The China Times Group ultimately issued a public apology, but the damage is done - the Taiwanese people are losing faith in the independence of their country's media organizations.
As a nation that extols the virtues of freedom of the press, the Unites States needs to be equally assertive in voicing its concern when those freedoms are in danger of being inhibited.
U.S. officials and lawmakers of all political stripes should form a united front in opposing China's efforts to exert control over Taiwanese media. And the next president of the United States should make every effort to ensure the liberal-democratic values of one of America's closest friends remains secure.
They can start by urging Taiwan's National Communications Commission to reverse its decision to allow Want Want to purchase a majority stake in China Network Systems and condemning efforts by Beijing's allies to manipulate the Taiwanese media marketplace.
Stuart Gottlieb teaches international security at Columbia University. He has worked as a foreign policy adviser for Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and speechwriter for former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.).