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Media Figures Echo Chinese Propaganda on Coronavirus, Claim It's Racist if They Don't

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Linking China with the virus that is now stirring panic around the world — regardless of the fact that it started there — is now being denounced as racist

Until recently, there was little doubt that the coronavirus responsible for school closings and the cancellations of reams of events first sickened people in Wuhan, China.

China said so, over and over.

But now, China is bristling when it is linked with what is increasingly being seen as a global calamity.

And so, too, are media figures who are repeating the Chinese Communist Party line.

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For example, last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used the phrase “Wuhan virus’ spread” in a news conference.

Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona used the phrase “Wuhan virus” in a tweet explaining that he was going into self-quarantine after being exposed to an individual with the virus.

Tweets from media figures supplied a prompt rap across the knuckles to anyone using a term they decided was racist:

In fact, China is taking the official line that it could be blameless.

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Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, when asked during a recent briefing about a comment from a Fox News host who said China should apologize for the disease, said the remark revealed “total arrogance, prejudice and ignorance towards China.”

“There is simply no basis and no reason to push China for an apology. It is yet undetermined where the virus originated,” he added.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida pushed back in an Op-Ed in the New York Post, writing that China is waging a deliberate misinformation campaign against the U.S.

“Beijing’s official outlets, for example, have accused the United States of over-hyping the pandemic for cynical purposes, with a foreign ministry spokeswoman declaring that Washington had ‘taken the lead in imposing excessive restrictions.’ American actions, she said, ‘could only create and spread fear,'” Rubio wrote.

“Other regime and regime-friendly outlets went further. The Chinese military portal Xilu.com recently published an article baselessly claiming that the virus is ‘a biochemical weapon produced by the US to target China,'” Rubio added.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California also raised a ruckus by linking China to the virus in a tweet, something that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi decided required a rebuke.

On Wednesday, during his address to the nation, President Donald Trump minced no words. The virus, he said, “started in China and is now spreading throughout the world.”

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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