China’s state-run propaganda outlets are using coronavirus coverage by U.S. media and Democratic politicians to push the regime narrative that the Chinese government bears no responsibility for the ongoing pandemic and that sourcing the origin of the virus to Wuhan is politically motivated.
A video posted Monday by the Global Times, a tabloid run by the Communist Party of China, uses footage of numerous American media outlets and Democratic politicians to portray criticism of China’s handling of the coronavirus as racist. In addition to citing CNN’s Chris Cuomo and NBC’s Richard Engel, the video highlights tweets from two-time failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio parroting regime talking points.
“It is easy to scapegoat people, and that is what has always happened when there have been pandemics or epidemics,” Engel says in the clip featured in the video. “This is a virus that came from the territory of China but came from bats. This is a bat virus, not a China virus.”
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) March 23, 2020
In another video posted Sunday, Global Times editor in chief Hu Xijin highlights a CNN opinion piece by Chris Cillizza that argues President Donald Trump is “weaponizing bigotry” to shift blame away from his administration. After questioning the virus’s point of origin in Wuhan, Xijin cites Cillizza’s piece as evidence that Trump is using China as a political “scapegoat for his government’s slow response.”
Reelection concerns are driving the Trump administration's intense attack on China as a ploy to divert public anger over the federal government's poor controls: Editor-in-Chief Hu Xijin #HuSays pic.twitter.com/jrTGmK2w0d
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) March 22, 2020
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