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Chinese state media: Trump fake news mantra speaks to larger truth on Western media

Chinese state media: Trump fake news mantra speaks to larger truth on Western media
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A Chinese state-run publication appeared to praise President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: 'We have a Napoleon in the making' MORE's comments about "fake news," saying the mantra represents a "larger truth about Western media."

"Trump's #fakenews mantra speaks to a larger truth about Western media," the People's Daily, the Chinese Communist Party's paper of record, tweeted, linking to an op-ed posting on Facebook.

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The op-ed says that the problem of fake news is "nothing new to China."

"For years, China has long been on the receiving end of Western media bias," the piece says.

"Rather than focus on China’s achievements in poverty alleviation and human rights or the benefits of stronger China-US relations for instance, China is often cast in a negative light and frequently attacked in the Western media."

It added: "If the President of the United States claims that his nation’s leading media outlets are a stain on America, then negative news about China and other countries should be taken with a grain of salt since it is likely that bias and political agendas are distorting the real picture."

Trump frequently rails on the media, referring to reporters and publications as "fake news."

This past weekend, Trump ripped journalists, calling their work "a stain on America." His comments came after a series of reporting errors last week received extensive media attention.