Move over, Russia. News outlets run by the Chinese government are waging the new information war on Facebook. “Chinese state media is flooding Facebook and Instagram with undisclosed political adverts whitewashing its role in the coronavirus pandemic and pinning blame on Donald Trump,” The Telegraph reported in its April 5 coverage. This misinformation blitz is reportedly being carried out by “Xinhua, China Central Television and the Global Times,” which have released stories in English, Chinese and Arabic.
As President Trump battled with several reporters during Monday’s press conference on COVID-19, one of the exchanges that set the media into a frenzy was when Trump questioned if a reporter from a Hong Kong based media outlet worked for China. Turns out, she did. That didn’t stop reporters like CNN’s John Harwood from becoming enraged at how “authoritarian” Trump had “lashed out” at this reporter’s “legitimate criticism.”
At Monday’s coronavirus press conference, President Trump sparred with a female reporter from the Hong Kong-based news outlet, Phoenix TV. Following her question that portrayed China as heroes coming to the aid of the United States, the President pressed her on who she worked for and whether they were in league with the communist regime. This drew outcry from American reporters such as PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor and CNN national security correspondent Vivian Salama.
Insufferable New York Times opinion columnist Thomas Friedman is exploiting the pandemic to spew climate change drivel at President Donald Trump.In an op-ed headlined “With the Coronavirus, It’s Again Trump vs. Mother Nature,” Friedman used a dubious comparison between Trump’s handling of the coronavirus and climate change as evidence he was “enamored with markets but ignorant of Mother Nature.”
During a contentious interview with Florida Senator Marco Rubio on Friday morning, MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle grilled the Republican lawmaker on his criticism of media outlets pushing Chinese propaganda about the coronavirus pandemic. Rubio pushed back hard and doubled down on his condemnation of journalists parroting talking points from China’s authoritarian communist regime.
On Wednesday's PBS NewsHour, correspondent Amna Nawaz fretted about President Donald Trump accurately linking the COVID-19 virus to China during a segment highlighting reports of increased racism being faced by Asian-Americans in recent weeks.
"There are no libertarians in a global pandemic." So goes the smug punchline of large-government advocates who point to the necessity of collective action in the face of an unprecedented global crisis. Without government, they say, we'd all be dead. Few libertarians would disagree. The hardcore libertarians at Reason magazine aren't spending their days fulminating over the evils of government-required lockdown orders in the face of a fast-spreading, deadly disease. That's because they, like all other sentient human beings, recognize that collective action is sometimes necessary.
The coronavirus pandemic was naturally the lead National story in Monday’s New York Times Far less helpful but more racially inflammatory was the angle taken by reporter Matt Stevens, blaming Trump for hateful rhetoric directed as Asian-Americans: “For Asian-Americans, Taunts Are Painful Echo of ‘Outsiders’ Status -- Hard-Won Gains at Risk Amid a Torrent of Hate.” He wrote: And then along came the coronavirus -- a pandemic that unleashed a torrent of hate and violence as bigots blamed Asian-Americans for the outbreak." Whose to blame for these scattered attacks, unlinked to Trump voters? Trump and the GOP, of course.
The New York Times economist blowhard Paul Krugman seems to think communist China is more adept at handling the coronavirus pandemic than the United States.Krugman took advantage of the ongoing coronavirus issue to plaster a lazy, highly-politicized tweet against President Donald Trump and the U.S., saying, “America's response to the coronavirus is the worst in the world, which is shocking and has a lot to do with a leader [Trump] who is completely unfit, temperamentally and intellectually, for the job,” Krugman tweeted March 29. The tweet included a graph showing the comparative virus case trajectories of different countries.
On Friday, MSNBC anchor Ayman Mohyeldin expressed relief that Democratic Massachusetts Congressman and failed 2020 presidential candidate Seth Moulton had withdrawn his support for a supposedly “xenophobic” House resolution condemning China’s authoritarian regime for its mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.
The liberal media seem to be ignoring coverage of communist China’s role in mishandling the coronavirus pandemic. But the media will sometimes praise China as a “global leader.” Prominent Twitter conservative personality, SpectatorUSA contributor, former Fox News contributor and podcast host Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) was having none of it.
The New York Times invariably provides guilty liberal spin to any crisis, including the coronavirus pandemic. Tuesday’s front page featured “Spit On, Yelled At, Attacked: Chinese-Americans Fear for Their Safety -- As bigots blame them for the coronavirus and President Trump labels it the ‘Chinese virus’ many Chinese-Americans say they are terrified of what could come next.” An editorial also lectured in an attempt to limit the spread of the fact that the virus originated in China: “Once again, a mysterious, fast-spreading and sometimes lethal disease is exacerbating racism and hatred...."