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Liberal Media Melts Down After Trump Tweets ‘Chinese Virus’

Liberal Media Melts Down After Trump Tweets ‘Chinese Virus’

When asked about it during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing, Trump made clear he had absolutely no intentions of backing down from using the term.

https://youtu.be/U7ZkSwCqFac

I wrote last week about how both the national press and Democrats seemed to be working in concert to shame Republicans into dropping “Wuhan” and “Chinese” when talking about the Wuhan Coronavirus, suggesting it was “racist” and “stigmatizing” to reference from where the virus originated continually.

We are into week 2 of government pleas for people to observe “social distancing” for the foreseeable future to “flatten the curve” and keep our healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed. Some on the left and in the mainstream media continue to obsess over Republicans’ use of the name “Wuhan” or “Chinese” when discussing the virus.

The eruption that took place after President Trump used the term “Chinese Virus” in tweets this week provides clear and convincing evidence of their meltdown:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1239685852093169664

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1239889767267008512

PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor was among the first to clutch pearls:

CNN political analyst Josh Rogin:

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (who isn’t up to speed on the Google website thing or the testing updates):

WTHR investigative journalist Bob Segal:

Despite all the criticism from the usual corners, Trump made clear during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing that he had no intentions of backing down from using the term – and for a good reason:

A reporter asked Trump during a Tuesday press briefing addressing the coronavirus outbreak about the criticism he has received about using the phrase “Chinese virus” to describe the coronavirus.

The president pushed back on the question, saying that “China was putting out information, which was false, that our military gave this to them.”

“That was false,” he said. “And rather than having an argument, I said I have to call it where it came from. It did come from China so I think it’s a very accurate term.”

A reporter asked a follow-up question about whether using the phrase “Chinese virus” creates a stigma.

“No, I don’t think so,” Trump responded. “I think saying that our military gave it to them creates a stigma.”

Watch:

In this writer’s humble opinion, it shouldn’t be Trump, who gets questions about why he calls it the “Chinese virus.” The media are the ones who should be asked questions about why they suddenly object to it after routinely calling it the “Wuhan virus” and “Wuhan Coronavirus” in earlier reports:

Axios thinks it’s because journalists might be taking direction from the World Health Organization:

Why it matters: This is in opposition to guidance from the World Health Organization, which requested back in February that the epidemic be referred to as coronavirus or Covid-19, rather than terms that could stigmatize individuals with Chinese ancestry.

As the outbreak first entered the news cycle in mid-January, phrases such as “China Virus,” “Wuhan Virus,” “Chinese Coronavirus,” and “Wuhan Coronavirus” were used widely.

But when the World Health Organization introduced the terminology “COVID-19,” news outlets began to widely adopt it.

The WHO, however, is gaining a reputation for mostly being a mouthpiece for China:

Yet through all the CCP’s obfuscation and ensigning preventable deaths, the WHO consistently praised the CCP for its “transparency” and “leadership,” saying its actions were “making us safer.” To the incredulity of health professionals around the world when finally alerted to the seriousness of the threat in January, the WHO refused to declare it a public health emergency. It took until February 10 for the WHO to even send an advance party to China.

At the same time WHO representatives gushed in praise of the regime’s response, noting the “Chinese people feel protected.” The WHO continues to lavishly praise China as they continued to downplay the threat of the coronavirus, taking months to classify it finally as a pandemic because that “might spook the world further.”

So the question then becomes this: If WHO is acting as little more than a propaganda arm for the Chinese government, what does that make the mainstream media here in America for falling in step with their Wuhan Coronavirus reporting guidelines?

And how has China rewarded the MSM for observing the WHO’s suggestions for reporting on the virus? By kicking them out:

Even if Republicans, including Trump, had been reconsidering how to refer to the Wuhan Coronavirus, the moment China started planting the false seed that the U.S. military was behind the disease put that idea to rest.

As Trump indicated in the presser, he refers to it as the Chinese virus to refute claims from China that the U.S. military planted it in Wuhan. As he’s shown many times throughout his presidency, he’s not going to modify the way he speaks simply because of hurt feelings and ruffled feathers.

Nor should he. Not when it comes to this issue.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —

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Comments

A better name? How about the Hu Flung Poo Flu?

    DaveGinOly in reply to Rickhess. | March 17, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    One of the three on the Markley, VanCamp & Robbins radio show suggested “kung flu” because it’s kicking the world’s economy’s ass.

    ROTONDARON in reply to Rickhess. | March 19, 2020 at 8:39 am

    {Rotondaron}…….With all the “dis-information, lies, decadent reporting, with no personal responsibility, of today’s “Lame stream media”…..One is personally responsible, to seek the truth! we can no longer trust this media, { NBC, MSNBC, CNN ABC, CBS, WALL STREET JOURNAL, NY TIMES, MOST RADIO, & t.v., ETC}….. to report without political bias!

    WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE TO SEEK THE TRUTH, ELSEWHERE!

    TRUMP 2020…..PENCE 8YRS…..DONALD J. TRUMP 8 YRS….& SO IT GOES UNTIL WE DRAIN THE SWAMP! GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    ROTONDARON in reply to Rickhess. | March 19, 2020 at 10:53 am

    WOW! We cerrainly don;t want to dis-infranchise the overly sensitive, compassionate, loving Chinese people, by relating the “truth” of the origin of this pandemic disease……let’s sugar coat it, forget who brought this to the world, & maybe it will go away? { Typical Libretard approach to truth, Justice , & the American way!}

Trump won’t bow here to PC crap.

    walls in reply to Rick. | March 17, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    I would prefer more detail and clarification. Call it the “Communist China Wuhan Virus”. That will get the lib panties in a wad.

    JHogan in reply to Rick. | March 17, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    Lefting media is too stupid to see how much their screeching about this hurts their credibility. Absolutely no one other than die hard Trump haters gives a flying f**k about this. If anything he’s gaining more supporters.

I’d love to ask the MSM “Two weeks ago you were calling it the China and Wuhan virus when suddenly and in unison you declared the term racist. Where do you get your talking points? China? The DNC? Russia?”

Spanish flu. Hong Kong flu. Lyme (Connecticut) disease. Zika. All named after their points of first observation.

Swine flu. Bird flu. We still eat pork (well, some don’t but that’s their choice) and chicken.

Call it Wuhan virus and, if there’s a problem, build a bridge and get over it.
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A Mighty Man, like Joshua. Thank God for him.

Yeah, because what we call the damn virus is really the most important thing we have to worry about now.

The MSM are a bunch of blithering idiots.

He called the Chinese virus the Chinese virus? The nerve.

Iain Sanders | March 17, 2020 at 6:30 pm

Latest in Chinese Takeaways – just ask for the Flankenstein-to-go.

This guy is well on the way to revolutionizing American politics.

Axios thinks it’s because journalists might be taking direction from the World Health Organization

Despite that whole communist thing about money being anathema, the Chinese know better than most what it is and how to use it. Fingering the WHO as a middleman seems entirely unnecessary. If Beijing thought it expedient to make some donations and “investments” in suitable quarters, they’d certainly be able to do it.

In other words, if the MSM is suddenly acting like it’s profitable to call the Chinese virus something else, we can make a pretty good guess as to why.

    Milhouse in reply to tom_swift. | March 17, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    I don’t seriously think China is paying US journalists not to call it the Chinese virus, but I think it would be great for Trump to put that idea out there. Next time one of these people asks him why he calls it that, he should reply: “The real question is why you are not calling it that? How much is China paying you not to?” And when the person reacts (as they surely will) in outrage at such an accusation, “How dare you accuse me of being a foreign agent?”, his reply should be “You had no problem saying that about me, did you? So what’s the difference?”

      gonzotx in reply to Milhouse. | March 17, 2020 at 8:23 pm

      I think the Chinese certainly are calling the shots

      puhiawa in reply to Milhouse. | March 18, 2020 at 12:52 am

      As an attorney, you know never to imagine the answer a query will yield and prepare a response, just anticipate all answers you can and have a riposte for each. But I like your idea.

      McGehee in reply to Milhouse. | March 18, 2020 at 11:31 am

      “Nobody’s paying me to call it anything else, and if they offered I’d refuse. Next question.”

Diversity and liberal license with a clear progression. Identifying the geographical or corporate origin does not in and of itself imply anything about the people… persons living there. They can allow their rabid diversity to lead them to an inferential conclusion, but that is just their bigotry, a reflection of their character, expressing itself.

    n.n in reply to n.n. | March 17, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    How many people… persons indulge diversity (i.e. color judgments)? How many construct sociopolitical congruences (“=”) in order to paint a group of people, not based on principle, or merit, but based on color, sex, or another low information attribute?

Corrupt, sick bastards shilling for fascists. At a price, of course.

F–k ’em if they can’t take a joke.

It’s always the messenger, not the message that gets these libtards. If fauci , Pritzker or Coumo said this they’d ok with it.

Glenn Jordan | March 17, 2020 at 7:05 pm

The media and WHO indulge China’s inferiority complex by making such a big deal about this stupidity. The disease started in Wuhan and got out of control because the Chinese Communist Party tried to ride out once the virus first appeared. The CCP then has the audacity to suggest the US military brought the virus to Wuhan. Before that, the CCP sent out memos calling it the Italian Flu. Our media hates Trump so much that it’s willing to spout Chinese propaganda and create it as well.

How does calling a virus by where it originated equate to stigmatizing the whole race?

