US Has Lost All Moral Authority to Condemn China For Shutting Down “Apple Daily” News
July 1, 2021 (3mo ago)

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For twenty years after the handover of power from Britain to the People’s Republic, Hong Kong existed as a bastion of relative openness and liberty in China. Now, it’s all crashing down as Beijing aggressively imposes new controls on the territory. One of the latest dominoes to fall is the Apple Daily, a vocal anti-Beijing newspaper.

Hong Kong police arrested a senior journalist from the Apple Daily newspaper at the airport Sunday as he attempted to leave the city, four days after the paper’s forced closure, in the latest crackdown by Beijing under the sweeping new national security law.

Police confirmed in a statement to NBC News that a 57-year-old man had been arrested for “conspiring to collude with foreign countries or foreign sources to endanger national security” — a crime punishable by up to life in prison.

Police raided Apple Daily’s offices earlier this month, arresting five of its senior editors and executives, while also freezing financial accounts. The paper — one of Hong Kong’s most popular newspapers and a fierce China critic — published its final edition Thursday amid ever-deepening restrictions imposed by Beijing, following monthslong protests in 2019. [NBC News]

America’s leaders want to use Hong Kong to stoke conflict with China and score points at home. But they are doomed to fail, because America’s own leaders have embraced the same tactics they now want to condemn in Beijing. Just as Revolver warned early this year, thanks to its own hypocrisy, the corrupt ruling class of the Globalist American Empire  has destroyed its moral authority and by extension its power to exert any soft power influence over the people of other countries.

China’s Hong Kong crackdown is the exact sort of overseas domestic incident that America has, traditionally, loved to weigh in on. And this time was no exception. In mid-June, after the first Apple Daily arrests, department spokesman Ned Price issued a statement that has to be seen to be believed:

[W]e strongly condemn the arrests of five senior executives from Apple Daily and their parent company, Next Digital, and we call for their immediate release. We are deeply concerned by Hong Kong authorities’ selective use of the national security law to arbitrarily target independent media organizations. The charges of, quote, “collusion with a foreign country or with external elements to endanger national security” appear to be entirely politically motivated. We deplore the reported assertion by a Hong Kong police official that articles published in Apple Daily are evidence of what they call the, quote, “conspiracy to collude with foreign forces.” As we all know, exchanging views with foreigners in journalism should never be a crime. [State Dept.]

This wouldn’t be a bad statement… if it was 1986. But in 2021, to all except the most mindkilled partisans of the American regime, the doublethink and hypocrisy of Price’s statement is breathtaking.

The Biden Administration complains about “politically motivated” accusations of collusion with a foreign country, when just such a politically-motivated attack was the driving force of U.S. politics for the majority of Donald Trump’s presidency. They yelp about “selective” use of the law to target the independent press, when selective prosecutions are the heart of the nationwide 1/6 crackdown, and selective application of private Terms of Use agreements is the bedrock of mass political censorship on Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook. Selective and politically suspect prosecutions are why Roger Stone and Michael Flynn were terrorized by prosecutors for years on end, while Hillary Clinton and Hunter Biden perpetually evade accountability.

Price’s statement is a joke. This isn’t a free country objecting to the tyranny of another. It’s simply one empire of censorship and propaganda hypocritically trashing another.

And critically, in 2021, everyone knows it. China certainly does. In a commentary piece published last Friday in the People’s Daily Online, Chinese state media bluntly told the Globalist American Empire to cut out the hypocrisy.

There has never been such a thing as absolute press freedom. As a matter of fact, those Western countries that are trying to disparage China have strict regulations on the production of news, as well as red lines on freedom of speech or press. Some are even intensifying their restrictions. … In fact, what those Western countries intend to do by repeatedly absolving Apple Daily of blame is to stoke chaos in Hong Kong, and pressure China. When they are crying for “media freedom,” they are actually worrying about losing a tool to destabilize Hong Kong and contain China. [People’s Daily]

An editorial in the Global Times was even more blunt in its rhetoric. The paper’s editors expressly pointed toward the massive crackdown on Parler after elites opportunistically blamed it for the January 6 Capitol intrusion. China’s crackdown on the Apple Daily, the paper said, was much less blatant, intrusive, and overreaching than the censorship practices that are now the norm in 2021 America:

Apple Daily started two years before Hong Kong’s return to China in 1997. Gradually, the newspaper became the base camp of public opinion that mobilized resistance in Hong Kong to function by the spirit of the Basic Law, and promoted Hong Kong to act in collusion with the China policies of countries like the US and the UK. The outlet has greatly exceeded the information function of the media and turned into a political revolt-seeker. It has been stirring up trouble and running in the frontline in Hong Kong’s growing political turmoil.

