What does the “C” in CNN really stand for?
A report by online site The National Pulse found that several former employees of the Cable News Network have curiously moved on to the same foreign-owned news outlet: China Global Television Network (CGTN).
CGTN is based out of Beijing and is funded by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The network largely functions as an attack platform that targets the Chinese state’s adversaries, in particular the United States and President Donald Trump.
The outlet’s clear alignment with the CCP resulted in its obligatory registration with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) in 2019.
And ex-CNN journalists are helping make it all possible.
One of these former employees is Sean Callebs, a 20-year CNN correspondent (from 1989 to 2009) currently working as a national correspondent for CGTN.
During his time with the Chinese propaganda outlet, Callebs has championed the Russia collusion narrative. He has also praised the CCP’s environmental policies, even though the East Asian country is a top polluter with the world’s biggest share of greenhouse gas emissions.
On the other hand, Calleb has condemned America for “heading in the opposite direction” on the environment. He has also produced pro-communist puff pieces, such as a “70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.”
Callebs’ celebratory journalism conveniently leaves out the fact that over 65 million Chinese died under the CCP between 1949 and 1997.
Another former CNN employee to now call CGTN home is Anand Naidoo, who anchors The Heat out of the Chinese network’s Washington, D.C. bureau.
Naidoo was an anchor for CNN’s International World News for 10 years. Now he spends his time talking about how much better a global power China is than the United States, as he did in a segment devoted to highlighting how America’s COVID-19 death toll surpassed the communist nation’s, slamming President Trump’s response as inadequate, and underscoring how the United States looked to China for help with personal protective equipment.
The National Pulse notes how Naidoo’s pro-China stance has led him to deal in fake news:
On CGTN, he also peddled the untruth that DC police used tear gas and rubber bullets to clear out protestors from Lafayette Square prior to President Trump visiting St. John’s Church — rather than the truth: that one officer deployed pepper spray after being attacked by rioters.
Naidoo, however, emphasized the “chaos in the streets of Washington D.C.” while falsely stating that “police forcefully clear out protestors from in front of the White House, firing rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowd.”
His segment with a World Health Organization official who praised China’s “transparency” regarding coronavirus also parrots CCP talking points.
Naturally, Naidoo left out the part where China withheld information about the coronavirus’ human-to-human transmission from the world.
Then there’s Karina Huber, a New York correspondent for CGTN. During her time there, she has advocated against President Trump’s tariffs by playing up America’s dependence of Chinese goods and characterized the administration’s decision to curtail Chinese student visas as “bad public policy, bad for higher education, and bad for the country.”
That’s despite FBI Director Christopher Wray’s clear declaration that it is common for foreign intelligence gatherers to use “nontraditional collectors, especially in the academic setting, whether it’s professors, scientists, students.”
Asieh Namdar, a former CNN anchor, now performs the same role at CGTN. She has made no secret about her dislike of President Trump.
Ok I’ve seen enough.
The Trump portion of these “briefings” are becoming harder and harder to watch .
Total waste of time.
— Asieh Namdar (@asiehnamdar) April 13, 2020
Done. Can’t watch this anymore. #Trump
— Asieh Namdar (@asiehnamdar) August 12, 2017
Namdar appeared alongside co-host Callebs to censure the president’s decision to kill Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.
The pair decried the move as the actions of a warmonger, saying on-air: “President George W. Bush and Barack Obama both had the opportunity and the means to launch a similar drone strike, but they didn’t.”
Jim Spellman was at CNN for more than a decade. He shares his colleagues’ anti-Trump mindset.
In unprecedented move, Treasury orders Trump’s name printed on stimulus checks https://t.co/23ezn7nA8R
— Jim Spellman (@jimspellmanTV) April 15, 2020
Like Huber, Spellman has come out in defense of Chinese student visas and against President Trump’s tariffs. He has also praised the CCP’s “shift from rule by law to rule of law.”
It says a lot about CNN when their “journalists” have no problem fitting right in with a foreign nation’s anti-American propaganda machine.
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Luis Miguel is a marketer and writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.