Over the past several years, China Daily has made a significant effort to publish its CCP–controlled news stories in U.S. newspapers.
Current New York Times employees who previously worked for the Chinese state-owned media outlet include; Jonah Kessel, the Times' director of cinematography; Diarmuid McDermott, current editor and designer; and European culture reporter Alex Marshall, The National Pulse reported.
According to the report, Jonah Kessel, the current Director of Cinematography for The New York Times, served as Creative Director of China Daily from July 2009 until November 2010, when he left his job as a China-based photographer and cinematographer. Their clients included the Ministry of Information of the People's Republic of China.
In now-deleted Twitter posts, Kessel wrote that working for the CCP sometimes has its "benefits." He also mentioned that he was "excited" to start the role, which included "redesigning" the CCP's propaganda arm. He also explicitly clarified that he was getting paid by the CCP.