California Gov. Gavin Newsom praised the “journalistic integrity” of a news outlet that reportedly has ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and was recently designated a foreign agent by the Justice Department.
According to a recent federal filing, the Department of Justice concluded that Sing Tao, which publishes newspapers in New York and California, must register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
From the Axios reports:
The DOJ ruled that Sing Tao’s brand of journalism “constitutes political activity for purposes of the FARA.” The company’s American operations are a subsidiary of its Hong Kong-based parent.
On Monday, The Washington Free Beacon reported:
Newsom had spoken earlier this month at the newspaper’s annual gala.
The Democrat praised Sing Tao for its supposed “journalistic integrity” and for providing readers with “balanced news stories,” according to the report.
In a Fox News report:
Newsom said in comments addressed to editor Joseph Leung, “Joseph, your work has been a labor of service — not only to the Chinese American community throughout the Bay Area but all throughout Northern California community as well.”
He said, “I want to commend you and your incredible staff, your leadership team at Sing Tao Daily for your dedication to journalistic integrity and for providing balanced news stories to Chinese Americans and beyond.”
Radio Free Asia’s comments alluded to the news organization’s ties to the Chinese Communist Party.
It is a “fairly open secret that it is an underground CCP organization,” Joseph Long, a former assistant editor in chief for Hong Kong’s pro-China Commercial Daily said.
He said, “Based on my understanding of the CCP system and Sing Tao, I can say with certainty that some people who have taken on the functions of the United Front Work Department also do United Front work among the Chinese community in the United States.”
#recallgavinnewsom has just as many ties to China as does Biden…Newsom is pure scandal and wrong for CA. He has abused every citizen of this state! This is not political this is about Incompetence! https://t.co/w3JsmJWB29
— @ralphieboy (@Realralphieboy) August 30, 2021
Radio Free Asia said two members of the news organization’s board are members of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, which advises the National People’s Congress.
In its reporting on the news organization, the Free Beacon noted that Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has praised the publication and taken out ads in it as well, as has Democratic Rep. Grace Meng of New York.
Chesa Boudin, the district attorney of San Francisco, also reportedly spoke at the Sing Tao gala.
Our campaign has been endorsed by Sing Tao Daily San Francisco, the largest circulation Chinese language paper in the Bay Area.
— Chesa Boudin 博徹思 (@chesaboudin) October 17, 2019
Newsom is facing a recall election on Sept. 14.