The Media Delenda Est, Part 8

From Sister Toldjah at Red State (there’s lots of links not included in the quote below):

That mainstream media news outlets have for weeks been parroting China’s talking points about the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus in their country and our efforts here in the United States at combating it is not new news.

But the New York Times has quickly emerged as the media’s standard bearer for how to go full propaganda tool for China in record time.

Examples follow.

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Funny Mud Go Pee

New cool lingo. Saw this on a tweet thread by Robby Starbuck.

Funny mud pee apparently translates roughly to go f*ck yourself or f*cking bullshit. It’s a new thing the wumao’s funded by CCP are saying. They’re… not smart.

The term in the Chinese tweets is “funny mud go pee”; I don’t know why Starbuck “abbreviated” it to “funny mud pee”. The term “wumao” or WuMao is apparently the term used to described CCP “bots”. As another comment put it, “Their system is searching in English for keywords, then the actual humans “wumaos” respond in a swarm. More of the accounts are run by humans than run by AI/bots.

Backstory from Starbuck:

You may have noticed aggressive tweets from me tonight about the Chinese Communist Party.

It was a test to draw attention from new CCP propaganda accounts and it worked.

Check these accounts: all replying in unison, all new accounts, few followers. Will @Jack look into this?

Yes, this blog is here for you with all the new cool lingo.

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Good Response

Glenn Kessler, the so-called fact-checker at the Washington Post tries a Trump gotcha:

Line from Trump’s State of the Union address that did not age well: ““Incredibly, the average unemployment rate under my administration is lower than any administration in the history of our country.”

To which CarpeDonktum responds:

It only took a global pandemic and an unprecedented crisis which literally shut down the entire Earth to bring his numbers down to the levels of Obama.

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Interesting

I don’t know how many of the details are with the devil, but I find this comment to be an interesting perspective:

If antivax people wanted to know what the world would be like without vaccines, here ya go.

… and then later, I came upon this post which has links to two other very interesting perspectives.

First of all:

In just ten days, we discovered that neither the tampon issue, nor the participation of transsexuals in the Olympic Games, nor the climate emergency were real problems, nor emergencies, nor anything of the sort. They were just fictitious problems, the pastimes of a generation that hadn’t known tragedy.

And then this (which I’d like to copy’n'paste in its entirety):

This crisis will be resolved by truckers running the long haul on deserted highways, doctors and nurse working double shifts in scavenged PPE, grocery store and gas station employees keeping services and food available, utility and telecom workers keeping a strained system functioning, grad students and other researchers poring over data and running countless tests in hopes of giving us an advantage, and ordinary people trying to follow often-contradictory guidance and do the right thing while facing a locked-down economy. At the top, we have leaders whose every move is scrutinized and fraught with potential peril – there might not be any good choices, just bad and not so bad.

There is no room for our useless media and most of the commentariat. Activists can either pitch in or get lost. We no longer have time for indulging the delusion that they matter.

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Oh, Great

this panic is never going to end.

With rare exceptions, Minnesota officials have decided against postmortem testing to determine if undiagnosed people who died from severe respiratory problems were infected with COVID-19.

That has raised doubt about the accuracy of the fatality count, which officially stands at 22 in Minnesota. Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehresmann at the Minnesota Department of Health freely acknowledges it’s probably not a true reflection of the coronavirus toll.

“When we’re reporting deaths from COVID, we know there may be illnesses that aren’t diagnosed,” Ehresmann said in an interview Thursday. Of deaths where a test hadn’t been done, she said, “We wouldn’t necessarily count it in our data points because it is not confirmed.”

From a comment at the SItD blog:

Everybody who dies of respiratory distress – pneumonia, emphysema, influenza, even asthma – are now presumed to die of COVID-19 and will be reported that way on the death certificate. No test required to confirm.

It’s the ultimate participation ribbon. Everybody’s a WuFlu victim.

Of course, the change makes mortality statistics worthless for public policy analysis purposes. You can’t debate the balance of harm when one side of the equation is a false number.

But it’s a wonderful way to keep the panic going until the election.

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He’s Right, You Know

Jeff G:

I’m just going to say it & get it over with: Dem pols, snarky NeverTrumpers, & the pompous, simpletons in the prog media praetorian guard covering for them, would’ve let millions of Americans die to protect their PC identity politics paradigm — *and we all know it.*

All of us.

Oh, yeah, don’t forget to include the World Health Organization (WHO) as well. Paul Joseph Watson reminds us that back on Jan 14 WHO reported that

Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, of China.

There is a post at Ace now about this latter topic.

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The Media Delenda Est, Part 7

It is tempting to include stories about Tara Reade because they too contribute to the proof of the The Media’s maliciousness, but I want to keep this limited to/around the topic of the “kung flu”.

And so… using an Instapundit link, one of those oh-so patriotic Americans, an Ali Velshi, who also happens to be a talking head for MSNBC, complained that

Trump just called the “My Pillow” guy up to the podium in the Rose Garden. You cannot make this stuff up.

To which Robby Starbuck responded:

Your transparent contempt for an American business owner who has converted his business overnight to make life saving masks for vulnerable Americans is disgusting. The “guy” you’re referring to will make more of a difference with this one act than you ever will in your life.

Sean Davis asks:

The “My Pillow guy” transformed his company into a mask manufacturer to help prevent the transmission of the Wuhan coronavirus.

What would you say you have done that’s on par with that? @AliVelshi

Another digest from The Federalist.

Interesting couple of meta-comments:

Didn’t’ watch the presser…but seeing my feed. For those of you too lazy to understand @realMikeLindell just decided to help battle a global pandemic by basically switching out his entire pillow company to provide 50K face masks per day. What have you done?

Response:

This is a clear example of what I call the “Cain Effect”. Lindell’s virtue & hard work embarrasses those who feel entitled to praise & grace. Many of them turn that embarrassment into resentment, just as Cain did with his brother Abel. This is long-documented human nature

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The Media Delenda Est, Part 6

China’s Long Tentacles Extend Deep Into American Media.

There are three reasons why the public is right to be skeptical, all of which have been on display during the coronavirus pandemic. One is a credulity toward experts. Max Fisher of the New York Times tweeted on Monday, in response to growing skepticism toward Chinese claims that they’ve brought the outbreak under control, “If your well-grounded concern is that official Chinese data can never be trusted, it’s worth considering that the WHO is vouching firsthand for the country having achieved a major turnaround.”

The tweet linked to an interview with Canadian epidemiologist and World Health Organization advisor Bruce Aylward, who spent last Friday dodging a Hong Kong journalist’s questions about Taiwan in an interview that really has to be seen to be believed. Setting aside the other evidence that the WHO has been co-opted by China, this is a little embarrassing.

The second reason is the worldview of most journalists. These were the same people who told the public in February they should be more worried about the flu, or stigma against Asian Americans, than the virus itself.

The third reason is that many media companies either do business with China or are paid by the government in some way. This one is potentially more insidious than the other two.

There’s much more that explores that third reason.

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The Media Delenda Est, Part 5

A new day, a new attack angle from the media.

USA now has more Coronavirus cases that any country in the world

Sean Davis comments:

Pay attention to who’s rooting for America, and who’s rooting for a pandemic virus.

Mollie Hemingway wrote a whole article about it, Media Peddle Bogus Wuhan Virus Stats To Bash America

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The Fear Pornographers

From Sean Davis:

The fear pornographers whose garbage predictions were used to incite mass global hysteria, putting millions out of work, have now retracted their claims of global apocalypse. But don’t worry: they still have their jobs, so it’s all good.

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