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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Goebbels orgasms in his grave.

Schadenfreude on September 14, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Ha ha! Bug-eyed girl.

txsurveyor on September 14, 2012 at 2:03 PM

A record three threads on the same topic.

The Rogue Tomato on September 14, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Wow! This chick is Joe Biden’s daughter isn’t she?

JAM on September 14, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Wow. 3 times?

You’ve outdone yourselves today.

lorien1973 on September 14, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Say what you want about Carter, but at least his team knew better than to use communist propaganda machines as credible sources.

Who would have thought that the Carter years would be looked on fondly?

Congratulations Jimmy, you’re no longer the worst president ever.

rbj on September 14, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Cutter is absolutely terrible at her job. Spectacularly awful.

DrSteve on September 14, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Desperation?

SouthernGent on September 14, 2012 at 2:05 PM

They’ve got nothing.

Hill60 on September 14, 2012 at 2:05 PM

China for Obama 2012!!!

mrscullen on September 14, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Obamas internal polls must be in the crapper.

Weight of Glory on September 14, 2012 at 2:05 PM

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

Stop the off-shoring. Use homegrown propagandists and disinformation specialists for crying out loud. They’re working particularly hard this week – throw them a bone.

forest on September 14, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Thanks for the recycled photo, never fails to bring a chuckle to me. What a dark week for this country, its media sycophants and sheeple who bow to the Apologist-In-Chief.

hillsoftx on September 14, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Wow. 3 times?

You’ve outdone yourselves today.

lorien1973 on September 14, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Dunno, kind of a BFD…

cajun carrot on September 14, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Stephanie Cutter@stefcutter
Must read: China’s Xinhua slams Romney for making his money off Chinese companies before running for pres.

Ru didn’t beerd dat.

de rigueur on September 14, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Comrades Unite!

faraway on September 14, 2012 at 2:06 PM

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.

That’s because the ChiComs aren’t the enemy of the incumbent side.

Bitter Clinger on September 14, 2012 at 2:07 PM

What’s the name of that magazine that al Queda publishes? I’m sure this administration can find some good anti-Romney material in that as well.

NotCoach on September 14, 2012 at 2:07 PM

But don’t you dare call Obama a communist, or even a socialist.

Or his middle name.

Don’t call him “Barack”, either. That’s racist.

Just call him Dear Leader and shut up.

MadisonConservative on September 14, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Stephanie Cutter@stefcutter
Must read: China’s Xinhua slams Romney for making his money off Chinese companies before running for pres.

Ru didn’t beerd dat.

de rigueur on September 14, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Literal LOL!!

Bitter Clinger on September 14, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Why cant Obama just quote communists in his own party?

Weight of Glory on September 14, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Uh, the Chinese still owe us big time for WWII and for buying their crappy products all these years.

John the Libertarian on September 14, 2012 at 2:08 PM

“Because China’s just as credible as we are!”

itsnotaboutme on September 14, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Ru didn’t beerd dat.

de rigueur on September 14, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Winner!

John the Libertarian on September 14, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Dunno, kind of a BFD…

cajun carrot on September 14, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Act of War

Ambassador Dead

Administration Knew, Did Nothing

Obama Blows It Off and Runs To Las Vegas

Violence Erupts At Many More Embassies

I think we should forget all that and talk about Romney’s tone and his riches some more.

The Rogue Tomato on September 14, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Why cant Obama just quote communists in his own party?

Weight of Glory on September 14, 2012 at 2:08 PM

No need for that. He speaks for himself.

Cody1991 on September 14, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Stephanie Cutter@stefcutter
Must read: Kim Jong Un of North Korea says Mitt Romney is a yankee imperialist running dog!

Bishop on September 14, 2012 at 2:10 PM

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

…they need to update who they give the “Honor” too!…I’m sure in 2012…News Networks in this country have to be in the top ten!

KOOLAID2 on September 14, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Cody1991 on September

heh

Weight of Glory on September 14, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Stephanie Cutter@stefcutter
Must read: China’s Xinhua slams Romney for making his money off Chinese companies before running for pres.

… and yet another entry in the “You just can’t make stuff like this up” department. How in the world are satirists and comedians supposed to make a living when they can’t come up with anything sillier than what the administration and its sycophants are doing? Comedy Writers Union ought to go after the administration for union busting.

AZfederalist on September 14, 2012 at 2:13 PM

The Chinese don’t want a mutually detrimental trade war and neither do I. Jingoists are the dumbest. Boohoohoo, the Chinese can produce things way cheaper and better than the fat democrat union American slobs they “stole” their jobs from. Consumers win when China trade is strong, only special interests (namely unions and regulators) would benefit from a trade war with China.

