President Trump was recently forced to call out yet another reporter. Phoenix TV is based in Hong Kong and they serve as the Chinese Communist Party’s mouthpiece. He called out their reporter during his coronavirus briefing on Monday. It is hard to believe that Phoenix TV is allowed to maintain a roving seat at these briefings.
Doesn’t this go against everything that America claims to stand for? According to the People’s Republic of China, Phoenix TV is important because they are the link between their Ministry of State Security and the rest of the world. They are said to have a substantial presence on American social media sites as well.
The Chinese Communist Party being given a roving seat in these crucial briefings is the type of thing that should have Americans rioting in the streets. Unfortunately, these types of things tend to be back page news at best. No one actually cares because they believe that they are being told the honest truth by their mainstream media outlets.
In reality, these outlets are already in the pocket of the Chinese. They are terrified to offer their true opinions because they do not know what will happen next. The Chinese have created an environment where American outlets are fearful of speaking the truth. Could you imagine the level of outrage that would take place if the Russians were allowed to have this sort of roving seat?
THAT would be a front page headline. Trump would be accused of selling all of our nation’s secrets to Putin and that’s all anyone would want to talk about. Meanwhile, the Chinese Communist party has their own seat in the US’ daily coronavirus briefings. They are not even being honest with their own citizens about their outbreak but they have time to spy on the rest of us.
This is pretty convenient, if you ask us. Trump supporters have already taken notice of the way that conservative news networks are treated under this administration. OANN is a popular network that regularly offers support for Trump and they have been removed entirely. The White House Press Corps was forced into this decision and it is a regrettable one.
Why should the Communists get a free pass to monitor our comings and goings when they are not being reciprocal. The United States is not being offered any sort of viable information when it comes to the Chinese. They do not tell anyone anything but they expect to know it all. The White House Correspondents Association is flabbergasted by the decision and rightfully so.
Jon Karl serves as the president for the organization. The press corps used to be much larger but they have been asked to trim the number down a bit. Instead of allowing 49 press corps to be in the briefing room, the number has been slashed to 14. This is understandable, of course. The social distancing guidelines need to be adhered to, even in the White House.
Allowing the Chinese to remain present is the part that people are struggling to wrap their minds around. If the press corps is being cut down, why are foreign television stations receiving first priority? In our humble opinion, Phoenix TV should have been one of their first to go. Instead, they are being given preferential treatment for reasons that no one can actually figure out.
One of the 14 seats that are now open are shared on a rotating basis. ABC, CNN and CBS are still allowed to occupy these seats on a fairly regular basis. Why are so many stations that fundamentally oppose Donald Trump and his administration being given this kind of special treatment? These seats should be saved for those who have real questions to ask.
Time is of the essence when we are trying to handle a global pandemic. There is no time to be spending on “gotcha” questions and general tomfoolery. The reporters who are being allowed into the room are some of the nastiest and most vicious journalists in the business and we are not even discussing the Chinese anymore. They pose an ever greater problem than most Americans could possibly realize.
Is the White House going to be forced to shut down all of their future briefings? That’s the way we are headed if things do not change. The number of press corps that are being allowed into the briefings is declining rapidly and it is only a matter of time before none are permitted. This is the environment that is being created with the childish behavior that is taking place among the reporters.