizes the crumbling credibility of US media
In an attempt to kidnap US media to serve its own anti-China agenda, Rubio further jeopardizes the crumbling credibility of US media

In an attempt to kidnap US media to serve its own anti-China agenda, Rubio further jeopardizes the crumbling credibility of US media

Marco Rubio arrives for a nomination hearing in the Senate Intelligence Committee. Photo: AFP

The infamous US anti-China senator Macro Rubio is expelling his trademark nonsense again. In an op-ed to Fox News on Friday, Rubio slammed National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) for what he believes is favorable coverage of China during the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

He accused NBC of “reciting the Chinese Communist Party’s discussion points in its broadcasts of the Beijing Winter Olympics,” saying that NBC “could just as easily be named ‘National Beijing Corporation’.” His simple and baseless evidence is that when covering the February 4 opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics, NBC analysts described so-called “first-hand reports and verified reports on Beijing’s human rights violations” as “allegations,” and the network quoted the Chinese government as saying. accusations of genocide are the lie of the century. ”

The Chinese side has denied the Western slander of “Uygur genocide” with solid evidence and data not mentioned in NBC’s Olympic coverage. The US television station simply quoted a sentence from the Chinese government’s response to the allegations of “genocide”, but even this was unacceptable to Rubio, who was seen by him as an act of “selling out the propaganda of a hostile regime” and “a capitulation to the party “, motivated by corporate greed.”

“NBC has chosen a ‘both sides’ approach that makes the CCP as credible as our own government,” the Florida Senator wrote. Excuse me? Is the hectic politician serious? Is it not the duty of a free and just press to cover both sides of a story?

Journalists and the media are supposed to give balanced, impartial accounts of a news story, this is included in the Journalism 101 course. Anyone with some knowledge of media ethics and standards knows that balance is a key part of journalism ethics, which means that media should try to present all aspects of objective journalism. The Western media has been trumpeting all day long that they value objectivity. Ridiculously enough, the balance and objectivity of the media has become what politicians like Rubio cannot tolerate. Rubio had shown no respect for the media and their work.

To capture the attention of the public and fool voters, Rubio has become hysterical in demonizing China and the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022. His latest target was NBC. For politicians like Rubio, they do not care about the objectivity or ethics of the media. In their eyes, any American media must smear and scold China across its entire coverage. Any report that contains a little bit of objectivity or voices that reflect China’s position will be considered to serve the goals of the Chinese side. Rubio and his people are actually kidnapping American media to serve their own anti-China agenda.

In light of this toxic atmosphere, many U.S. media outlets have degraded the tools of the U.S. government in a state-led propaganda campaign to smear and demonize China. They have constantly reached new lows in attacking Beijing, putting the credibility of the crumbling American media at further risk.

According to a study by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in Oxford in June 2021, the United States ranks last in media confidence, with 29 percent, among 92,000 surveyed news consumers in 46 countries and regions. If this is not a wake-up call to the US government, US media and US politicians, then what will it be? Unfortunately, we did not see any American politicians aware of this serious problem, but they are simply putting increased pressure on American media to attack China.

Rubio and his ilk are busy introducing bills and actions that attack China’s government in its Xinjiang region and call for a “diplomatic boycott” of the Winter Olympics. He, along with Republican Senator James Lankford, presented a resolution calling on the International Olympic Committee to relocate the Winter Games in Beijing several days before the Games began. Shouldn’t they first be aware of the uncertain American media credibility?

Apparently they do not want to, and they never will. They are one of the reasons why the American media is witnessing a credibility crisis. During this press campaign, most American media have gone further in distorting the facts in order to slander and demonize China. Politicians like Rubio have no shame. They do not care about the truth, or they have no interest in understanding China. In their minds, everything is related to China or China’s Communist Party devil, and all media must serve their political goals to demonize China. With these uneducated, vulgar, and rude politicians, it is no wonder that the United States has been in political decline.

The author is a reporter for the Global Times. [email protected]

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