Daikokuco on September 14, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Exactly…next up, criticism from North Korea, Cuba, and Hitler and Stalin from the grave.

I think Cutter might have a substance abuse problem. Either that or she is as dumb as a plank. Or both.

Philly on September 14, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Endorsed by Vladimir Putin, Supported by Attacks against Romney by Communist China’s propaganda machine…All O needs is an endorsement by Iran’s Leader and North Korea for the Evil Grand Slam!

Natebo on September 14, 2012 at 2:16 PM

This is SOP for the Obama Campaign .. use as a source an organization that is head and shoulders above their own quality standards.

To understand that that source is considered “the world’s biggest propaganda machine … at the heart of censorship and disinformation” shows us who is better than their campaign and their candidate.

J_Crater on September 14, 2012 at 2:18 PM

When one searches Xinhua and 1989 it can not find that year as it do not happen re: Tienanmen square.

tjexcite on September 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Stephanie Cutter@stefcutter
Must read: China’s Xinhua slams Romney for making his money off Chinese companies before running for pres.

… and yet another entry in the “You just can’t make stuff like this up” department. How in the world are satirists and comedians supposed to make a living when they can’t come up with anything sillier than what the administration and its sycophants are doing? Comedy Writers Union ought to go after the administration for union busting.

AZfederalist on September 14, 2012 at 2:13 PM

I’m betting Jon Stewert finds a way. Even he can’t resist poking fun at Cutter for this.

Bitter Clinger on September 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Exactly…next up, criticism from North Korea, Cuba, and Hitler and Stalin from the grave.

I think Cutter might have a substance abuse problem. Either that or she is as dumb as a plank. Or both.

Philly on September 14, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Planks are indignant.

Bitter Clinger on September 14, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Bin Laden is dead, and Communism is alive

faraway on September 14, 2012 at 2:20 PM

So now Team Obama has teamed up with Chinese news service Xinhua who is publishing agitprop aimed squarely at the presidential election in the United States of America in Barack Hussein Obama’s bid to be reelected?

Go. Figure.

FlatFoot on September 14, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Endorsed by Vladimir Putin, Supported by Attacks against Romney by Communist China’s propaganda machine…All O needs is an endorsement by Iran’s Leader and North Korea for the Evil Grand Slam!

Natebo on September 14, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Also missing is the al-Queda endorsement. But those drone strikes kind of messed that up, I guess.

Bitter Clinger on September 14, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Xinhua and Obama are really nice guys who are just misinformed about this issue.

BoxHead1 on September 14, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Jimmy Carter today: Nobody died in Iran under my watch.

Vashta.Nerada on September 14, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Obama is literally using 4 caskets as props for his speech in a few minutes.

faraway on September 14, 2012 at 2:23 PM

When one searches Xinhua and 1989 it can not find that year as it do not happen re: Tienanmen square.

tjexcite on September 14, 2012 at 2:19 PM

“That never happened! The entire country went on vacation that year!”

teke184 on September 14, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Sorry to go off topic but this just ran across the news wires here in KS.

Explosives detected after man claims to be terrorist with bomb

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
A man claiming to be a terrorist has led to the evacuation of some downtown Kansas City streets.

The Kansas City Police Department’s bomb squad is investigating a suspicious device. Bomb dogs have confirmed that explosives are inside the vehicle.

The man is in custody, police said.

The man walked into a building at 13th Street and Holmes Road and made the declaration.

The General Services Administration is relocating employees from sections of their downtown building as a result of the threat.

Kansas City police say the exit from westbound Interstate 70 to 13th Street is closed. In addition, streets 12th and 13th Streets and Cherry and Holmes are closed in this area, which is near the Kansas City Police Department headquarters.

KCTV5 News has crews headed to the scene. Watch KCTV5 News at Noon for updates and refresh this page for updates.

canditaylor68 on September 14, 2012 at 2:23 PM

For those connected to the Obama campaign and administration to be so completely idiotic, to achieve this level of stupidity, is shocking to see. And we’ve been watching them be stupid for YEARS.

I guess the election going so poorly, economic indicators showcasing Obama’s failed domestic policies and the middle east and north Africa unraveling showcasing his failed foreign policy, and not so coincidentally, the LEFT’S entire ideology, is taking its toll on Team Obama.

Poor, poor, things. It will all be over soon. All they have to do is make it until Romeny’s victory on November 6th. Then they can all go home for a much needed rest.

thatsafactjack on September 14, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Bin Laden is dead, and Communism is alive

faraway on September 14, 2012 at 2:20 PM

A US ambassador is dead, and al queda is alive.

