American Media Parrot China's Talking Points

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It should not be this easy for Chinese Communist Party propaganda to make its way into major American newsrooms. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, which Chinese lies ensured would become a pandemic, American news media have promoted a number of Beijing-approved talking points, including the one that alleges it is racist to refer to the virus by its country and city of origin. American news media have also accepted at face value a series of dubious claims pushed by Chinese communist apparatchiks, including the absurd boast that China's new case numbers have remained essentially flat since late February.

"[The] U.S. has more known cases of coronavirus than any other country," CNN reported on March 26, its declaration coming in unison with nearly every major news outlet in the United States. The CNN report, claimed the "U.S. cases piled up ... surpassing China and Italy."

The coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. is indeed a serious crisis. But it is extremely unlikely that the number of cases in China has essentially flatlined for the past five weeks. That is, the U.S. is "No. 1" only if you believe the numbers reported by China, which you should not. Pandemic trackers work with the data provided, and the data provided by Beijing is unbelievable. Chinese officials claim new coronavirus cases have increased by only 1,782 since late February. There is simply no way that this is true, especially considering China itself reported new cases jumped from 920 to 80,000 between Jan. 23 and Feb. 29.



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