Report: Chinese Agents Spread Wuhan Coronavirus Fake News via Social Media, Texts
The investigation includes “examining whether spies in China’s diplomatic missions in the United States helped spread the fake lockdown messages.”
The New York Times reported on Wednesday that U.S. officials believe Chinese agents put out fake news about the Wuhan coronavirus via social media and text messages as states shutdown.
The messages helped sow panic and anxiety in mid-March as the country saw the beginnings of the outbreak:
Spread the word, the messages said: The Trump administration was about to lock down the entire country.
“They will announce this as soon as they have troops in place to help prevent looters and rioters,” warned one of the messages, which cited a source in the Department of Homeland Security. “He said he got the call last night and was told to pack and be prepared for the call today with his dispatch orders.”
Did you see any of the messages? My family and friends asked me a few times to confirm the news.
The White House National Security Council had to issue announcements that these messages had no validity to them.
Six anonymous sources told the NYT that the government has been investigating the messages. So far, the “intelligence agencies have assessed that Chinese operatives helped push the messages across platforms.”
The officials did not provide “details of the intelligence linking Chinese agents to the dissemination of the disinformation” so they could “protect their sources and methods.”
Two of the officials believe the agents did not create the messages. Instead, they “amplified existing ones.” This primarily worked on Facebook.
The agents also used “texts and encrypted messaging apps, including WhatsApp.” These actions make it difficult for officials “to track disinformation.”
The investigation includes “examining whether spies in China’s diplomatic missions in the United States helped spread the fake lockdown messages.” The outbreak has led agencies to increase the “scrutiny of Chinese diplomats and employees of state-run media organizations.”
Unfortunately, the NYT used this as an opportunity to knock President Donald Trump. Sometimes he says positives things about China like the tweet the NYT quoted when he wrote “Much respect!” about Chinese leaders handling the pandemic.
But the NYT forgets that as information has come out, Trump and his coronavirus task force team has used strict language about China. He warned China would face the consequences if he finds out it is “knowingly responsible” for the pandemic. Drs. Fauci and Birx slammed China for not providing enough data.
Let’s not forget the MSM has melted down over Trump’s use of “Chinese virus” and “Wuhan coronavirus.” They also hated on him when he issued Chinese travel bans in January.
Last week, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) went on CNN and blamed Trump, not China or WHO, for the pandemic.
But overall, Trump’s priority appears to be America and her citizens, which is how it should be. But we all know nothing Trump does or says is good enough for the NYT.
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China clearly considers this a knockdown blow to the USA…and the Democrats and their minions in the press, now notably including Brett Baer, are willfully helping.
Baer has always been a NeverTrumper…
Follow the Botox…
And here I thought it was just Rosie O’Donnell.
Oh and those frigs of hers cost $24,000 each.
Each one of her 3 frigs……
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Unreal, Nancy Pelosi blames Mitch McConnell for delaying the latest Wuhan coronavirus relief bill: “Mitch McConnell likes to say that we delayed the bill. No, he delayed the bill…So he was the one wasting time.”
China and Dems have something in common, both just keep digging themselves into a deeper hole, and more trouble. One damaging revelation after another.
Except these revelations aren’t getting out to the wider populace. The media is a willing abettor of the Chinese disinformation strategy.
The media is
a willing abettor ofthe Chinese disinformation strategy.
Without addressing the merits of the Covid-19 accusations (about which I’m as baffled as most people), I think it’s a bad idea to judge anonymous sources’ reliability based on whether or not we like what they have to say.
See also: Anonymous intelligence officials told the NYT that Trump is the Devil. Basically.
Interacting with these people can be entertaining.
Me: What’s the news on the Wuhan virus?
Them: You know!
Me: Do you mean the well established precedent of naming a major disease after the place it first presented? Examples are Hong Kong flu, Spanish flu (which the Spaniards call French flu), Zika, Ebola, MERS, German measles, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, or Lyme disease. There are others. Do you mean those?
If you really want to make their braindead liberal heads explode, tell them the Chinese government uses the very same naming convention. In 2017 Chinese state-run media, in this case the Shanghai Media Group, made a documentary about the intrepid “bat hunters” of the Wuhan Institute of Virology. And don’t get me wrong; the researchers like the doctors, nurses, other medical professionals, and journalists who have been “disappeared” for trying to be whistleblowers certainly are brave, and while they may join the communist party in order to advance professionally they appear primarily concerned about the truth (R.I.P. Dr. Li Wenliang, formerly of the Wuhan General Hospital, who tried to tell the truth and got hammered for it by the communist dictatorship that preferred to lie). In that documentary the Chinese Communist Party, err, Shanghai Media Group, saw nothing wrong about the researchers saying that it was important to study bats because they carry so many viruses that can be transmitted to humans but are not harmful to the bats. They carry the corona virus SARS, other corona viruses, and Ebola. They carry rabies as well, but in that case the bats are affected by the disease.
I actually have no problem with them or their work
But I digress. I have no problem with the now raaaaiisty! racist! naming conventions the ChiComs use. I just have problems with other things when it comes to the ChiComs.
Ebola! The Wuhan Institute of Virolagy was using the exact same terminology I’d use to name a virus.
Seriously. F$#^ these people.
Just ask anyone on social media claiming some special secret knowledge to tweet/post “Winnie The Flu”. Refusal = CCP agent.
Most major media credibility has fallen to a sliver above tabloids.
Tabloids occasionally print something true.
Broadsheets do too. Otherwise they’d be useful. A thoroughly consistent liar is just as useful as a consistent truth-teller.
Shouldn’t it be “Chinese agents spread Wuhan Coronavirus thru out the world”?
The NYT’s business model is to print exactly what its customers want to read.
Sad that the Murphy mentality is so prevalent among Democrats and the media that a Chinese disinformation campaign is hardly necessary.