(Silver Doctors Editors) Trade war?
Just when you thought we couldn’t simultaneously fight any more wars against China, the newest war has begun.
Presenting The Press War (or the latest iteration of it anyway)!
It began today with China firing the first shot by revoking the press credentials of three MSM correspondents:
Here’s CNBC’s Eunice Yoon:
“Chinese people do not welcome media that publish racially discriminatory and malicious slander on China. In light of this, China has decided to revoke the press cards of the three Wall Street Journal correspondents in Beijing starting today.” at #China Foreign Ministry briefing pic.twitter.com/CRwu8YFWo8
— Eunice Yoon (@onlyyoontv) February 19, 2020
Do you even get butt hurt, bro?
Nonetheless, the United States has retaliated.
The Trump administration will require five Chinese state-run media organizations to register their personnel and property with the U.S. government, granting them a designation akin to diplomatic entities.
The five organizations affected are Xinhua News Agency; China Global Television Network, previously known as CCTV; China Radio International; the parent company of China Daily newspaper; and the parent company of The People’s Daily newspaper. All five meet the definitions of “foreign missions” under the Foreign Missions Act, according to the State Department.
At the time of this writing, there is no press release about this on State.gov.
Why does it matter for the alternative-media?
Because above all, it appears as if both the US and Chinese governments are consolidating the power of the press and turning it into something more Orwellian than it already is.
The message is, albeit implicit right now, that the alternative-media better tow the official government line in the country where they reside because the alternative-media is now considered a rogue mercenary faction, and a hostile one at that, whether the consideration is true or not, because if the alternative-media exposes or calls into question anything regarding the home government’s official narrative, well now.
Neither totalitarian government will stand for that, will they?
Neither the authoritarian, communist flavor Chinese government.
Nor the corrupt, crony-capitalist flavor American government.
Governments never let a good crisis go to waste, Covid-19 included.
Oh yeah, and jut a little friendly reminder of what the US federal government in particular is actively preparing for right now regarding this crisis:
It’s guerrilla warfare in more ways that one.