I am advising all of my clients not to cite any news coming out of the Chinese government or its state-controlled news agency, Xinhua.
This is not racist, bigoted, or xenophobic advice.
Rather it’s advice that serious candidates who don’t want to spread false or misleading information to the voters should follow.
I did not reach this conclusion without a certain amount of consideration and I believe it is best to lay out the facts that brought me to make this recommendation.
If you disagree with me on this point, that’s fine. America is still a free country
While we’re each entitled to our own opinions, we are not as Senator Moynihan famously quipped, entitled to our own facts.
And the facts at the very least show that news controlled or created by the communist government of China regarding the Coronavirus should be treated with great skepticism at the very least — if not dismissed.
The Chinese government is involved in a major propaganda campaign when it comes to this virus.
This novel coronavirus first emerged in Wuhan on November 17, 2019.
Yet the Chinese government didn’t act in good faith with its people or the rest of the world.
They suppressed the truth about the virus and even punished doctors who tried to sound a warning.
As Chris Jacobs, CEO of Juniper Research Group wrote in The Wall Street Journal:
Li Wenaliang “a physician at Wuhan Central hospital, raised the alarm early.
After seeing patient reports discussing a new “SARS coronavirus,” he warned colleagues via an Internet chat room on Dec. 30 and urged them to “take caution.”
When Li’s warnings circulated widely, Wuhan police summoned him and other “rumormongers,” giving them an official admonishment on Jan. 3.
A week later, Li developed a fever and cough; subsequent tests confirmed he had contracted the coronavirus.
After several weeks in intensive care, he died Feb. 7 at 33.
The Chinese government has falsely claimed that the virus was brought to Wuhan by members of the American military.
And the Chinese government recently expelled reporters from the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal.
Recently, some of China’s citizens have begun expressing outrage at their government, asserting that the government’s claims are “Fake! All of it fake!”
Any information about Covid-19 that you see coming from China’s state-run news agency — Xinhua News Agency — or quoting Xinhua or government officials should be treated with deep skepticism.
I have been highly skeptical of this claim and now it seems I have more reason to be.
The U.S. Intelligence community has reported to the White House, that China concealed the extent of its Covid-19 outbreak.
According to Bloomberg News:
China has concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, under-reporting both total cases and deaths it’s suffered from the disease, the U.S. intelligence community concluded in a classified report to the White House, according to three U.S. officials.
There’s a lot of news out there from reputable sources reporting on the Coronavirus, even if they have their own biases.
Feel free to share and quote from them as you deem appropriate.
But anything that was generated in China — or that quotes the state-controlled Xinhua News Agency or the Chinese Communist Party or its leaders should at this time be regarding as nothing more than propaganda.