Poll Suggests Media’s Efforts Promoting Chinese Talking Points Are Failing Miserably

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Posted: Apr 10, 2020 10:00 AM
Poll Suggests Media’s Efforts Promoting Chinese Talking Points Are Failing Miserably

Source: Xie Huanchi/Xinhua via AP

Mainstream media has been parroting Chinese talking points throughout the pandemic, from arguing that it’s racist to describe coronavirus as being in any way from China (Wuhan coronavirus, Chinese virus) to accepting as fact the numbers pushed by the Chinese government of its COVID-19 cases and the death toll, which even Wuhan residents are pointing out is garbage.

On March 26, for example, CNN reported: "[The] U.S. has more known cases of coronavirus than any other country" -- a point echoed by The New York Times on the same day: “The U.S. Now Leads the World in Confirmed Coronavirus Cases."

This as China was reporting a flatlining of coronavirus cases in the country.

That’s not all, of course. The New York Times also praised China’s “humanitarian aid blitz” in other countries struggling thanks to the communist party’s lies about the virus and efforts to silence whistleblowers who tried to warn the world. “In doing so, it’s [China] stepping into a role the West once dominated.”

In reality, China wasn’t donating anything, but was selling medical equipment…which in many cases turned out to be “substandard and raising serious questions about the quality of the supplies…”

Journalists even appeared to credit the communist party's efforts in containing the virus' spread (which they clearly didn't do at all). 

“How uncomfortable is it,” NBC's Chuck Todd asked, “that perhaps China’s authoritarian ways did prevent this? Meaning, had China been a free and open society, this might have spread faster?”

The America people, it turns out, aren’t buying any of what the media is trying to sell, according to a recent Harris poll

A majority of respondents—54 percent—said they agreed that China should be "required to pay other countries for the spread of the virus." A majority of independent voters expressed support for Chinese reparations, as did 41 percent of Democrats.

The poll's findings suggest that most Americans, and most Democrats, are not persuaded by the national media's efforts to downplay China's role in causing the pandemic, which in some cases has included the promotion of Chinese propaganda.

For example, 77 percent of Americans and 67 percent of Democrats said China was responsible for the spread of the coronavirus. Almost as many Americans—72 percent—said the Chinese government has not been accurately reporting information about the virus's impact in China; 66 percent of Democrats agreed. (The Washington Free Beacon)

A majority of Americans are even on board with the characterization of coronavirus as the “China virus” –with 52 percent agreeing and 48 percent disagreeing. 

Efforts by the Trump administration to impose trade restrictions on the country are also popular, with 69 percent of Americans approving and 53 percent of Democrats even supportive of such measures. 

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