Comcast’s Business Dealings in China Might Influence Coronavirus Coverage

American media outlets doing the bidding of the Chinese might not be entirely ideologically driven, The Daily Caller writes.

J. Arthur Bloom, managing editor of The American Conservative, told Tucker Carlson that Comcast’s business ties to Beijing could explain the company-wide hesitancy in directly challenging the Chinese Virus claims coming out of China.

Carlson noted that anti-Trump bias could be driving media outlets to side with China, but Bloom countered that at least with regard to Comcast/NBC the reasons could be all business.

“We’ve got this tremendous disconnect between what the American people actually think about China and what the media has been telling us,” Bloom explained. “Something like 70% of Americans blame China for it, and yet that’s not what we’ve been getting. So, why? There’s all the usual reasons that most reporters are liberal, and that they trust experts a lot, but they’re also in business with them.”

“The Chinese inserts in ‘The New York Times’ or ‘The Washington Post,’ those have gotten a lot of attention but also some of these bigger conglomerates like Comcast which owns NBC Universal, for example they are building a big theme park in Beijing which is a multibillion dollar investment which hasn’t come on line yet,” Bloom continued. “And so what does that mean? If Rachel Maddow were to come on and start bashing the Chinese government, you know, the communist party could come down and say, ‘Actually, we are not interested in opening or theme park anymore.’”

Bloom also pointed out that, “The NBA situation was a great example where just one owner of a team was critical of the Chinese and yet the hammer came down hard on the entire league. They are not known for a proportional response here.”

And while China recently expelled some American journalists from the country, Bloom didn’t think any NBC journalists were in that group. “I would think if they were covering China in a tough way it’s a badge of honor to be kicked out,” he said.

About Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith is a newcomer to Washington D.C. She met, and married an American journalist and moved to D.C from the U.K. She graduated with a B.A in Graphic, Media and Communications and worked in design and retail in the U.K.

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