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house Bill H.R. 5336

Should Propaganda Entities (Like Confucius Institutes) Have to Register as Foreign Agents?

Argument in favor

Confucius Institutes are clearly an arm of the Chinese government’s Ministry of Education, and have been explicitly touted as “propaganda” by Chinese government officials. As such, they should be required to register under FARA to provide the public with transparency about their funding sources and the pro-Chinese Communist Party agenda they’re advancing.

Phillip's Opinion
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10/16/2018
Yes. Domestic and foreign. So Fox News can be brought to account
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Christine's Opinion
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10/16/2018
Something also needs to be done about domestic propaganda. Fox ‘News’ is extremely slanted and encourages fear and distrust among its viewers.
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Kasey's Opinion
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10/16/2018
Just common sense! Propaganda of any sort should not be allowed and groups who do spread propaganda should register and be known.
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Argument opposed

Confucius Institutes help U.S. colleges and universities diversify students’ educations with Chinese language and culture instruction that they don’t have the resources to provide on their own. They are no different from European cultural exchange institutions, and shouldn’t be required to register under FARA, since European institutions aren’t required to do so.

Jim2423's Opinion
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10/16/2018
Not until our own propaganda programs are also needed to register. Such as FOX News, CNN, etc.
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Coquelicot-Baron's Opinion
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10/16/2018
Where will we draw the line, then? It's all a matter of perspective here, right? What about RT, Sputnik, Fox, or CNN? Everyone's got an agenda here. This seems like it's singling out the Chinese for some reason...
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Geoff's Opinion
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10/16/2018
This is ridiculous. How about all of the republicans secretly working for foreign governments that bow down to Trump? How about Trump and his properties in foreign countries?
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    Yes. Domestic and foreign. So Fox News can be brought to account
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    Not until our own propaganda programs are also needed to register. Such as FOX News, CNN, etc.
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    Something also needs to be done about domestic propaganda. Fox ‘News’ is extremely slanted and encourages fear and distrust among its viewers.
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    Just common sense! Propaganda of any sort should not be allowed and groups who do spread propaganda should register and be known.
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    We should also pass something like the Fairness Doctrine that we used to have that gave the FCC the regulatory teeth to make the media tell the Truth.
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    Propaganda comes from within and abroad... Dark money anyone? Transparency should be the law of the land.
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    Yes, I would also love for all new organizations, domestic and foreign, to disclose their donors. While we’re at it, why don’t we create an easy and accesible platform that discloses donors for both news organizations and public officials. Transparency is an important aspect of democracy.
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    I’m in agreement that Confucius Institutes are clearly an arm of the Chinese government’s Ministry of Education, and have been explicitly touted as “propaganda” by Chinese government officials. As such, they should be required to register under FARA to provide the public with transparency about their funding sources and the pro-Chinese Communist Party agenda they’re advancing. 10*16*18 ..... SneakyPete .....
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    Where will we draw the line, then? It's all a matter of perspective here, right? What about RT, Sputnik, Fox, or CNN? Everyone's got an agenda here. This seems like it's singling out the Chinese for some reason...
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    Yes, so should the NRA and the NRC and ALEC and FOX News and every Conservative radio and TV show.
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    There is a massive difference in recognizing an agency with direct connections to a government security apparatus, and one dedicated to cultural exchange. Organizations like this definitely are arms of a security apparatus first and a cultural exchange touch point second, and the laws should recognize that.
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    Of course. In fact ANY FOREIGN COMPANIES WORKING IN THE US IN ANY WAY MUST REGISTER. Our election is run by a Russian Company. Doesn’t this bother anyone but me?
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    No, but let’s demand the registration and publication of names of those who contribute over $1,000 (combined) to any PAC or political party or political “think tank” or group, Federalist Society e.g., that advocates a political agenda. Let’s identify the real threats!
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    Yes, but it should also apply to domestic propaganda agents like Fox News.
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    This is ridiculous. How about all of the republicans secretly working for foreign governments that bow down to Trump? How about Trump and his properties in foreign countries?
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    I only support this if domestic propaganda machines are also included.
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    Democracy must be protected.
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    There is plenty of propaganda out there coming from both foreign and domestic sources. We have news organizations in this country that are promoting the views of the corporations that own them. Also, Fox News essentially functions as an arm of the Trump administration. We need to address our own domestic propaganda before we go after foreign propaganda.
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    I would support this if it didn't smell so much like another Chinese Exclusion Act. I am no fan of the PRC, but the GOP and current administration are all to eager to whip up Yellow Peril fears while ignoring malign Russian influence.
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    What is trump turning this country into nazi Germany or the USSR??? This is almost like McCarthyism
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