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The Chinese media has declared themselves on President Donald Trump’s side, bashing the American press for painting him as a bad leader.
The Global Times, a state newspaper, praises Trump and claims that the Chinese people had a completely mistaken impression of him…thanks to The Washington Post and other liberal media strongholds.
The article also praises Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.
China no longer “trusts” the American media due to its heavily one-sided coverage, the newspaper says.
“This doesn’t come easily, as the initial impression of Trump was completely led by US media.”
“These absurd reports deeply influenced Chinese public opinion. It wasn’t until his election victory that the Chinese public realized they had been cheated by the American media.”
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In its editorial, the Global Times wrote that the supposed high opinion of Trump in China “doesn’t come easily, as the initial impression of Trump was completely led by U.S. media reports.
“These absurd reports deeply influenced Chinese public opinion. It wasn’t until his election victory that the Chinese public realized they had been cheated by the American media,” it added.
Despite that flattery, the Chinese press has routinely criticized Trump — sometimes sharply — over differences in issues like Taiwan and North Korea.
In December, Global Times called Trump “ignorant like a child” in handling diplomacy after the then president-elect stated that the U.S. did not necessarily have to stick to the “One China” policy.
In April, state news agency Xinhua criticized the U.S. for its strike in Syria, calling it the actions of a weak politician who was attempting to flex his muscles.
In August this year, Xinhua rebuked the U.S. president for his “emotional venting” on Twitter after he criticized China for not reining North Korea in.
Nevertheless, the Global Times posited that: “Many leading U.S. media outlets are now discredited among the Chinese public, partly because of their fake reports during the elections and subjective opposition against Trump.”
It did not cite any specific reports that it believed were fake.
On Thursday, Trump’s visit to China was a top trending topic on the country’s microblog platform Weibo, where news about the U.S. leader’s visit was greeted with a Chinese-language hashtag translating to “#Trumpishere.”
Reactions to Trump’s visit were generally warm in a country where the brash style of the U.S. leader is perceived to be fresh and free-spirited.
One question…if a bunch of communists can figure this out, what does that say about Rachel Maddow and Jake Tapper?