Chinese Communist Party Works to Scrub 'Wuhan Pneumonia' From State Media Reports

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Posted: Mar 27, 2020 3:15 PM
Chinese Communist Party Works to Scrub 'Wuhan Pneumonia' From State Media Reports

Source: (Xie Huanchi/Xinhua via AP)

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is working overtime to remove the term "Wuhan pneumonia" from early government media reports about the Wuhan coronavirus. From Taiwan News, where reporting on the disease has been extremely reliable: 

A Twitter user with the account name "LIFETIME" on Wednesday (March 25) posted screenshots of a Global Times article to prove the Chinese newspaper agency has been removing the term "Wuhan virus" from previous reports.

The Twitter user claimed the English news site under the state-run People's Daily has been tampering with the content of several articles published in January. As evidenced by screenshots, the Global Times has altered "Wuhan pneumonia" to "novel coronavirus-related pneumonia" in the title of a report on China's coronavirus infections.

Another Twitter user, with the account name @iambadbears, responded to the post saying that Xinhua News Agency, which is also run by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has been engaging in similar acts. He proceeded to add screenshots that show that the government mouthpiece changed an article titled "Wuhan virus sees Olympic football qualifiers moved" to "Olympic football qualifiers moved from Wuhan to Nanjing."

This effort is being undertaken as the CCP's propaganda machine continues to sling charges of racism toward Americans who call the disease a "Chinese virus" or "Wuhan coronavirus." The problem? They did it first in their own propaganda outlets...in China. They're also trying to absolve themselves of any responsibility after spreading the fatal disease to the rest of the world. 

Before a phone call with CCP Chairman Xi Jinping Thursday night, President Trump again explained to the White House Press Corps why he accurately says, "Chinese virus." 

"They [CCP] made a statement that our soldiers brought it into China.  No, it came from China," Trump said. "I talk about the Chinese virus and -- and I mean it. That’s where it came from. You know, if you look at Ebola, if you look at all. Lyme. Right? Lyme, Connecticut.  You look at all these different, horrible diseases, they seem to come with a name with the location.  And this was a Chinese virus."