A propaganda outlet that is run by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has increased its spending in Time magazine, one of the most iconic and widely-read magazines in the United States.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) records reveal that the outlet China Daily had already spent approximately $656,885 between May 1st and October 31st to have pro-China propaganda published in Time. In the preceding six months, the outlet had paid Time $649,603. Some of the propaganda published as a result of these deals include articles promoting Chinese culture, discussing the country’s so-called “climate change initiatives,” and Chinese technology.
Time is currently owned by far-left billionaire Marc Benioff, a major donor to the Democratic Party who has visited Joe Biden at the White House on several occasions. Shortly after first acquiring the magazine in 2018, Benioff began pushing for the magazine to enter the Chinese market. In 2019, another company owned by Benioff, software company SalesForce, made a deal with Chinese tech company Alibaba to provide the Chinese company with a cloud computing service.
China Daily has spent money to advertise in other major American publications in recent years, including USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, and Foreign Policy. Such campaigns have drawn scrutiny from the Department of Justice (DOJ), which first began ordering the outlet to disclose the details of such American deals in 2020.
Since making his deals with China, Benioff has openly praised the authoritarian regime, including its response to the COVID-19 pandemic (which was started by China) and its alleged efforts to combat so-called “global warming.” He said in 2018 that when it came to the production of electric vehicles, China was “leading the way;” on the Coronavirus, he claimed that “China has done an amazing job eliminating the virus from their country” through its controversial “zero COVID” policies, which has led to widespread protests across the nation in recent weeks.