Frankly, I still lean toward this being deliberately released by China, as a bio-weapon. It might not be particularly deadly, as the reported rates just don’t match up at this point, but China wouldn’t care about losing some of their population, they never have, if they can cause an economic melt down.

The one country who is benefiting from this outbreak is China. They are strangling medical supplies and medicines which they make. This let them out of the trade agreement Trump brought them to sign. And the usual pundits who have been backing China are the ones to scream the most over this and Trump’s trade war with China.

Maybe the Chinese Government will be stigmatized by calling it what it is, but I think they deserve the credit.

    herm2416 in reply to oldgoat36. | March 18, 2020 at 3:27 am

    “How does calling a virus by where it originated equate to stigmatizing the whole race?”
    Because the media said so, geeeeeez!

Newspeak. Thoughtcrime. The left is going full 1984. “I consider my greatest achievement will have been exposing this corruption” – President Donald John Trump, 45th President of the United States of America, 28 February, 2020.

2smartforlibs | March 17, 2020 at 7:25 pm

read the tag says MADE IN CHINA

I watched DJT in his news conference today. Some Dem activist (i. e. reporter) accused Trump of stigmatizing the Chinese. Without missing a beat, Trump said that the Chinese accused the U.S. Army of promulgating the virus, and they stigmatized us. Any questions?

It wouldn’t be because they’re concerned that the Chinese government might deny them access for stories? Oh, wait, they were just expelled by the Chinese, no doubt because Trump keeps insisting that the virus originated in China, and that the story about our military giving it them is a complete lie.

Yes, ask the media questions about their objection… AFTER they poll the Chinese people on whether THEY object to the term!

According to Andrew McCarthy, there’s a legal national security reason to legitimize calling it this

On a tablet so I can’t link to it

The disciples of Ram. Once again the apparatchiks are trying to control the language and labels — even getting rid of the handshake. I’ll have none of it. (Ram will be remembered in history for one sentence perhaps its origins with Stalin and Hitler. “NEVER let a serious crisis go to waste”.)

PS “At the same time WHO representatives gushed in praise of the regime’s response, noting the “Chinese people feel protected.” Uh, why should the Chinese feel “protected”. Who is protecting them from the CCP and their own government?

My wife, who is Chinese, replied, “So what? It came from Mainland China, didn’t it?”

    puhiawa in reply to Kepha H. | March 18, 2020 at 12:47 am

    Exactly. Because your wife is an American, like us. The left seems to think blacks are Africans, Asians are from some other country, etc. It is absurd, small minded, racist and disturbing. As long as Democrats and the MSM exist as they do, they will never recognize a single person as an American…except themselves. And then they will acknowledge they hate themselves.

My wife, who is Chinese, replied, “So what? It came from Mainland China, didn’t it?”

Sorry for the repeat. @Allears: Speaking as a former diplomat, WHO will dutifully repeat whatever a member gummint tells it.

On the topic of media, these daily briefings are making PDJT look very favorable in comparison to some of the media who choose to ask inane questions. The man is on TV every day, backed by his team, delivering his message and taking questions.

Eventually, some of the folks who are not supporters of PDJT are going to see what those of us who do support PDJT see; a man doing everything he can to deliver results in the face of a continuous hostile establishment. I hope so anyway.

    Eliza in reply to CommoChief. | March 18, 2020 at 4:57 am

    As an outsider, I sincerely hope you are right. America has the very best of Presidents and now that he is getting all this exposure showing how much he cares for the American people just maybe more votes will pan his way in November.
    PS Pres. Trump is looking tired but he will never give in whist his country needs him.

Dilbert Deplorable | March 17, 2020 at 9:32 pm

All democrats are scum sucking low life cockroach terrorists.

?-hina
?-riginated
?-iral
?-nfectious
?-isease

#COVID19

I guess we will have to go back and rework the history books! Spanish flu, German measles, WuHan virus, and the worst one the Black plague. All will have to be renamed!

Will the rats of the democrat media get angry when we eventually call the likes of that idiot le bron james “Chi-Comm basketball players”?

It’s a Wuhan fire drill.

Hope springs eternal that one day, the LSM will understand that those of us that still possess common sense and critical thinking skills will continue to do the exact opposite of whatever narrative they are embracing at the moment.

Naaaah! Who am I kidding? They’ll never get it…

Will the media ever have the self awareness to realize that a broad section of the population believes them to be leftist hacks and fools, completely agenda driven and entirely untrustworthy? I’m certainly in that camp. They can go pound sand and cry over calling the virus “Chinese flu”. F them.

Skipwatson1951 | March 18, 2020 at 9:47 am

“he’s not going to modify the way he speaks simply because of hurt feelings and ruffled feathers.”

As Ben Shapiro says “facts don’t care about your feelings.”

I will consider no longer calling it the Wuhan virus when the World Health Organization stops calling Lyme Disease “Lyme Disease”.
https://www.who.int/ith/diseases/lyme/en/

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