China Calls 'Wuhan Virus' Racist, But Their State Media Called It That Themselves

In this photo released by China’s Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping talks by video with patients and medical workers at the Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. China’s president visited the center of the global virus outbreak Tuesday as Italy began a sweeping nationwide travel ban and people worldwide braced for the possibility of recession. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (Xie Huanchi/Xinhua via AP)


We’ve seen media freaking out over people like President Donald Trump calling the coronavirus the “Wuhan virus,” “Chinese Virus” or Chinese coronavirus.”

This, despite the fact that most of the media called it that before the Chinese government propaganda effort to stop that.

Both the Chinese government and Xinhua, the state-run media organ, have blasted the U.S. and Trump, calling the use of such names “racist.”

Yes, and trying to deflect to us isn’t going to mask their own cover-up and incompetence.

But as Mary Hui, who reports for QZ, points out, the Chinese state-run media such as Xinhua and the Global Times have themselves used the term “Wuhan virus” repeatedly.


So obviously this effort isn’t about “racism” but more about obscuring the origin and deflecting from the Chinese cover-up.

Meanwhile as Hui explains, The WHO is not actually calling the virus by its real scientific name for what appears to be political reasons to help China.

So again, as my colleague Streiff and I both asked, who is the WHO really serving here? The cause of informing the public? Or complying with what the Chinese want?

The WHO put out a terribly misleading tweet on Jan. 14 that the virus wasn’t able to be transmitted from human to human, because that’s what the Chinese told them.. At that point, there were already hundreds of cases and China knew that the truth. The Chinese covered up the truth for at least a month and possibly more. They not only didn’t tell the world, but they actively silenced the whistleblowers for trying to tell people including punishing the doctor who identified the virus and disappearing citizen journalists such as Chen Quishi and Fang Bin.

It was the cover-up that allowed the virus to be spread throughout the world. As one study had suggested that perhaps we could have avoided about 95% of the cases had the CCP not lied.


But if they really don’t like those names they used themselves and now are hastily trying to get the world not to say, can we suggest an alternative? The ChiCom Bat Virus? Easy to say and puts blame right where it belongs for the spread of the virus.


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