An open letter to Xinhua

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Dear Xinhua,

Congratulations. You have made the Trump List.

America’s Leader Who Shall Not Be Doubted has decided your employees and their colleagues at multiple other Chinese news agencies are tools of your government.

Let’s not forget that Trump has often characterized American news agencies for being enemies of the people because they dare to report information he doesn’t like.

As of today, you and your Chinese colleagues have become enemies of the state simply because Trump hates your leader.

Such a simple world view this man has.

We know Trump would quickly identify Russia’s RT and Radio Sputnik, which I recently identified as the “Bobo dolls” of American media, as tools of that government, but, well, you know, Vladimir Putin treats Trump so well. On the other hand, your president Xi Jinping dares to stand up to Tariff Trump, so our guy had to do something to show your guy who’s boss.

In the many parts of America still gripped by disbelief that a foreign government would borrow from the CIA’s playbook and seek to influence the outcome of a national election, Russia Rage remains alive and well. I anticipate Trump will continue to seek the establishment of China Contempt, a national virus that suggests the Asian Man and Woman cannot be trusted. (Of course, in Trump’s America, only those people who praise Trump can be trusted; all other people are dangerous.)

We’ll know soon enough if President Xi lobs a similar grenade at the U.S. media operating within China’s borders. I suspect he doesn’t.

BREAKING: U.S. declares major Chinese media to be tools of their government

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As the New York Times reports,

For years they have operated as news organizations in the United States, deploying scores of journalists to cover the major events of the day and to report back to their readers and viewers at home, even if the most important of those was the leadership of the Communist Party of China.

Now, the Trump administration has declared them not practitioners of journalism, but rather operatives of the Chinese state.