No Western country would allow the existence of such a hub that manipulates public opinion to counter constitutional system of the country. Any media outlet that has gained inciting power to oppose the mainstream will not be spared. For example, after former US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account was permanently shut down, his supporters gathered on the app Parler, which was banned for good.

We have to point out that Trump’s account and Parler pose much less of a constitutional challenge to the US than what Apple Daily posed to Hong Kong’s constitutional system. The former is a deviation, while the latter is blatant confrontation. The “silencing” of Trump reflects the extent to which anti-establishment dissent is truly tolerated in the US. [Global Times]

The Globalist American Empire can fume in response. They can whine, and nitpick all the reasons that Parler and the 1/6 protesters are different and more dangerous than Apple Daily. The Washington Post can run shrill op-eds about how freedom was “murdered” in Hong Kong. But no matter how much they shriek, one thing can’t be changed: The Global Times is right. America’s ruling regime, the fusion of federal bureaucracy and its corporate fellow-travelers, has used many of the same tactics it now condemns in China, often with even less justification. Apple Daily was, at least, a newspaper critical of Beijing. Parler was just a website popular with conservatives that circumvented Twitter’s biased , and that alone meant it had to be destroyed.

With U.S. economic and military dominance waning, the Washington regime thinks it can rely on American soft power, its moral authority as a beacon of liberty and democracy against despotic foreign regimes.

But in its zealotry, intolerance, and greed for power, the Globalist American Empire has gutted its own soft power. It has embraced hypocrisy and the cynical use of power. Now, it wants to turn back time and pretend to be what it has just murdered. But the entire world saw what happened. The Global Times editorial ends with a direct call-out of the gross double standard the Biden Administration wants to enforce.

“Western intervention in Apple Daily’s shutdown is pale and weak. The intervention has also completely lost its moral force. It’s a manifestation of the hypocrisy of the West’s value system. The West is facing an increasing number of problems. They prioritize national interests at home, but demand the so-called “universal value” be put above all outside their countries. Such increasing incoherence will tear apart their hypocritical morality.

Last February, Revolver warned that Washington’s mass crackdown in response to 1/6 would gut its credibility and, in the long run, fatally undermine its attempt to project moral authority abroad.

America’s intensified censorship regime … has substantially undermined if not entirely evaporated America’s “moral authority.” The significance of this cannot be overstated. Saying that America has relinquished its moral authority is not to say that America has always operated morally from an objective point of view. Rather, it means America has shed the ability to even selectively or cynically claim the moral high ground for geopolitical purposes. The presumption of goodwill, which America routinely enjoyed during and after the Cold War as a champion of liberal democracy, has entirely evaporated.

We already see the effect of America’s newly upgraded censorship regime, coupled with its crackdown on pro-Trump demonstrators, on America’s ability to project propaganda in favor of Hong Kong’s protestors. After the crackdown, China’s state-run Global Times published a condemnation of American “digital hegemony” and called for tech companies to respect national sovereignty online. In other words, China signaled to the world that it supports letting governments handle their own populations, while America might use big tech to interfere at any time.

The more the American Regime clamps down on its citizens domestically, the less ability it has to weaponize its alleged “moral high-ground” to advance its interests abroad. While such a decline in “moral authority” would be a problem for any regime, it is uniquely and perhaps even existentially so for the United States. More than any other country in history, the United States leans on its alleged moral superiority as an instrument of power. Terms like “human rights,” “equality,” “fair elections,” and “freedom of speech” are not simply ideals to aspire to. They are weapons often cynically deployed against target regimes that have resources America want. [Revolver]

All that we’ve warned of is coming to pass. America no longer has the economic dominance to boss China around at will. Its military is overstretched from fighting useless wars and trying to be the world’s traffic cop. Its dysfunctional families, drug epidemics, inequality, and racial traumas mean that America no longer offers a “way of life” that other nations automatically aspire to. And now, America’s ruling regime has shed one of America’s last advantages, the soft power of being the world’s most genuinely free major power.

