While the broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) were stoking fear of any coronavirus vaccine produced under Trump’s presidency, they blacked out the nationwide outrage at ABC-owner Disney for giving a “special thanks” to the operators of China’s Uighur concentration camps in the credits of their new movie Mulan. It was a missed opportunity for their competitors at CBS and NBC.
The Libertarian magazine Reason put it best in describing the disturbing situation with Disney’s praise for the murderous Chinese regime. “The new Mulan movie is facing a barrage of criticism—and promises to boycott—for filming near Chinese concentration camps and then thanking the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for the privilege,” wrote Elizabeth Nolan Brown.
Disney’s outrageous actions even made its way on to Fox News Channel’s Special Report. “In the credits of Disney's Mulan, the movie’s creature shot scenes in Xinjiang. And even thanked government agencies there, including one the Commerce Department sanctioned in October, the Turpan Municipality Public Security Bureau,” reported State Department correspondent Rich Edson.
Edson also read from the State Department report that detailed the horrific treatment of the Uighurs in the region Disney filmed:
A recent State Department report says that the Chinese government is subjecting minority groups in Xinjiang to, quote, "forced disappearance, political indoctrination, torture, physical and psychological abuse, including forced sterilization and sexual abuse, forced labor, and prolonged detention.”
So, what exactly was Disney thanking them for?
Instead of reporting on this, the liberal broadcast networks were busy stoking fear of a coronavirus vaccine created under President Trump. “AstraZeneca putting its vaccine trial on hold because of a suspected adverse reaction in a participant. It comes after an extraordinary pledge by drug company CEOs saying they won't rush clinical trials despite pressure from President Trump,” announced NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt
Meanwhile, on ABC’s World News Tonight, correspondent Steve Osunsami poisoned the well by boosting the Biden campaign’s attacks on the matter with a lie about what the President said:
OSUNSAMI: For weeks now, the President keeps suggesting that a vaccine could be ready by election day.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: So, we're going to have a vaccine very soon. Maybe even before a very special date, you know what date I'm talking about.
OSUNSAMI: His critics say he's rushing things for political gain.
SEN. KAMALA HARRIS (D-CA): I will not take his word for it. He wants us to inject bleach. No, I will not take his word.
NewsBusters has long documented how ABC News was just a shill for their parent company, so it’s there’s the reason they wouldn’t cover the outrage. But there were no such obligations against CBS and NBC. On the other hand, NBC Universal might be doing their own filling in China.
The network black out on Disney’s praise for concentration camp operators was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Ancestry on ABC, Amazon on CBS Evening News, and HomeAdvisor on NBC. Their contact information in linked so you can tell them about what they’re funding. CBS Evening News has also asked people to text anchor Norah O’Donnell at this number: (202) 217-1107.
The transcript is below, click "expand" to read:
Fox News Channel’s Special Report
September 8, 2020
6:23:36 p.m. Eastern
BRET BAIER: As a Trump administration sanctions those responsible for what officials call the massive concentration camp system in North West China, we look at the case of one man who’s detained there and his sister here, fighting for his release. State Department correspondent Rich Edson reports.
[Cuts to video]
RICH EDSON: After a three-week State Department business program in the United States, Ekpar Asat returned home to Xinjiang, China to build his own media business. Instead, his family says Chinese authorities arrested him and moved him into a concentration camp.
RAYHAN ASAT (Sister): Here I am achieving my American dream, where is my brother? He is detained. And his life is simply unimaginable.
EDSON: In 2016, Rayhan became the first ethnic Uighur to graduate with a master’s degree from Harvard law school. Ekpar was planning on come back to the U.S. for his sister's Harvard graduation. He never made it.
ASAT: I worry that he thinks he’s forgotten. I will not relent until he’s free.
EDSON: A recent State Department report says that the Chinese government is subjecting minority groups in Xinjiang to, quote, "forced disappearance, political indoctrination, torture, physical and psychological abuse, including forced sterilization and sexual abuse, forced labor and prolonged detention.”
Economic times between the U.S. and China remain strong despite sanctions. In the credits of Disney's Mulan, the movie’s creature shot scenes in Xinjiang. And even thanked government agencies there, including one the Commerce Department sanctioned in October, the Turpan Municipality Public Security Bureau.
ASAT: It’s simply unacceptable. Because, it's a way of complicity. It's a way of enabling the Chinese government for its oppression.
EDSON: Her parents still live in China and are at risk of retribution of the Chinese government.
ASAT: All of our communication is heavily monitored, so they cannot talk to me, anything about my brother. It's so painful. It's like, -- I feel like I’m in my home and my thoughts are monitored.
[Cuts back to live]
EDSON: Rayhan, says she recently found out from the U.S. Congress that her brother had been sentenced to 15 years. It's already been four years since she’s heard anything from him. Bret.
BAIER: Rich. Thank you.