Team Obama: See what China’s propagandists and disinformation specialists say about Romney!

posted at 2:01 pm on September 14, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Well, this is certainly a brilliant strategy on the part of Team Obama to attack Mitt Romney on foreign policy.  Two leading figures in the campaign urged people to read the state-run Chinese news service Xinhua in response to criticism leveled by Romney, as Daniel Halper noticed. First up, deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter:

Shortly afterward, Team Obama’s rapid-response director wanted to point out “irony”:

You know what’s really ironic?  Campaign officials attacking Romney as clueless by using a news service widely regarded as a disinfomation channel for China’s communist regime.  But don’t take my word for it — ask Reporters Without Borders, an NGO that can hardly be described as “conservative.”  In 2005, RWB called Xinhua “the world’s biggest propaganda machine … at the heart of censorship and disinformation” in its service to the regime in Beijing:

With more than 8,000 employees and 105 branches worldwide, the official news agency, Xinhua, is at the heart of censorship and disinformation put in place by the communist party. To mark the 56th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, Reporters Without Borders releases a report of an investigation into how this highly unusual news agency operates. …

Although it is more and more regularly cited as a credible source – nearly one third of the news reports on China selected by Google News originate from the agency – Xinhua, the head of which has the rank of minister, is the linchpin of control of the Chinese media.

Successor to the agency, Red China that was founded by Mao Zedong, Xinhua adopted its current name in January 1937. Since October 1949, this state-run news agency has been completely subordinate to the CCP.

The Reporters Without Borders’ report includes accounts from several Xinhua journalists who agreed, on condition of anonymity, to explain how the control imposed by the CCP’s Propaganda Department operates on a daily basis.

With the help of former French journalist on Xinhua, Reporters Without Borders exposes the distortion of facts, hatred for its enemies (particularly the United States and Japan) and its support, through the treatment of international news, for the world’s worst regimes.

It would be analogous to Jimmy Carter’s campaign quoting Pravda and Tass to support his attacks on Ronald Reagan’s perspective on the Soviet Union, had Carter’s campaign had been idiotic enough to do so.  Say what you want about Carter, but at least his team knew better than to use communist propaganda machines as credible sources.

Clearly, one side has a pretty good grip on foreign policy, and the other clueless about the major players in the field.  Unfortunately for the US, the incumbent side is the latter.


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Obama is cold and lifeless.

faraway on September 14, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Obama quoting scripture. I hope there are no clouds aroung. BTW I can not believe Hillary is still blaming the movie for all of this. Those poor families. I’ll bet they are seething.

HoustonRight on September 14, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Ed better start a thread on the ‘ceremony’ because these two topics need full attention on their own.

dont taze me bro on September 14, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Has a President ever taken bodies off a plane for a campaign stop before?

faraway on September 14, 2012 at 2:49 PM

No one will change their opinion of Obama or Romney based on this. No one. Sadly. Anyone who might, won’t ever hear about it.

AnotherOpinion on September 14, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Obama is cold and lifeless.

faraway on September 14, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Empty. I keep using that word for him…in so many contexts.

dont taze me bro on September 14, 2012 at 2:50 PM

EMPTY WORDS

dont taze me bro on September 14, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Steam Super Mitt better hit back……………hard….

What the Pravdacrats are trying to make an issue is with NORMAL TRADE BETWEEN COUNTRIES…. What MITT wants IS FAIR TRADE and access to OPEN MARKETS….

Did/Does STAPLES buy Chinese made product??
WalMart ??? YOU BETCHA- The whole world buys from Asia.

The Pravdacrats are pissed off about IS THE PIC OF THEIR SUPER INTELLIGENT STEVE ERKEL MESSIAH LOOKING LIKE A DOPE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT A CHINESE MADE I-PHONE.

COMMIE SQUIRREL………

FlaMurph on September 14, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Hillary cuts her eyes every time he says a lie. It’s rapid fire right now.

faraway on September 14, 2012 at 2:53 PM

PAPER: U.S. WARNED OF EMBASSY ATTACK BUT DID NOTHING…

dont taze me bro on September 14, 2012 at 2:53 PM

OF@uckead’s campaign is one of the leading disinformation groups out there. Why should they be shy about quoting another one?

NOMOBO on September 14, 2012 at 2:54 PM

OF@uckead’s

Oops! Don’t want to get banned.

NOMOBO on September 14, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Where does the picture of the Bug Eyed Girl come from? What is the setting of the photo?

Old Fritz on September 14, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Why not? The Chinese have paid the Obama campaign for the right to chime in.

Speakup on September 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Here’s the Romney criticism of Obama:

On the campaign trail in Virginia yesterday, Mitt Romney called out President Obama for breaking another of his erstwhile campaign promises by failing to brand China a currency manipulator, and promised to do so himself at the start of his presidency.

Now, assuming Romney did make money investing in Chinese companies, how does one have anything to do with the other?

Is the rule now that you can’t have an opinion on a country if you have ever done business with anyone in that country?

What, exactly, is brilliant team Obama (and their owners, the Chinese) trying to say here?

Monkeytoe on September 14, 2012 at 3:12 PM

..one of the most endearing qualities of these HG posts is the picture selection. Take this post, for example. Not only triple face palm of the three gentlemen, please not the deliciously wide-eyed stare of the lady behind them.

There’s a subtle genius to this, ain’t there?

The War Planner on September 14, 2012 at 3:39 PM

OT Bomb sniffing dog finds traces of explosives in car outside Missouri Federal Building in Kansas City.

txmomof6 on September 14, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Well I quote alot of Orwell because of this administr-egime.
I suppose its only fitting Barry does a lil Mao.
Which compels me to… quote more Orwell. Vicious lil circle I suppose. But he started it!

onomo on September 14, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Breaking News: Egan Jones Downgrades United States Credit Rating, AGAIN!

