American journalists, so desperate to blame President Trump for the COVID-19 coronavirus, are now trying to cover for communist China’s government by insisting any mention of its origin be left out of the discussion. Left-wing journalists took to Twitter to bash Republicans as “racist” for calling the virus the “Wuhan” or “Chinese” virus, even though there is a laundry list of other viral outbreaks being named after where they originated from.
MSNBC host Chris Hayes clutched his pearls after GOP Rep. Paul Gosar called it the "Wuhan virus":
Just astoundingly gross to call it the Wuhan Virus. https://t.co/cMrsA59xTH— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) March 9, 2020
CNN’s senior national correspondent Kyung Lah was livid:
“Chinese”??? Are you kidding me? https://t.co/kQfkGS0xMg— Kyung Lah (@KyungLahCNN) March 10, 2020
I’m putting down the phone bc for the next few hours, I will be screaming— Kyung Lah (@KyungLahCNN) March 10, 2020
Senior correspondent for Vox, Ian Millhiser imagined a right-wing conspiracy behind it all:
What's the theory of change behind rebranding Coronavirus as "Chinese" or the "Wuhan Virus?" That Americans will suddenly want to vote for the racist president if they think that something bad comes from a national group that the racist president doesn't like?— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) March 10, 2020
Daily Beast editor-at-large Molly Jong-Fast went from suspicious to “racist!” pretty quickly:
It’s called Covid-19 not wuhan virus— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) March 9, 2020
It’s interesting to me that you are calling it wuhan virus and not covid-19— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) March 9, 2020
It’s racism— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) March 9, 2020
MSNBC journalist David Gura left no room for discussion:
FYI: Calling #COVID19 the "Wuhan Virus" is racist.— David Gura (@davidgura) March 9, 2020
As did sports editor for The Nation, Dave Zirin, who sighed dramatically:
“The Wuhan Virus.” Racist to the last.— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) March 9, 2020
Tuesday morning on MSNBC, anchor Ayman Mohyeldin also invited his Democrat guest to bash GOP House minority leader Kevin McCarthy for his “obviously very offensive, derogatory terminology” calling it the “Wuhan virus” in a tweet. NBC News touted Gosar "under fire" for his "racist" tweet.
Even worse though, is that the media is guilty of doing the very thing they claim is now offensive.
Those in the media have been the ones calling it "the Wuhan virus/coronavirus" for weeks, so I guess they were being racist/bigoted this whole time. pic.twitter.com/ibogMw3rK0— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) March 9, 2020