(ReliableNews.org) – For more than a week, President Donald Trump has stood in front of the press every day to update the country on the latest COVID-19 news. During the Q&A portions of these sessions, the media attacks him — then they go off and print articles about how horrible he is. Now, China is using these American media stories to spread anti-US propaganda on Twitter.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian spearhead the campaign when he claimed the novel coronavirus originated in the US.
US CDC admitted some #COVID19 patients were misdiagnosed as flu during 2019 flu season. 34 million infected & 20000 died. If #COVID19 began last September, & US has been lack of testing ability, how many would have been infected? US should find out when patient zero appeared.
— Lijian Zhao 赵立坚 (@zlj517) March 22, 2020
Then Chinese news accounts began retweeting negative stories the mainstream media has published.
.@jbouie at @nytimes published an article named "Don't let Trump off the hook," saying that the reason he U-turned from praising China's efforts to labeling #COVID19 the "Chinese virus" is because he is trying to shift blame on his sluggish response to the outbreak. pic.twitter.com/JPkNxDWxg2
— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) March 21, 2020
Zhao also retweeted prominent reporters like Politico’s Kate Brannen, as well.
The federal government's complete abdication of responsibility in the face of this crisis stuns me anew every night. https://t.co/APRrC7Z3Iu
— Kate Brannen (@K8brannen) March 23, 2020
The Chinese official had plenty of material to pick from with CBS, the New York Times, and Washington Post all publishing disparaging stories on a regular basis. All these organizations are attacking their own president and fueling the propaganda war China is waging against the US.
President Trump gets a lot of flack for calling the press out for their nonsense, but this is why he does it. When a foreign government uses the words of the media to attack our commander-in-chief, there’s a problem. The question is: Will the media change their ways?
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