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/egan-jones-downgrades-us-rating-on-qe3-move-2012-09-14

WolvenOne on September 14, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Where does the picture of the Bug Eyed Girl come from? What is the setting of the photo?

Old Fritz on September 14, 2012 at 2:57 PM

She is sitting behind the bench at a Duke basketball game. That is the Duke braintrust with Coach K in front of her.
Gets a lot of comments here.

Jabberwock on September 14, 2012 at 3:52 PM

faraway on September 14, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Nice catch.

a capella on September 14, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Any idea how much GM imports from China ?
How about GE ?
Cutter ain’t to smart

Jabberwock on September 14, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Where does the picture of the Bug Eyed Girl come from? What is the setting of the photo?

Old Fritz on September 14, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Get lost! I saw her first!

/hearts

CurtZHP on September 14, 2012 at 4:08 PM

You missed the point of the Ad, Ed.

The ad is reaching out to many indies, painting Romney as a successful dirty Crony Capitalist in a Communist Regime, the only issue being thrown by Romney’s campaign against TehWon that is making a sense to the centric voters.

The ad simply tells how hypocritical Romney is.

TheAlamos on September 14, 2012 at 4:10 PM

The Obama campaign is getting desperate. This is all they have? Their convention bounce (AKA Bill Clinto speech bounce) is fading fast… so now they’re back to personal attacks against Romney?

Pathetic.

Even the pro-Obama trolls like TheAlamos are struggling to defend the Obama campaign.

If I were an Obama donor, I’d be asking for my money back about right now. It’s just throwing away money on a losing campaign.

bluegill on September 14, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Now can we call him a Marxist?

MNHawk on September 14, 2012 at 7:43 PM

/Lurk on (lurking for years)

I don’t comment much, but these last few days has me outraged, both with the news and maybe more with many of those that comment on this site.
“Failure” is much too weak of a word.
Here are a few more appropriate words:
Treason
Treason
Treason
All you damned ABR’s, Paulbots and the like had better get your sh!t together. The world is officially on fire and your “punish the GOP” for four more years whiny baby crap will eventually kill us all, not to mention your children as well. 1979 will look like a walk in the park. Get your heads out of your ideological a…holes and vote this radtical basturd out. Third parties will never start from the top down. Never happened before and wont happen now. Now you have a more important decision. More important than conservative purity, pro-choice, religious freedoms, gold standards or free weed.
Its fast becoming LIFE or DEATH.
Get over yourself, and the rest of the selfish bull.
(sorry, but I will post this on multiple threads)
/Lurk off

OTTO on September 14, 2012 at 9:45 PM

More important than conservative purity, pro-choice, religious freedoms, gold standards or free weed.
Its fast becoming LIFE or DEATH.
Get over yourself, and the rest of the selfish bull.
(sorry, but I will post this on multiple threads)
/Lurk off

OTTO on September 14, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Sorry. I love REM’s song: It’s the end of the world … and I feel fine.

ButNo. It’s definitely not. It’s only in your paranoiac mind that has been conditioned by GOP-E for so long.

Mittens is worse than Obamaic.

TheAlamos on September 14, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Is the rule now that you can’t have an opinion on a country if you have ever done business with anyone in that country?

What, exactly, is brilliant team Obama (and their owners, the Chinese) trying to say here?

Monkeytoe on September 14, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Team Obama is not reaching out to you.

They are reaching out to all voters “who hate hypocrites”.

Mittens has been hitting Obama as the great Crony Capitalist leading to all kinds of corruption in DC.

But Team Obama is just saying that Mittens is a hypocritical Rich Republican Opportunist who got his wealth partly from playing excellent dirty tricks with China, the World’s most famous model for successful Crony Capitalism. China remains a communist country and each Chinese industry is composed of a number of so-called “companies” across the country, pretending to compete against each other, but actually colluding under the instructions of the Central Government.

If Romney got richer with those alleged Chinese deals, then Romney must surely be a master of cronyism. He must know how to turn the Crony Capitalism in DC into his own personal advantage …when he becomes the President.

Possibly not true. But to many indies, Obama has successfully painted Romney as a cold, heartless wealthy businessman.

TheAlamos on September 14, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Soooooo…. Romney found a way to separate a few yen from those evil chinamen .. and O’Barky’s choomers whinge like that’s a bad thing? smh
/.

CaveatEmpty on September 14, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Allah didn’t know the Chinese were also propagandists?

Well he knows now I suppose – but for me, this is an old and known issue.

I guess thanks for the update tho! Hmmm …

So what about what they actually said? I note Allah didn’t try to poke any holes in it. Is it true? Not?

I guess it doesn’t matter here does it?

HondaV65 on September 15, 2012 at 3:45 AM

The Obama campaign can make any non-factual and stupid statement it wants because the media will back Obama at all cost, and Americans have proven to be totally illiterate when it comes to politics and the economy.

The sorry fact is that Newt would have decimated Obama already, while Romney is still trying to get to first base.

Sparky5253 on September 15, 2012 at 4:28 PM

O’Bonehead:

“Let me be clear. We find broad agreement on the weaknesses of my Republican opponent in this campaign with the propaganda campaigns of both the communist regime in China and the Islamist regime in Egypt.

“Clearly, Romney is unfit to serve as the American President, as Islamo-Nazis and communists will find him equally offensive.”

I may have forgotten to mention: our President is a fuc*ing imbecile and has little in common with the people who elected him.

Jaibones on September 15, 2012 at 5:22 PM

The facepalm picture, always used by HA, is so funny. Is this a photo from a real event?

mtb on September 17, 2012 at 1:00 PM

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