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NBC Actually Covers Uyghur Genocide, But Breezes Over China’s Forced Abortions

by | Feb 8, 2022

By Geoffrey Dickens 

After NBC News’s morning and evening shows spent only 12 minutes, 22 seconds (in a year) on China’s horrific genocide of the Uyghurs, NBC actually managed to equal that coverage of the Uyghurs in just one night and morning of their Beijing Olympics coverage. So far, job well done on that front. 

Beginning with NBC Sports’s Thursday primetime coverage (led by host Mike Tirico) and through NBC’s Today show Friday morning coverage of the Opening Ceremony, correspondents and panelists managed a total of 12 minutes and 40 seconds talking about the Uyghur crisis.

On February 2, Media Research Center President L. Brent Bozell called on NBC to “devote significant on-air reporting to telling the truth” about Communist China’s genocide against Uyghur Muslims, as well as the country’s “egregious response” to COVID-19 and other human rights outrages.

There was sober discussion of China’s “massive program of social engineering” of “forced assimilation,” “suppression of culture,” “forced labor” and “coercive birth control practices” against the Uyghurs. 

 It should be noted there was also the perfunctory passing along of the official Chinese line. Guest panelist and former The Wall Street Journal China editor Andy Browne dutifully noted: “It has to be said that the Chinese government emphatically denies all of this. They say that accusations of genocide are the ‘lie of the century.’”

The Uyghur situation became impossible to ignore once it was learned that an actual Uyghur athlete was tabbed to light the Olympic cauldron. Today co-host Savannah Guthrie relayed: “This moment is quite provocative. It’s a statement from the Chinese President Xi Jinping, to choose an athlete from the Uyghur minority. It is an in-your-face response to those western nations, including the U.S., who have called this Chinese treatment of that group genocide.”


There were other moments in the coverage that sounded like they were cribbed from a Chi-Com’s propaganda booklet. One particularly sickening moment came during Friday’s opening ceremony. 

As little children in snowflake-decorated snowsuits danced in the center of the stadium, Today co-host Savannah Guthrie gushed that the imagery was “heavy with meaning.” To which guest panelist Yale professor Jing Tsu responded with a gross glossing over of China’s forced sterilization/abortion policies as she called it “beautiful, poignant, heartwarming,” adding: “For more than four decades, China had a one-child policy. Last year, the country had its lowest birthrate in five years. The country has always relied on its reservoir of human labor for its economic miracle but now continuous population growth is posing a challenge.” 

Editor’s note. This appeared at Newsbusters and is reposted with permission.

Categories: Media Bias