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Pentagon rejects ABC News claim of November 2019 report warning of Wuhan coronavirus pandemic

Pentagon rejects ABC News claim of November 2019 report warning of Wuhan coronavirus pandemic

The Russia-collusion media malfeasance and malpractice is repeating itself. The false news gets widely shared, the correction makes barely a blip. Mission accomplished.

https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1246798640980557824

It’s amazing how much mainstream media political coverage of the Wuhan caronavirus pandemic resembles Russia-collusion reporting.

With Russia-collusion reporting, there were serial media bombshells of collusion based on anonymous sources how were “familiar” with a document or heard something from someone.

Those reports that rarely survived more than 72 hours, and often were debunked within a day. Yet the bombshells served their purpose of creating a permanent crisis media news cycle. By the time a report was debunked, another had taken its place. That went on for over two years.

The same pattern is beginning to emerge with regard to the coronavirus pandemic.

The media is determined to roll back in time the warnings about the pandemic for the purpose of blaming Trump and portraying a slow response. But as with Russia-collusion narratives, we need to wait 24-72 hours before considering a report even remotely credible.

A perfect example was a bombshell ABC News last night, Intelligence report warned of coronavirus crisis as early as November: Sources:

As far back as late November, U.S. intelligence officials were warning that a contagion was sweeping through China’s Wuhan region, changing the patterns of life and business and posing a threat to the population, according to four sources briefed on the secret reporting.

Concerns about what is now known to be the novel coronavirus pandemic were detailed in a November intelligence report by the military’s National Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI), according to two officials familiar with the document’s contents.

The report was the result of analysis of wire and computer intercepts, coupled with satellite images. It raised alarms because an out-of-control disease would pose a serious threat to U.S. forces in Asia — forces that depend on the NCMI’s work. And it paints a picture of an American government that could have ramped up mitigation and containment efforts far earlier to prepare for a crisis poised to come home.

“Analysts concluded it could be a cataclysmic event,” one of the sources said of the NCMI’s report. “It was then briefed multiple times to” the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Pentagon’s Joint Staff and the White House.

From that warning in November, the sources described repeated briefings through December for policy-makers and decision-makers across the federal government as well as the National Security Council at the White House. All of that culminated with a detailed explanation of the problem that appeared in the President’s Daily Brief of intelligence matters in early January, the sources said. For something to have appeared in the PDB, it would have had to go through weeks of vetting and analysis, according to people who have worked on presidential briefings in both Republican and Democratic administrations.

“The timeline of the intel side of this may be further back than we’re discussing,” the source said of preliminary reports from Wuhan. “But this was definitely being briefed beginning at the end of November as something the military needed to take a posture on.”

It appears that George Stephanapolous was a key part of the rollout. On Sunday April 5, before the supposed existence of the report was made by ABC News, Stephanapolous asked Defense Secretary Mark Esper about it, as related in the subsequent ABC News story:

Asked about the November warning last Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper told Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos, “I can’t recall, George. But we have many people who watch this closely. We have the premier infectious disease research institute in America, within the United States Army. So, our people who work these issues directly watch this all the time.”

Pressing the secretary, Stephanopoulos asked, “So, you would have known if there was briefed to the National Security Council in December, wouldn’t you?”

Esper said, “Yes. I’m not aware of that.”

Stephanapolous also heavily promoted the news story — he did everything but scream “we’ve got him now!”:

https://twitter.com/GStephanopoulos/status/1247802843483889666

But the joy in Mudville didn’t last long. The Pentagon felt compelled to issue an on-the-record denial. Col. R. Shane Day, a medical doctor and director of the DIA’s National Center for Medical Intelligence, issued a statement:

“As a matter of practice, the National Center for Medical Intelligence does not comment publicly on specific intelligence matters,” Day said. “However, in the interest of transparency during this current public health crisis, we can confirm that media reporting about the existence/release of a National Center for Medical Intelligence Coronavirus-related product/assessment in November of 2019 is not correct. No such NCMI product exists.”

https://twitter.com/wjhenn/status/1248045989497311232

ABC News now has added a paragraph to the current version of its news story, but the headline remains the same:

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect comment from the Pentagon.

