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VIDEO: NBA Official Censors China Questions During Houston Rockets Press Conference

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On Thursday, a Houston Rockets media relations official cut off a reporter’s questions to NBA stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook during a growing controversy involving the NBA and China.

Alykhan Bijani, a Houston Rockets reporter for The Athletic, posted a video on Twitter of CNN’s Christina Macfarlane probing Harden and Westbrook. She asked them specifically if they “would feel differently about speaking out” about foreign policy issues in the future because of the backlash they received this week. Numerous NBA players and coaches appeared distraught when answering China-related questions, which President Trump correctly attacked them for.

Although Harden and Westbrook looked like they were ready to awkwardly respond to the journalist’s questions, the spokesperson intervened immediately and informed Macfarlane that only basketball questions were going to be allowed. The spokesperson added that the question was already answered earlier this week, which provoked a response from Macfarlane saying that it was a “legitimate question.”

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The NBA-China drama started when Rockets general manager Daryl Morey made a tweet in support of protesters in Hong Kong. This topic has been occupying Harden’s attention throughout the week and he claims that Morey’s tweet hasn’t been a distraction, according to a report from The Athletic.

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“It’s not a distraction,” Harden said Tuesday. “We’re focusing on our team and getting better. We’re glad to see Russ [Westbrook] back out there on the basketball court. Our sole focus is on the Rockets and how we can get better every single day.”

Harden apologized to China for Morey’s tweet earlier this week.

“We apologize. You know, we love China. We love playing there. For both of us, individually, we go there once or twice a year. They show us the most important love,” he stated. “We appreciate them as a fan base. We love everything there about them, and we appreciate the support that they give us individually and as [an] organization.”

In Thursday’s news conference, Macfarlane also asked coach Mike D’Antoni if he had anything to say to Chinese fans who may have been disappointed by the NBA’s response to Morey’s tweet.

“You know what, it’s a tough situation,” D’Antoni claimed. “It’s very difficult. Adam Silver speaks for the NBA. I work for the NBA. I go with Adam…Commissioner Silver will do the right thing. You can’t answer questions like that because you’re wrong no matter what. I’m here to speak basketball. Talk basketball. Whatever I say is not right…I coach basketball, I’m not a diplomat or around the world.”

The NBA’s recent drama goes beyond a corporate messaging squabble. It raises questions about the influence China potentially has over U.S. corporations, and by extension, U.S. culture.

China recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of its modern-day founding, which has been filled with mass murder and totalitarianism. Although, the country made pragmatic economic reforms in the 1980s, it still lags behind in terms of political reforms. Additionally, China’s trade practices raise questions about its faithfulness to international law and its overall intentions as a geopolitical actor.

For that reason, Donald Trump’s election has made America reconsider U.S.-China trade relations and find a way to reform trade between the two countries so that both countries benefit and not have to worry about the unintended consequences of poorly-constructed trade deals.

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Woke Leftists Upset Over Christian Organzation Setting Up Hospital for Coronavirus Patients

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Samaritan’s Purse, a charitable Christian organization that helps the poor and sick all over the world, has setup a temporary tent hopsital in New York City.

Most see this as an all around positive, but not radical LGBTQ activists and their allies.

Some Leftists in New York have complained of the organization’s traditional Christian beliefs on sexuality. They claim to believe that Samaritan’s Purse might treat LGBTQ patients with less consideration or care.

This nonsensical narrative reached Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s office, who has also now expressed concern. DeBlasio said,

I said immediately to my team that we had to find out ­exactly what was happening. Was there going to be an approach that was truly consistent with the values [of] New York City?

We’re going to send people over from [my] office to monitor. I’m very concerned to make sure this is done right. But if it is done right, of course, we need all the help we can get.

Samaritan’s Purse and its workers have done everything from risking their lives to serve Ebola patients in Africa to helping after tornadoes here in the states. They have also already been dealing with coronavirus in Italy, giving them much needed experience.

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They are exactly who you want to show up in a time like this. The combination of experience, compassion, and dedication they have is very hard to match.

And no, they do not discrimate based on sexuality. They never have and there is no indication they ever will.

To suggest that they need to be monitored or that New York should be worried about their presense is not only unwarranted, it’s insulting.

DeBlasio is taking advantage of Samaritan’s Purse because he knows they, unlike him, are not utter degenerates. He knows that Samaritan’s Purse will do everything they can to help, despite knowing they are hated by the Mayor and his ilk.

This whole incident shows that Bill DeBlasio is a weak effiminate man who is more concerned with his public imagine than saving lives. He will accept the help, but insult those helpers, all while pretending he has displayed some sort of virtue.

This is outright bigotry, disguised with smooth talk.

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