CNN and the New York Times Support Chinese Communist-Funded ‘Marxist Journalism’ School
Financial supporters of the Global Business Journalism School, which aims to “apply Marxist theory” to journalism, include Bank of America, Bloomberg, consulting giant Deloitte, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The university claims the following Western news entities provide “talent, equipment, and internships” as part of a “long history of cooperation” with Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-controlled Tsinghua:
The New York Times; CNN; Financial Times; Reuters;
Also listed as collaborating on the explicitly Marxist venture are individuals such as CNN host Fareed Zakaria and Facebook Vice President Lori Goler, who both served as guest lecturers in 2017. Bloomberg’s Editor-at-Large and columnist Lee Miller is listed as a professor, while Leslie Wayne, a contributor and former business reporter at the New York Times, is a Visiting Fellow. Also included in the ranks of professors and fellows are a host of CCP apparatchiks. These companies, in collaborating with the CCP, are actively aiding and abetting President Xi Jinping and his 2016 diktat that “wherever the readers are, wherever the viewers are, that is where propaganda reports must extend their tentacles.” Given Tsinghua is wholly funded by the Chinese government, such ties appear to present a conflict of interest in the aforementioned outlets’ coverage of China. Bloomberg, for example, has supplied the program with 10 of its notorious computer terminals, “the largest such installation at any university in the world,” and program participants have even met with Michael Bloomberg. Co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief Matthew Winkler visited the school on its 10 year anniversary in 2016, coinciding with the company’s decision to provide additional funding for the school.
Collaboration with Tsinghua is also egregious given the college has reportedly launched cyberattacks against the U.S. government, has a “clear connection” to the CCP on issues of technology and national security according to the U.S. State Department, and is president Xi Jinping’s alma mater. Xi retains a close link with the university, having recently met with the institution’s advisory board at the CCP’s Great Hall of the People. The school was even highlighted by the New York Times in its article, “Professors, Beware. In China, Student Spies Might Be Watching.” “Lü Jia, a professor of Marxism, was investigated by the school’s administrators this year after students led an online campaign accusing him of speaking critically of China and socialism. The students said they were inspired by a call by Mr. Xi in March to strengthen ideological training and to prepare for a “national rejuvenation.” They started an anonymous social media account where they published line-by-line criticisms of Professor Lü’s lectures and criticized him for saying that Western civilization was still predominant in the world while China’s civilization was in decline.”