(Liberty Bell) – Over the last few days, you may have heard the “good news” out of China that there have been no new cases of COVID-19 reported in the nation of the novel virus’ origin.
If you’re a discerning person, this may have struck you as suspicious.
After all, why should we take the word of the Chinese at this point? The communist regime lied about when the virus started, they kept it from the public and the international community, and Lord knows if they’re even telling us anything near to the truth about the number of cases they’ve had or the number of their citizens who died.
The oppressive Chinese government is well-known for their animosity towards the free flow of information and the value of human life and their affinity for censorship and shadowy authoritarianism, so why on earh should we take their word for anything?
And why does the American media?
Lately, it’s as though the mainstream media in the US is getting all their talking points from China.
They accuse Trump of being racist for referring to the coronavirus as the “Chinese virus.”
They glowingly report the reduction in new cases without even asking questions.
Why is our own press in the freest nation on earth suddenly acting like a state-run media arm of the Chinse Communist Party?
It’s absolutely unbelievable.
The Epoch Times reports:
The Chinese regime is pushing a new narrative on the global pandemic, claiming over the past few days that there have been no new local infections of the CCP virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus, in an increasingly aggressive disinformation campaign.
As part of this propaganda push, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is also alleging that it now faces a bigger threat—infections imported from overseas. A number of state-run media, many of which have English versions of their websites, are pushing these stories, and some U.S. media are repeating these stories verbatim.
A March 19 headline story published in CCP mouthpiece Xinhua said there were “no new infections of the novel coronavirus” in Wuhan, the origin of the virus, adding that the news sends “a message of hope to a world grappling with the pandemic.” A March 18 article in The New York Times reported the same narrative, with a headline titled “China Hits a Coronavirus Milestone: No New Local Infections.”
Experts say the international community shouldn’t believe any numbers coming out of China due to the regime’s efforts to cover up the outbreak. Internal government documents obtained by The Epoch Times have highlighted how the regime purposefully underreported cases of the CCP virus and censored discussions related to the outbreak, helping to fuel its spread.
“The Chinese propaganda machine is going to tell us what they want the rest of the world to hear and not necessarily what is fact,” Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) told The Epoch Times.
The CCP is set to expel U.S. journalists based in China who work for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.
“That was an act of informing the rest of the world that they [China] have no intent upon being transparent,” Banks said. “Any statistic or anything that you read coming out of China should be readily dismissed simply because of that.”
“They don’t want the real story to be told because they know that they are culpable and they know that this coronavirus will always be associated with the current regime and the CCP leadership in China today.”