Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said in order to defeat Chinese propaganda, the U.S. has to win a communications war.
Gingrich penned a column on Wednesday saying that Americans underestimate the “scale, intensity, and aggressiveness of the Chinese dictatorship’s approach to propaganda.”
He said the U.S. needs a worldwide communications effort that would “counter and overmatch the Chinese Communist dictatorship’s lies.”
He said the Chinese Communist dictatorship continues to spread a worldwide campaign to hide its part in the spread of the coronavirus and “smother any American effort to reveal the truth.”
“The Chinese Communist dictatorship invests far more money, talent, and energy into defining and winning propaganda campaigns,” he said. “It knows that if it can define the truth, it can determine the outcome even against stronger opponents. It also knows that defining the terms of the debate often determines who will win the debate.”
China has even promoted a campaign blaming the United States for the spread of the coronavirus.
“The brazenness of the lies gives them a life of their own and erodes the American position,” he said.
In order to defeat Chinese propaganda, Gingrich said the U.S. needs to launch its own communications effort.
“If we are going to win the competition with the Chinese Communist dictatorship over the next half century or more (and it is likely to be longer and more sophisticated than the Cold War with the Soviet Union) we are going to have to invent a new series of institutions and create a new series of rules for winning the communication war,” he said. “Today, the American government’s bureaucracies are literally incapable of getting approval for messages inside the cycle of China’s lies. The result is a one-sided propaganda war. For the sake of American survival, we must do better.”
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