Cruz blasts WHCA for allowing reporter with ties to Chinese Communist Govt at briefings

Tuesday, Senator Ted Cruz called the presence of a reporter with Pro-Chinese government ties at press briefings “disgraceful and reckless.”

Cruz tweeted:

In 2018 I warned @FCC about Phoenix TV a nominally “private” company long financially controlled by China state-owned enterprises. It’s disgraceful & reckless they have a seat at WH press briefings as China wages a propaganda campaign to cover up its role in .

and ended a tweet thread with:

So to recap, the WH Correspondents Assoc gave a seat at the WH press briefing to an employee of the Chinese Communist govt, to ask globally televised Qs to POTUS, at the same time China is waging a propaganda campaign to hide their culpability & coverup of the Wuhan virus?!?

Here is Cruz’s full letter.

Per DailyCaller a reporter from a Hong Kong outlet aligned with the Communist Party of China is a member of the White House Foreign Press Group and has rotating access to White House press briefings.

That is how the Phoenix TV reporter was able to push pro-Beijing talking points, touting Chinese aid to other countries, during the White House coronavirus task force’s press briefing on Monday. Her question prompted President Donald Trump to question if she was working for China.

China Wise International Limited, a subsidiary of a Chinese government-run bank, owns a minority stake in the media company, according to Phoenix TV’s 2018 interim report.

The Hoover Institution, a public policy think tank at Stanford University, describes Phoenix TV as a “quasi-official” news outlet with links to China’s Ministry of State Security.

Richard Latendresse, a Canadian journalist who serves as the White House Foreign Press Group’s secretary, told the Daily Caller News Foundation in an email that the Phoenix TV reporter is a member of the organization with rotating access to the foreign press’s seat for press briefings.

“The Phoenix TV reporter in question is a member of the White House Correspondents Association. As a result, she became a member of the White House Foreign Press Group because she not only is a member of the WHCA, but also has a ‘hard pass’ to be in the White House Briefing Room that was granted to her by the current administration,” Latendresse said.

“This reporter is therefore part of our regular rotation of members who have access to our seat during press briefings in the White House,” he added. “There are usually about two dozen of our members who have access to that one seat. During this time of social distancing, only nine are opting to physically attend the briefings.”

Meanwhile, per TCO, the WH Correspondent’s association recently removed OANN reporter Chanel Rion from their briefing rotation for allegedly violating social distancing guidelines.

Rion contested the reason for his dismissal given by the WHCA on Twitter.