The NBA’s decision to side with China after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted an image “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong” last Friday has caused a national stir.
Rockets player James Harden and teammate Russell Westbrook apologized for Morey’s statement saying “We apologize. We love China.”
The NBA then released the following statement:
We recognize that the views expressed by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey have deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China, which is regrettable. While Daryl has made it clear that his tweet does not represent the Rockets or the NBA, the values of the league support individuals’ educating themselves and sharing their views on matters important to them. We have great respect for the history and culture of China and hope that sports and the NBA can be used as a unifying force to bridge cultural divides and bring people together.
Everyday Americans have not been so apologetic to the Communist regime, however.
At a pre-season game between the Washington Wizards and the Guangzhou Long Lions, several attendees protested in favor of Hong Kong demonstrators.
One individual, Jon Schweppe had his “Free Hong Kong” sign confiscated during the basketball game.
— Jon Schweppe (@JonSchweppe) October 9, 2019
Another individual, Patrick Hedger, a research fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, held up a sign in protest during the national anthem before the game started.
He screamed “Free Hong Kong!” and followed up by yelling “We will not bow down to Communist oppression!” as the national anthem played.
At the end of the Chinese national anthem and during the silence before the singing of the Star Spangled Banner, a protestor screams “Free Hong Kong!” while holding a sign. He walks out of the arena peacefully, followed by an usher. pic.twitter.com/H9JrZHb9FO
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) October 9, 2019
This NBA incident could be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for many Americans in waking up to the rising threat of China.
Fresh off of celebrating its 70th anniversary, the Chinese regime is trying to whitewash its track record of democide and oppression. Although it made some market reforms in the 1980s, the country still remains politically repressive and engages in trade practices that harm American interests.
Corporations bowing down to Chinese censorship show how much power the Chinese Communist Party has these days. D.C. policymakers must work to contain China’s growing influence by re-negotiating trade agreements and putting more pressure on the communist country to comply with international law.
Fox News Ratings Crater, Trailing CNN and MSNBC for First Time in 21 Years
A brutal collapse over the past two-and-a-half months.
Recent data from Nielsen shows that Fox News finished behind both CNN and MSNBC in ratings to open the month of January.
This is the first time in twenty-one years that that has happened, according to Daily Wire.
Nielsen’s ratings data shows that CNN finished number one among cable news networks with approximately 2.8 million viewers per day from January 4 through January 10, including 4.2 million in primetime.
MSNBC came in second with 2.3 million viewers per day and 3.8 million in primetime. And in third was Fox News with 1.7 million viewers per day and 3.2 million in primetime.
This is tough data for the conservative-leaning network. Over the past couple decades Fox has become accustomed to completely dominating the ratings, oftentimes receiving more viewership than CNN and MSNBC combined. Several factors contribute to the fall of Fox, including but not limited to:
- The death of Roger Ailes in 2017 and subsequent changes in network leadership
- Their disastrous Election Night coverage on November 3
- Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden
- An ostensible effort to distance themselves from Trump
- A real or perceived softening of their conservatism in general
- Trump’s public irritation with the network, to the point of telling people to migrate over to Newsmax and One America News Network (OANN)
Fox News has recently announced lineup changes as well. This is standard practice in the cable news industry and may not have much to do with their suffering ratings, though there’s a likely possibility that it does. Fox will be adding an hour-long opinion show in place of Martha MacCallum’s news show “The Story,” which had fallen behind both CNN and MSNBC’s 7pm timeslots after a stretch of being “comfortably ahead in ratings.” The network will also shuffle some of their daytime lineup.
As Joe Biden works through his first 100 days as president, it will be interesting to see how Fox News continues to perform, not only in comparison with CNN and MSNBC, but also with OANN and Newsmax.
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