Journalist Ezra Klein, the co-founder of Vox and a New York Times columnist, has been denounced for accepting trips from groups linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in exchange for “favorable coverage” of the regime. In addition, he made public statements in which he promotes the use of the Chinese-origin social network Tik Tok and spreads positive messages about the Chinese Communist regime.
Klein made the comments while speaking on his podcast about TikTok, an app whose founder pledged to use the platform to promote “socialist core values” and devotion to the Chinese Communist Party.
National Pulse previously exposed Klein for taking trips with the China–United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF), part of the Chinese Communist Party’s United Front Work Department.
Klein visited China as part of the program that seeks to obtain “favorable coverage” and “spread positive messages” in Western media, according to Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) filings with the Department of Justice.
CUSEF was founded by the vice-chairman of the “highest-ranking entity overseeing” the Chinese Communist Party’s United Front Department, an effort aimed at “co-opting and neutralizing sources of potential opposition to the policies and authority” of the Chinese regime.
The U.S. government says of it in a published report defining background and implications about the United Front’s policies, “The United Front strategy uses a variety of methods to influence overseas Chinese communities, foreign governments, and other actors to take actions or adopt positions that support Beijing’s preferred policies.”
Klein, beyond praising TikTok, stated in his space on June 4 that “it wouldn’t even be wrong” if the app was used to make Americans like China more.
“Now, you imagine — I mean, China is making tremendous, tremendous investments in AI. Now, you imagine that some of those actually pay off. You build some of that into TikTok. And just on the margin, they’re trying to make you like China more, which maybe is not even the worst thing.” Klein expressly said.
He went on to say, “TikTok is this remarkable social networking app owned by a Chinese company, ByteDance. There have been a lot of concerns that maybe TikTok is spyware or what it’s actually doing. But something very central about TikTok is that its underlying algorithm is amazing.”
Another report from National Pulse takes direct aim at several senior New York Times employees who were reportedly previously employed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)–owned English-language newspaper, China Daily. For the past several years, China Daily has gone to great lengths to publish its CCP–controlled news in U.S. newspapers.
Current New York Times employees who previously worked for the Chinese state media outlet include; Jonah Kessel, the Times’ director of cinematography; Diarmuid McDermott, current editor and designer; and European culture reporter Alex Marshall, The National Pulse reported.
Like many other big-name hegemonic media outlets, the Times has sought greater access to the Chinese market and has reportedly received millions in advertising revenue from Chinese state media entities.
U.S. Department of Justice records shows that China Daily paid nearly $19 million to U.S. media companies for advertising and printing expenses over the past four years, including the New York Times.