* * *

The Pentagon did not comment Tuesday, but on Wednesday evening following the publication of this report, the Defense Department provided a statement from Col. R. Shane Day, Director of the NCMI.

“As a matter of practice the National Center for Medical Intelligence does not comment publicly on specific intelligence matters. However, in the interest of transparency during this current public health crisis, we can confirm that media reporting about the existence/release of a National Center for Medical Intelligence Coronavirus-related product/assessment in November of 2019 is not correct. No such NCMI product exists,” the statement said.

The White House National Security Council and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment.

That was quick.

But in that short time period, the fake news was widely shared, including by Joe Scarborough, who updated his tweet almost 10 hours later with the Pentagon denial — but note over 8 thousand shares of the false news, and just a hundred shares of the correction.

https://twitter.com/JoeNBC/status/1248037435923148801

The Russia-collusion media malfeasance and malpractice is repeating itself. The false news gets widely shared, the correction makes barely a blip.

Mission accomplished.

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IOW, ABC lied. I’m not calling it fake news anymore, considering what the media calls a lie these days.

By their own defintion of the word, ABC lied. The Dems/media have been lying a lot for the last 3.5+ years. And all of the lies are falsehoods they have ‘reported’ about Trump.

    4fun in reply to JHogan. | April 9, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    They’ve been lying a lot longer than that.
    Is there any way a complaint with the FCC could work it’s way to the point of abc losing their broadcast license?
    It’d be nice if it were possible. Might put a huge brake on the other over the air spinmasters. The cable news is safe unless enough people cut the cord or the airports offer a choice.

      mrzee in reply to 4fun. | April 10, 2020 at 9:44 am

      In 1984 Ze’ev Chafets wrote “Double Vision: How The Press Distorts America’s View of the Middle East” They’ve been doing this kind of fake news crap for more than 40 years.

Journolistic choices married to psycho projections as a political couplet.

Ohio Historian | April 9, 2020 at 7:21 pm

Next, George Stephanopolus (Steffy) will tell is that the NCMI is “trailer trash” and to take attendance in the NCMI office you throw a $5 bill in the middle of the coffee room.

He was a liar when he worked for BJ. He wore kneepads whenever he interviewed The Queen, the Presumptive President, whatever else you want to call HilLIARy!. And he lies the rest of the time.

He fits the corporate MSM slime-ball persona perfectly.

It’s amazing how much mainstream media political coverage of the Wuhan caronavirus pandemic resembles Russia-collusion reporting.

Well, not amazing at all, really.

With Russia-collusion reporting, there were serial media bombshells of collusion based on anonymous sources how were “familiar” with a document or heard something from someone

It’s almost like there are enterprises out there, where their business model is to create a false illusion within the media for the benefit of their customers. ya know, like Fusion GPS …

Conservative Beaner | April 9, 2020 at 8:04 pm

Even if this were true it would mean that the Chinese have been covering up much longer than we thought.

The Comcast/NBC and Disney/ABC. Both have major financial investments/business in China. Both are now extensions of Red China. Loyalty is to the almighty yuan.

In what world is Clinton toady George Stephanapolous is anything close to an objective journalist?

If true….
An official familiar with the matter said on background…
Sources say…
Allegations were raised by x media outlet…
There are those who say…

The last several years have been an education in the ways MSM puts it’s spin on what they report and what they don’t report.

If anyone was ‘too blind to see’, they don’t have an excuse anymore. At this point anyone who refuses to state the fact that the MSM are clearly biased is either willfully ignorant or stupid.

    alaskabob in reply to CommoChief. | April 9, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    The Soviets always quoted “outside sources” which were under the table funded by Moscow such as from India.

The Stephanapolous has spoken, and all the people said, “Liar.”

That took a long time to leak out

Looks like those two favorite authors for the media, Anonymous Sources and Former Administration Official have been writing more fantasy fanfiction again.

George Snuphuluphagus likes to get whipped by a tranny dominatrix while on his knees wearing a blue dress.