Vashta.Nerada on September 14, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Stephanie Cutter is a poster child for birth control.
The gift that keeps on giving.

RovesChins on September 14, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I am really outraged. This man has the caskets laying next to his podium.

faraway on September 14, 2012 at 2:25 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA06Z5e1ZFc

mrt721 on September 14, 2012 at 2:25 PM

So now Team Obama has teamed up with Chinese news service Xinhua who is publishing agitprop aimed squarely at the presidential election in the United States of America in Barack Hussein Obama’s bid to be reelected?

FlatFoot on September 14, 2012 at 2:21 PM

So, does this count as a political donation by a foreign entity?

AZfederalist on September 14, 2012 at 2:25 PM

The Beijing Candidate

theflyonthewall on September 14, 2012 at 2:26 PM

They’ve already quoted “The Onion”. This is a step up.

RSbrewer on September 14, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Barry’s defense cuts also cut embassy security, BTW.

Punchenko on September 14, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Why wouldn’t the Obamites not see a problem with relying on State controlled media? After all, they do (ie, NYT, WashPost, CNN, etc.)

FiveG on September 14, 2012 at 2:28 PM

I am really outraged. This man has the caskets laying next to his podium.

faraway on September 14, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Classless. It is disgusting and reprehensible.

RovesChins on September 14, 2012 at 2:28 PM

So, does this count as a political donation by a foreign entity?

AZfederalist on September 14, 2012 at 2:25 PM

“No controlling legal authority” or something.

Bitter Clinger on September 14, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Mission accomplished?

faraway on September 14, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Next up on “Dumbest Possible **** to do in a Political Campaign,” we’re going to interview Stormfront members to see what they think of Josh Mandel’s candidacy.

Un-be-****ing-lievable. These people are beyond deranged.

Good Solid B-Plus on September 14, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Raff Out Roud.

Bishop on September 14, 2012 at 2:31 PM

As I predicted yesterday, Obama is now holding a Political Press Conference Campaign Event over the dead bodies of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and his staff members.

SWalker on September 14, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Obama couldn’t be bothered with working to prevent the Libyan attack, but after his trip to Vegas, he has time to use these dead men for a campaign stop?
I am furious!

RovesChins on September 14, 2012 at 2:31 PM

This is the most shameful, outrageous thing I have ever seen.

faraway on September 14, 2012 at 2:32 PM

As I predicted yesterday, Obama is now holding a Political Press Conference Campaign Event over the dead bodies of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and his staff members.

SWalker on September 14, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Obama couldn’t be bothered with working to prevent the Libyan attack, but after his trip to Vegas, he has time to use these dead men for a campaign stop?
I am furious!

RovesChins on September 14, 2012 at 2:31 PM

I owe you a coke.

Those Marines should have been protecting the consulate, not carrying his body into an Obama campaign stop.

RovesChins on September 14, 2012 at 2:33 PM

China: We ruv Obama, not Lomney. Lomney wants us to pray fair.

Steve Z on September 14, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Obama…Spike the football one more time..

Just for good ol’ sake..

Electrongod on September 14, 2012 at 2:33 PM

To state the obvious, don’t most businesses make money from China, by buying their goods and selling them here? Is this illegal? Or does Stephanie Cutter just hate Chinese people?

ShadowsPawn on September 14, 2012 at 2:33 PM

What we now know about Ted Kennedy’s communications with the KGB a promo for Carter from Pravda would have at least been honest.

xkaydet65 on September 14, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Whoa, the Obamaganda media and the ChiComaganda media–that’s a match made in commiesocimarxist heaven. I don’t give a rat’s a$$ what the Chinese say, but wait I think a Chinese restaurant just served that rat’s a$$ to Stephanie Cutter …

stukinIL4now on September 14, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Perhaps Cutter would like to get a quote from Fidel Castro, on Romney’s economic policies, or maybe Bolivia on his drug policy.

STL_Vet on September 14, 2012 at 2:36 PM

OT: CSPAN2 showing ceremony of bodies of victims returning from Libya. Hillary now speaking. Wonder how the families feel about her job performance at ensuring the embassy was secured.

dont taze me bro on September 14, 2012 at 2:38 PM

MSM has wet dreams about being the dems State Run Media, or ‘The Department Of Truth Enhancement’

theflyonthewall on September 14, 2012 at 2:40 PM

This is the way Obama properly welcomed other returning American dead. He didn’t interrupt the process, he was simply an observer.

Why set the caskets up as props now?

faraway on September 14, 2012 at 2:40 PM

I am really outraged. This man has the caskets laying next to his podium.

faraway on September 14, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Ghouls.

Rebar on September 14, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Stephanie Cutter@stefcutter
Must read: China’s Xinhua slams Romney for making his money off Chinese companies before running for pres.

