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  • On this episode of China Uncensored,

  • is there anyone who still believes in journalism?

  • Hi, welcome to China Uncensored,

  • I’m your host Chris Chappell.

  • You know, it's hard out here for newspapers.

  • According to the Pew Research Center,

  • newspaper subscriptions are declining fast.

  • And ad revenues are falling, too,

  • so it's tough to make ends meet.

  • Fortunately, there’s at least one group

  • that hasn’t given up on Western journalism

  • the Chinese Communist Party.

  • Yes, the Chinese state-run media

  • is paying to place its propaganda

  • in mainstream Western newspapers

  • like the Daily Telegraph,

  • the New York Times,

  • and the Wall Street Journal.

  • Well, it’s not exactly propaganda.

  • Propaganda would be if a Chinese newspaper

  • ran a story called something like,

  • I don't know,

  • Wherever you look, Red Reigns Supreme.”

  • But if you get a respected American newspaper

  • to run the same thing,

  • people think it’s credible.

  • So it becomes something that’s more accurately called

  • disinformation.

  • That's when intentionally false or misleading information

  • is planted in a way that would

  • make people believe it.

  • It was a technique masterminded by the Soviets,

  • and it's been fine-tuned

  • by the Chinese Communist Party.

  • This is the latest piece of disinformation:

  • A 5-page full color spread

  • published in the January 17th edition

  • of the Wall Street Journal.

  • Sure, it looks exactly like a bunch of news articles.

  • But it’s an advertisement.

  • You can tell by the small text at the bottom that says

  • Paid by the Xinhua News Agency”.

  • And because it’s selling us Xi Jinping’s vision

  • for a better world for all.

  • Yes, China has a plan for you, too.

  • That article also criticizes the US for it’s

  • sense of superiority and impatience.”

  • Another article on that page accuses Europe

  • of being fueled byrightist ideas.”

  • But if youre concerned about the Communist Party’s

  • anti-Western messages

  • being printed in the Wall Street Journal,

  • well, sure theyre in inside the Wall Street Journal,

  • but according to the Wall Street Journal,

  • theyre not in the Wall Street Journal.

  • I emailed their spokesperson,

  • who responded:

  • The Journal has run special advertising sections

  • and other traditional advertising from China Watch,

  • which are clearly labeled as such.

  • The Journal’s news organization is not involved.”

  • Basically,

  • if someone pays them to run an ad,

  • theyre not responsible for what it says.

  • As long as it's clearly labeled.

  • FYI, I also asked the Wall Street Journal

  • if they’d be willing to run a full-page ad

  • that praises Stalin.

  • Strangely, they did not respond.

  • And here’s one of the most interesting things

  • this 5-page Chineseadis selling:

  • Blasphemy That Masquerades as Art.

  • Yes, the Chinese Communist Party is a great art critic.

  • After all,

  • they spent decades eradicating traditional Chinese culture,

  • and twisting theater to its own political ends.

  • So they know a thing or two.

  • So what is this so-called

  • Blasphemy That Masquerades as Art

  • that Chinese state-run media is criticizing?

  • Why, it’s Shen Yun!

  • A dance company that state-run media

  • accuses of being linked to Falun Gong,

  • a.k.a. Falun Dafa.Well, I am shocked,

  • shocked to hear this terrible secret

  • that no one knows.

  • Except for the fact that Shen Yun

  • explicitly says this on its own website.

  • Yes, Shen Yun is:

  • "reviving 5,000 years of civilization"

  • "features the world's foremost classically trained dancers"

  • And look, it was

  • "established by Falun Dafa practitioners in 2006."

  • Whistle.

  • Blown.

  • What amazing investigative reporting

  • from Chinese state-run media.

  • If youve been watching China Uncensored for a while,

  • youve heard me talk about the Chinese regime’s

  • weird obsession with slandering Shen Yun.

  • And if this is new to you,

  • let me tell you why the Communist Party

  • sees this Chinese-American dance show

  • as such an enormous threat.

  • Falun Gong practitioners are the

  • people getting their organs harvested in China,

  • as punishment for doing this.

  • And this.

  • Such a threat to social harmony.

  • Like yoga.

  • And yetand this is true

  • the Chinese regime has spent billions of dollars

  • since the late ’90s

  • creating a global propaganda campaign

  • to slander Falun Gong.

  • Including by planting disinformation

  • in foreign newswire services like the Associated Press.

  • Anyway,

  • you can imagine that this latest

  • Chinese state-run media-slash-totally-not-Wall Street Journal article

  • does not speak highly of Shen Yun,

  • calling it full offar-fetched theme[s],”

  • that spare little effort in

  • demonizing the Chinese government.”

  • Hey,

  • demonizing the Chinese government is hard work.

  • Unfortunately for the Chinese Communist Party,

  • Shen Yun is actually really popular.

  • It plays to packed theaters every year

  • in hundreds of cities around the world.

  • I just saw their performance at New York’s Lincoln Center

  • last week.

  • It sold out four shows in a row.

  • What’s soblasphemousabout it?

  • Well, the show had about twenty dance and music numbers.

  • Most depicted cultural and historic things from China,

  • like a scene from Journey to the West.

  • But some of them also show an awareness of modern China.

  • One had a monk with awesome fighting skills

  • defending a Buddhist temple from being demolished

  • by Communist officials during the Cultural Revolution.

  • Another one showed Falun Gong practitioners

  • standing up to the Chinese regime’s persecution.

  • Imagine!

  • Using the arts to tell important stories.

  • What blasphemy.

  • Yes, according the article,

  • audiences get

  • assaulted with everything the Falun Gong propaganda arsenal

  • has to fire at them.”

  • Wow.

  • Let’s see what people assaulted with the Falun Gong propaganda arsenal

  • have to say.

  • I laughed, I cried

  • Colorful and vibrant and joyous.

  • The dancers - you guys are amazing!

  • Great experience.

  • Well worth it.

  • Why even a Wall Street Journal anchor

  • said she and her son enjoyed the show.

  • "…So I have him to thank

  • for introducing me to this beautiful culture."…

  • "Another good part

  • was when the monk's were fighting the Red Guards."

  • But for the Chinese regime,

  • Falun Gong is a third rail issue.

  • They hate it when people talk about it positively

  • because it rips apart their propaganda.

  • Like back in 2001 when the Wall Street Journal

  • won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the regime's persecution

  • of Falun Gong.

  • That was before the Communist Party

  • started paying the Wall Street Journal, though.

  • For years,

  • the Chinese Communist Party has gone to great lengths

  • to stop people from seeing Shen Yun.

  • Chinese embassies around the world

  • have written to theaters that hosting Shen Yun