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June 26, 1998

Networks Continue to Ignore News Broken by Newspapers on Chinagate

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Alexandria, Va. -- Network television news has virtually ignored four different newspaper revelations about the Chinagate scandal, all as President Clinton prepared to make the first presidential visit to Beijing since the Tiananmen Square massacre.

"Newspapers are breaking story after story but the networks are ignoring them. The public -- which gets most of its news from television -- is going uninformed about arming China with missile technology while the Clinton Administration accepted illegal donations from China's military," said Media Research Center Chairman Brent Bozell.

The following disclosures, revealed in next week's issue of MediaWatch, were ignored:

June 13: "For the past two years, China's military has relied on American-made satellites sold for civilian purposes to transmit messages to its far-flung army garrisons, according to highly classified intelligence reports" (Jeff Gerth, New York Times). Zero network coverage.

June 16: "China is discussing sales of missile test equipment to Iran and is helping Libya develop its own missile program. ... The reports contradict administration claims that Beijing has improved its record on weapons proliferation: (Bill Gertz, Washington Times). Zero network coverage.

June 18: New York Times' Gerth reports the U.S. was backing down on a large satellite deal due to "American intelligence reports about Shen Rongjun, the Chinese Army General who oversees his country's military satellite programs. ... In an unusual arrangement, Hughes Space and Communications hired General Shen's son, a dual citizen of Canada and China, to work on the project as manager." Zero network coverage.

June 20: The Washington Post reports on Johnny Chung's allegation that Democratic National Committee officials knew they were accepting illegal Chinese money. One story on CNN, 19 seconds on CBS, nothing on NBC or ABC.


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