And just like all the other ways America has decayed in recent years, this shift was no accident. America didn’t “lose” its moral authority. Its leaders threw it away to benefit themselves. And until America has new leaders who actually respect the rights of the people they rule, that moral authority will not be coming back.

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Guest
2 months ago

Our government would just Spy on them and sick their IRS and FBI goon squads on these peasants!

Guest
2 months ago

and that’s not ok at all it must stop.. Don’t ever accept it fight it..

Guest
2 months ago

NaziChop talking to himself again.

Libertas
2 months ago

Do you know difference between the US and China? I don't either.

Guest
2 months ago

China has cleaner cities and MUCH better public transit

Guest
2 months ago

And Hitler made the trains run on time in Germany. Until he destroyed the whole country.

Guest
2 months ago

Was it Hitler that destroyed Germany? I seem to recall it differently. I seem to remember it was the US in alliance with the soviet communists that destroyed Germany. But who knows maybe Hitler did it.

Guest
2 months ago

America is now getting EXACTLY what it deserves for siding with the godless Soviets AND empowering international jewry. Germany was right. Just look at what has become of all the allied nations in the wake of WWII. It's a disgrace to the creator. Our leaders and the people that support them need to go.

Guest
2 months ago

Germany looked the other way when Hitler began to mass murder his own citizens. Didn't matter what their ethnic or religion background was, he murdered German citizens first, and then invaded other countries, which he had no right to do. So of course those other countries fought back in self-defense. Germany got what was coming to her for condoning evil. Just like America will if we don't kick out of office every leftist Democrat and RINO in D.C.

Guest
2 months ago

You are RETARDED.

Guest
2 months ago

Zionist Racist jew Nazi Alert!

Guest
2 months ago

You lie.

Guest
2 months ago

Ken, Cassel, and Phil are all racist Nazichop.

Guest
2 months ago

You are a Racist, Zionist jew Nazi PIG.

Guest
2 months ago

You're an unsaved hellbound fool, NaziChop.

WhiteAmerican
2 months ago

Ok Boomer. Hitler saved Germany from (((Bankster))) capitalists and judeo-Bolsheviks. It is easy enough to study the historic links between wallstreet and communism, are you so blind you can’t see it continue to this day? What is woke-capitalism? Eventually you’ll realize you are being lied to, will it be too late?

Guest
2 months ago

Standing up to the international web of terrorists and fighting against the White traitor nations that ganged up in mob against Germany, Adolf Hitler and the NSDAP had balls the size of Jupiter. Their mistake was, they were too kind.

Guest
2 months ago

I was in the market for new eyeglasses. I went to a neighborhood store and looked through their assortment of lenses. Every single pair that I picked up said "Made In China" on the frames. I walked out of the store. Guess I'll try somewhere else but it will probably be the same story.

Guest
2 months ago

Wow. When American companies can't or won't produce something as simple as eyeglass frames anymore we are doomed economically.

Guest
2 months ago

Let us know if you're successful in finding Made In America eyeglass frames. I'm curious.

Jilli
2 months ago

Your best bet is eBay. You can also save a bundle by buying designer frames there first, take them to an eyeglass store, get a cheap promo eye exam, then have them fit the new lenses into your far cheaper frames.

WhiteAmerican
2 months ago

China is a country ruled by Chinese for the benefit of the Chinese. America is a country ruled by Jews for the benefit of Israel. It is time to restore America to what our Founders intended; a country for Whites ruled by Whites.

Guest
2 months ago

This is the way. For all White nations.

Guest
2 months ago

There are no "all white nations" anymore, NaziChop. What planet do you live on?

Guest
2 months ago

What moral authority? They never had any to begin with.

Guest
2 months ago

Tiannamin Square, anyone?

Guest
2 months ago

January 6th protestors were equal to that Chinese man who stood in front of that tank in that square.

Guest
2 months ago

The courage and bravery of the Tank Man was far above the display of any of the protestors on 1/6 from an objective point of view. No one on 1/6 risked their lives standing in front of a line of tanks and they were all acting as a part of a mob. The bravery of the Tank Man to stand in front of a line of tanks on the street ALONE cannot be understated and it is truly an epic moment of history that will be remembered because of that.

