Why do members of the free press keep parroting Chinese agitprop, including the preposterous and totally unverified claim that China has had not a single new coronavirus death since January?
“U.S. reports 1,264 coronavirus deaths in over 24 hours,” NBC News recited this week. “Meanwhile in China, where the pandemic broke out, not a single new coronavirus death was reported.”
Chinese officials concede they have new infection cases, but they also allege those cases were imported into China by dirty foreigners. This is the level on which the Chinese Communist Party has long operated — a sort of ultranationalism that seeks to blame outsiders for its nation’s problems. Yet our media are accepting its dubious (even just from a math perspective) claims at face value.
Let me put this in terms that American journalists might understand, were they not so bound up in irrational hatred of the Trump administration: Is it possible, just maybe, that the timing of China’s supposed good news is not coincidental to the fact that it recently expelled a bunch of U.S. reporters?