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While failing CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell suggested the NBA was in a “free speech dispute with China,” the facts of the matter showed the league was perfectly fine with cracking down on free speech targeting the murderous communist state. In back to back nights, the NBA ejected peaceful advocates for democracy and freedom in Hong Kong from games here in the U.S.
Despite the NBA doing the bidding of the communists, the liberal broadcast networks blacked it out from their flagship morning and evening newscasts on Wednesday and Thursday.
At a Philadelphia 76ers game Tuesday night, “A fan of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers was removed from a preseason game against a Chinese team after he held signs and chanted in solidarity with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong,” CNN reported. The fan was also wearing a “free Hong Kong” t-shirt.
Then on Wednesday, more fans wearing “free Hong Kong” shirts had their sign taken away while at a pre-season game between the Washington Wizards and the Guangzhou Loong Lions, a Chinese team. “Another fan, Jon Schweppe, decided to leave when security tossed his sign that said, ‘Google Uyghurs,’ referring to a Muslim ethnic group who US officials say are the victims of human rights abuses in China,” the New York Post reported.
Neither ABC News, CBS News, or NBC News covered these events during their morning or evening newscasts. It’s particularly disappointing for NBC since they wrote up an article about the second incident and posted it online. And, as NewsBusters had previously pointed out, ABC has been extremely reluctant to report on Chinese censorship because their parent company, Disney, was in bed with the communists. They even needed China to approve their acquisition of Fox.