Guest
2 months ago

I think he was later executed. Just like Ashli Babbit.

Guest
2 months ago

She was even bolder than Tank Man. Got closer to the target. His was just a symbolic gesture. Hers was to demand a fair election outcome to the people in charge who had corrupted the process just to get rid of outsider Trump.

Guest
2 months ago

Not sure she has too many counterparts who would be brave enough to try and climb through that window. Not even Darren Beattie or anyone else at Revolver News.

Guest
2 months ago

Right. They like sitting behind computers safe and warm and protected.

Guest
2 months ago

Truth. Cowardly Commentators. Easy, cushy lives.

Guest
2 months ago

Sad.

Guest
2 months ago

Says the idiot typing at a computer, nice and safe.

Guest
2 months ago

Women are supposed to be protected by men. Not attacked and in Ashli's case murdered. So get off your high horse, NaziChop. You are not superior, you are Satanic hellbound garbage.

Guest
2 months ago

You are living in the 20th century you pathetic dinosaur. Jew feminism killed your entitlement to anything, including living.

Guest
2 months ago

You are living in your warped, diseased brain while incarcerated in a mental ward. Poor NaziChop.

Guest
2 months ago

You are totally ridiculous.

Guest
2 months ago

You're a bore, NaziChop. Couldn't even leave your padded cell to enjoy the fireworks with a family, who all deserted you because of your innate nastiness and constant Satanic lies. Still hung out in this lame board because you have no life outside of it.

Guest
2 months ago

Big Tech may have finally crossed the Rubicon, I canceled my twitter account long ago. I cancelled both Facebook and Google accounts last year.

Now with the tech fascists meddling in politics, every nation has a good excuse/reason to restrict or out right ban these companies. Big Tech, die quicker!ak

Guest
2 months ago

Anyone with a passing knowledge of Communism can instantly recognize what is happening in DC.
The Left uses the same words as Communists. Instigator, insurrectionist, traitor. Colluding for foreign powers and such words to brand political enemies. They are soon cut from society, means of earing a wage threatened or arrested. Political leaders are hounded by the media. Investigated without end. Need i mention what is happening in our schools?
This decline of America is exactly what is planned by the Western Left. They dont care about China really. Or other horrors in the world. This is all about burning down THIS America and gaining Power.

Guest
2 months ago

We have a gutless and corrupt press, including the old-school conservative press (National Review, Fox). Gutless senate. Aimless White House. The most gutless bunch of heads of state all over Europe (Hungary and Poland notable exceptions). Mostly gutless GOP. Gutless + preening corporate class, who have no allegiance to the nation that facilitated their wealth.
WHY wouldn't the likes of Beijing and Moscow look at in wonderment at our shameless nihilism. The spoiled West – we are fools worthy of ridicule by more serious nations

Guest
2 months ago

Chairman Winnie the Pooh is about to lose.

Guest
2 months ago

I'm a huge fan of Beattie, but he dropped the ball at the end of this piece.

"…until America has new leaders who actually respect the rights of the people they rule…"

This premise that "leaders rule us" in America is exactly the premise that the left wants everyone to believe. And for now, its unfortunately a reality, too. But the original design is "government" (not rulers) of the people, by the people, and for the people. This is supposed to be the fundamental difference between us and CCP…and from CCP's perspective this would be the foundation of any moral authority for them to perceive. Until we get back to the original design, we are truly hosed. Big time.

Dave Grenier
2 months ago

Even the term (although not used here) "self-government" Is misunderstood. People have been taught it means we elect people to govern us (and those people, in turn meddle in the affairs of others in our names). But it actually means we're supposed to govern ourselves, without the interference of government. The business of government is government (facilitating the flow of interstate commerce, defending the country, conducting diplomacy with foreign countries, etc.), the business of the people is their own.

Guest
2 months ago

Abraham Lincoln murdered all that. Time for a new plan.

Guest
2 months ago

Well, demographic replacement will ensure that you do not return to the original plan. Time to come up with a new plan.

Guest
2 months ago

There really are only two fundamental options: government by the people with a body of law that rules – or – being ruled by others, whether fully centralized like in China, or whether law of the jungle where everyone eventually goes subserviant, or anything in between.

I favor option one.

Guest
2 months ago

You are truly hosed. You are being replaced. There is no returning to the eighteenth century. You need to grow up really fast.

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