Western media unlocked: Hypocrisy behind COVID-19 reports

4 April 2020 — chinadaily.com.cn

Why did apparently stigmatizing names like Chinese virus or Wuhan virus keep making headlines? How have the Western media shaped the narrative of China’s response to the novel coronavirus? As the virus continues to wreck havoc, China Daily investigates how the Western version of propaganda plays out in the global battle against coronavirus.

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Johnson gov’t losing the Covid battle on the frontlines and headlines

3 April 2020 — True Publica

Johnson gov't losing the Covid battle on the frontlines and headlines

When the Daily Mail finally admits the government it helped foist into power is nothing more than a veneer of populist slogans – you know as a government, you’ve been unveiled as a worthless profligate band of spurious frauds. The Boris Johnson government has been tested in a crisis and emphatically failed the nation in its entirety. This is what the DM came out with on Wednesday:

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When the Invisible Hand Gives You the Finger

1 April 2020 — FAIR

Corporate media shrug as elite declare loss of profits worse than loss of lives

NYT: Restarting the Economy Is About Lives Versus Livelihoods

NYT: A N.Y. Nurse Dies. Angry Co-Workers Blame a Lack of Protective Gear.

Why the market fails to provide life-saving goods is not a question the New York Times (3/26/20) will be asking.

Since the days of Adam Smith, capitalists have been arguing that unfettered markets are the best way to organize the economy. Smith famously said that the rich are “led by an invisible hand” to, “without knowing it, advance the interest of the society.” The rise of the welfare state in the wake of the Great Depression tempered such magical thinking for a few decades, but the ascent of neoliberalism in the last half century has brought a resurgence in market fundamentalism, in both theory (very much including the pages of the New York Times and Washington Post) as well as practice.

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Craig Murray: Daily Record Investigates My Home and Finances

31 March 2020 — Craig Murray

The day after I publish my article accusing the corporate media of being an active part of the conspiracy against Alex Salmond, and of giving disgracefully selective, slanted and biased coverage of the evidence of his trial, the Daily Record has decided to investigate my home and personal finances. Is not life full of little coincidences?

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The New York Times’ Insidious Ongoing Disinformation Campaign on Russia & Elections

17 March 2020 — Consortium News

A series of stories loudly proclaim the Russian election meddling narrative but offer no real facts supporting the most sensational claims, writes Gareth Porter.

By Gareth Porter
Special to Consortium News

For the past three years the new narrative of Russian interference in U.S. elections has bound corporate news media more tightly than ever to the interests of the national security state. And no outlet has pushed that narrative more aggressively – and with more violence to the relevant facts — than The New York Times.

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To Defeat Coronavirus, Media Need to Look at Real-World Examples, Not Play ‘Simulitis’

17 March 2020 — FAIR

Every news outlet ought to have a chart like this one, from the Financial Times, featured prominently on their home page—because there is no more important question in the coronavirus crisis right now than how to get off the path led by Italy and onto the track of countries like Singapore.

Financial Times: Most Western Countries Are on the Same Coronavirus TrajectoryThis Financial Times chart (3/16/20) indicates where countries are headed if they continue on their present pandemic path.

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US Cyber Forces Manipulate Public Opinion

9 March 2020 — New Eastern Outlook

5522The influence on public opinion is one of the primary functions of the information space, presented today not only by TV, radio and print media, but also by the Internet and social networks. Therefore, it isn’t surprising that the CIA is especially focused on obtaining control of the information field and seeks ways to influence it. Thus, in the middle of the last century, the agency began a large-scale secret operation named Mockingbird on the territory of the U.S. and abroad. Most of the documents related to said operation are still classified. The purpose of Operation Mockingbird was to secure the CIA’s control over the media and the information space in America and beyond by establishing an extensive network of agents in leading publications, news outlets, radio and television all around the world.

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Coronavirus Alarm Blends Yellow Peril and Red Scare

6 March 2020 — FAIR

Coronavirus Alarm Blends Yellow Peril and Red ScareAs an Asian-American, I’m not surprised that there are numerous reports surfacing of racist and xenophobic responses arising in the US (and elsewhere) as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, where “coughing while Asian” is being compared to “driving while black.” In case there are any doubts that media coverage is being racialized, reports about new coronavirus updates in the US, particularly in areas like New York City, are using unrelated header images of East Asian people wearing face masks to drive the impression that Chinese people are unique carriers of disease, even when they aren’t Chinese. Continue reading

Yellow-caking an epidemic: New York Times spreads the virus of hatred, again

5 March 2020 — MROnline

NYT coronavirus

The Chinese “fight for mankind” against Coronavirus

In the end, the plague touched us all…it was not confined…, breeding in a compost of greed and uselessness and murder.. and delivering death…[serving] as furnished rooms for ideology.

—Peter Hamill, Liner notes to Blood on the Tracks

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Covid 19, first detected late last year in the hub city of Wuhan, China, is a rapidly-spreading viral disease, often characterized by a cluster of acute respiratory symptoms. To date, over 85,000 people have been infected, and nearly 3,000—and counting—have died.

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WaPo Prints Study That Found Paper Backed an Undemocratic Bolivia Coup

5 March 2020 — FAIR

WaPo: Bolivia is in danger of slipping into anarchy. It’s Evo Morales’s fault.

The Washington Post editorial board (11/11/19) stated as fact that Bolivian President Evo Morales “moved to falsify the results of the October 20 vote so as to hand him a first-round victory.”

President Evo Morales won re-election in Bolivia’s presidential election last October 20, as pre-election polls predicted. He received 47% of the vote in an election with 88% turnout. He beat his nearest rival by just over 10 percentage points, which meant a second round was not required.

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How we stay blind to the story of power

24 February 2020 — Jonathan Cook

If one thing drives me to write, especially these blog posts, it is the urgent need for us to start understanding power. Power is the force that shapes almost everything about our lives and our deaths. There is no more important issue. Understanding power and overcoming it through that understanding is the only path to liberation we can take as individuals, as societies, and as a species.

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