Amazon, Obama Press Secretary, Worked With Chinese Communists to Promote Their Propaganda to Americans
Move fast, break everything.
Amazon partnered with an arm of China's propaganda apparatus to create a selling portal on the company's U.S. site, Amazon.com – a project that came to be known as China Books.
Which still exists.
Now this wasn't a domestic propaganda operation, but Amazon was working with the Communists to promote Chinese Communist disinformation aimed at Americans. And that's a company whose boss owns the Washington Post which keeps accusing conservatives of working with foreign enemies and claiming that they need to be censored because of "disinformation".
The 2018 briefing document spells out the strategic stakes of the China Books project for Jay Carney, the global head of Amazon's lobbying and public-policy operations, ahead of a trip he took to Beijing.
Jay Carney, also known as Obama's former press secretary.
"The key element to safeguard" against its license problem with the Chinese government "is the Chinabooks project," the document stated.
The document also noted: "Amazon.com/China books project has also gained wide recognition among Chinese regulators."
This is Amazon specifically trading its ability to do business in China for pushing Chinese Communist propaganda to Americans.
How bad was this propaganda?
One book extols life in Xinjiang, where United Nations experts have said China interned one million ethnic Uyghurs in a network of camps. The book – "Incredible Xinjiang: Stories of Passion and Heritage" – discusses an online comedy show situated in the region. The book quotes an actor who plays a Uyghur "country bumpkin" saying that ethnicity is "not a problem" there. That echoes the position of Beijing, which has denied mistreating minority groups.
Some books portray China's battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan, in heroic terms. One is titled "Stories of Courage and Determination: Wuhan in Coronavirus Lockdown." Another begins with commentary from Xi: "Our success to date has once again demonstrated the strengths of CPC (the Communist Party of China) leadership and Chinese socialism."
And the obedience of their Democrat Big Tech servants in America.
But all of this does put a whole new spin on Carney's Communist decor.
White House press secretary Jay Carney has Soviet propaganda posters displayed in his kitchen.
In a Washingtonian MOM profile piece released Friday, photos show Carney and his wife, ABC news correspondent Claire Shipman, and their two children, living in a home decorated with Soviet art.