CNN Covering For Communist China

( Last week, CNN published on its website a column by Nury Turkel, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute who was born in a Uyghur reeducation camp during the Cultural Revolution.

In his column “I was born in a Chinese ‘reeducation camp.’ I’m watching history repeat itself,” Turkel warned that modern-day China is very much like the China of his childhood. He criticized the West for purchasing products made by China’s slave labor, pointing out that much of the world’s economy has grown dependent on this labor – including in the manufacturing of solar panels and the cotton-growing industry.

Turkel blasted the international community for turning a blind eye to China’s treatment of the Uyghurs, urging Western Democracies to push back on China “even if it comes with an inevitable backlash” from Beijing.

Turkel also urged the House to pass the Uyghur Forced Labor Protection Act that has already passed the Senate.

It is a powerful column, and not what you’d expect from an outlet like CNN.

But save yourself the trouble of praising CNN for allowing Turkel’s column on its website. Because at the very end of the column rests an editor’s note in which CNN tries to run interference for Beijing.

In the editor’s note, CNN points out that China “has repeatedly denied” the allegations of crimes against the Uyghurs “and other Turkic peoples.” According to CNN, China says that it is “providing the Uyghurs with education at ‘vocational training centers’” while it assists in “deradicalization efforts to combat alleged terrorism.”

Why bother adding this editor’s note?

CNN is a news outlet in the United States, not the People’s Republic of China. Unless CNN is receiving some financial benefit from the Chinese, there is absolutely no reason to provide a “counterpoint” to Turkel’s column that repeats China’s lies.

On the same day CNN published Turkel’s column, Christiane Amanpour interviewed NBA star, and outspoken China critic Enes Kanter. And in a tweeted clip from her interview, Amanpour was careful to couch Kanter’s criticism of China as “what he sees as human rights violations.”

What he sees? Really?

Of course, none of this is new. Throughout the pandemic, CNN was so careful to shield China for its role in unleashing COVID on the world, many began referring to the network as “XiNN.”