Ru didn’t beerd dat.

de rigueur on September 14, 2012 at 2:06 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH!

PatriotGal2257 on September 14, 2012 at 2:40 PM

The sad thing is, this will probably just drive his poll numbers up. I can’t tell you how insane it was listenting to WTOP this morning on the drive in. The “journalists” were all droolimg over themselves as they gloated about Obama’s rosey numbers.

Maks. Me. Sick.

dczombie on September 14, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Obama in purely classless moment right now. This ugly scene blows the msm meme that Romney somehow acted irresponsibly out of the water. Polling must be so awful for Obama right now that he felt the needtomake this disgusting and desperate appearance. The families must be horrified right now.

Ellis on September 14, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Stephanie Cutter is a poster child for birth control.
The gift that keeps on giving.

RovesChins on September 14, 2012 at 2:25 PM

She certainly has the face for it.

CurtZHP on September 14, 2012 at 2:41 PM

these people really have to be thrown out and placed into a Chinese worker’s camp where they apparently would rather be.

ted c on September 14, 2012 at 2:42 PM

OT

The bodies of those murdered in Benghazi have just arrived at Andrews. I must say Pants -Suit is looking especially life-like… almost human.

M240H on September 14, 2012 at 2:42 PM

The desperation of the Obama campaign reeks.

Philly on September 14, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Ru didn’t beerd dat.

de rigueur on September 14, 2012 at 2:06 PM

winnah!!!

*bows*

ted c on September 14, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Hillary: “This has been a difficult week for the State department”

Not nearly as difficult as the 4 dead stacked up next to you.

faraway on September 14, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Jim Treacher’s reply Tweet back was priceless.

@jtLOL. They are almost as communist as you.

That made my day.

Gadsden. @gadsdenrattlers

GadsdenRattlers on September 14, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Re: casket ceremony. Can you imagine if you were a family member and had to sit through this? My God.

dont taze me bro on September 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Cutter and Kanner, now there are two real ‘intellectuals’. So when will they start quoting the Iranian news agency?

GarandFan on September 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Act of War

Ambassador Dead

Administration Knew, Did Nothing

Obama Blows It Off and Runs To Las Vegas

Violence Erupts At Many More Embassies

I think we should forget all that and talk about Romney’s tone and his riches some more.

The Rogue Tomato on September 14, 2012 at 2:09 PM

shameless, isn’t it.
?

ted c on September 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Hillary: “We will, under the Presidents leadership, keep Americans safe around the world”

sick

faraway on September 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Hillary: “This has been a difficult week for the State department”

Not nearly as difficult as the 4 dead stacked up next to you.

faraway on September 14, 2012 at 2:43 PM

yeah really!

ted c on September 14, 2012 at 2:45 PM

As I predicted yesterday, Obama is now holding a Political Press Conference Campaign Event over the dead bodies of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and his staff members.

SWalker on September 14, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Poor optics but Obama is such a nice guy that you can give him pass, right? He just needs some more experience then he has. He’s not a cynical heartless manipulator, it’s just that he’s in over his head.

BoxHead1 on September 14, 2012 at 2:45 PM

I don’t remember seeing casket stacking in my Political Science textbooks.

faraway on September 14, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Hillary: “We will, under the Presidents leadership, keep Americans safe around the world”

sick

faraway on September 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM

by denying them security forces, losing the carcasses of our ambassadors for 5+ hours, failing to give our real security guards ammunition, and erstwhile being utter and complete PITA’s….

ted c on September 14, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Team Obama is responsible for our embassy casualties. These people have no shame.

Philly on September 14, 2012 at 2:46 PM

My head is going to explode watching this (campaign stop)’ceremony’.

dont taze me bro on September 14, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Obama in purely classless moment right now. This ugly scene blows the msm meme that Romney somehow acted irresponsibly out of the water. Polling must be so awful for Obama right now that he felt the needtomake this disgusting and desperate appearance. The families must be horrified right now.

Ellis on September 14, 2012 at 2:41 PM

This is beyond reprehensible but perfectly in character. If that were a member of my family, and if I ever got over the horror of the whole thing, I would spend the rest of my life seeing to it that Obama never comes close to anything in public life again.

PatriotGal2257 on September 14, 2012 at 2:46 PM

As I predicted yesterday, Obama is now holding a Political Press Conference Campaign Event over the dead bodies of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and his staff members.

SWalker on September 14, 2012 at 2:31 PM

bless his heart/

ted c on September 14, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Didn’t Obama also use Russian agitprop outlet RT to attack Republicans before?

OxyCon on September 14, 2012 at 2:48 PM

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