I like the way little George always props himself up to make it appear that he’s taller than any of his guests, when in fact he’s half a foot to a foot shorter than virtually all of them.

Here’s an idea. Pence should forbid anyone on his task force to give interviews or side commentary. They simply are not good at providing good answers to mostly loaded and dishonest questions. Trump needs to control the messaging and he is not doing that.

The models have been all over the map, insanely overstating the doom and gloom predictions, and yet they continue to base their answers on them.

Also, Trump allows them to take center stage to the point that he has essentially deferred the responsibility for whether we will or will not have an economy to them. TRUMP is the one who MUST control that message. He MUST start leaning on the governors, the ones with the constitutional authority, to back off of this blanket approach. It’s insane. We have already surrendered our Bill of Rights freedoms to this insanity. Stop it already!

How easy was it to become socialists? I don’t mean becoming socialists. The deed is done. Get used to it. It was done unconstitutionally with a unanimous voice vote in both houses of Congress with everyone, including just about everyone, here cheering.

Am I the only one who feels like I am living among clueless zombies? Molon labe. Seriously. We are such sheep.

Something very weird happened on Lou Dobbs.. He had Michael Pillsbury on, and they were discussing this story.. He made it seem that ABC wasn’t really that far off.. .and of course Lou said it was all bs. They went back and forth, then Pillsbury kinda backpedaled. I was so happy to see this story discounted.. now I am wondering..

https://www.facebook.com/LouDobbsTonight/videos/510122892988689/

After 13 years in the US Army (TS-SBI / SCIF) and five additional years with DoD, I figured out how chit like this happens.

Our “intelligence” agencies are filled with bright, idealistic, intelligent young people. Many are contractors recruited because they left the military after a few years and still had a SC, saving that contractor a great deal of money. These folks are knowledgeable but lack the understanding and perspective that comes with experience. As an analyst working in a SCIF you know one part of the entire dialogue. Unless you have access to the command briefing you’ve no idea the full weight or reach of the information. But as a young, idealistic, intelligent analyst you “think” you know the entire puzzle by that sliver you have access to. I get it, I felt that way when I was in my early 20’s. But now, with the outsourcing of intelligence to contract agencies we no longer have the command structure to keep young ideologues in check. They hear or see a small piece and because they’re “smarter, brighter, more wholesome and intelligent” then the average American they rush off to whatever reporter had schmoozed up to them at the local watering hole and scream, “Trump knew, Trump knew”! Now of course they don’t know that but to the young reporter this analyst has a security clearance and is telling them something that they too want to believe so, viola; gospel!

This behavior will continue to happen as long as we continue to have contractors handling snippets of intelligence outside of a command structure. Sometimes the information they leak is informative (Edward Snowden) but mostly its politically motivated and not exactly a complete picture (Reality Winner).

This is a classic example of how Brennan et al play the leak game. Claim a leak from a source that routinely declines to comment and you can say anything knowing that it won’t be denied, or if -as in this case- it is denied, that denial won’t be believed. It reminds me of Hunter S. Thompson’s anecdote about Lyndon Johnson:

———

“This is one of the oldest and most effective tricks in politics. Every hack in the business has used it in times of trouble, and it has even been elevated to the level of political mythology in a story about one of Lyndon Johnson’s early campaigns in Texas.

“The race was close and Johnson was getting worried. Finally he told his campaign manager to start a massive rumour campaign about his opponent’s life-long habit of enjoying carnal knowledge of his barnyard sows.

“Christ, we can’t get away with calling him a pig-f****r,” the campaign manager protested. “Nobody’s going to believe a thing like that.”

“I know,” Johnson replied. “But let’s make the sonofab****h deny it.”

Stephanopoulos is a partisan rodent.

Most of the conspiracy theories involving COVID-19 don’t have the Chinese realizing there is a problem until some time in December. If the NCMI figured this out and wrote a paper in November, I have got to give them real kudos.

    Neo in reply to Neo. | April 10, 2020 at 10:06 am

    They may also want to watch whatever stock transactions these analysts are conducting, using information from their “time machine”.

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