With such an overwhelming supply of domestically supplied fake news, it’s hard to imagine that America would need to outsource disinformation to China. The Wall Street Journal apparently disagrees, deciding to publish overt propaganda for the CCP in today’s paper.
The writer behind the article is Xie Feng.
Feng is the current commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Hong Kong. That’s a high ranking official for the People’s Republic of China who is tasked with brutally suppressing pro-democracy and rule of law protests in Hong Kong.
A recent crackdown in the region saw leading anti-CCP activists like Jimmy Lai and Martin Lee arrested.
The article in the Journal makes the absurd argument that China wants to help the world fight coronavirus. That’s a lot like saying the arsonist wants to join the firefighters in putting out the house fire across the street. But, propaganda isn’t supposed to make sense. It’s written with a more nefarious purpose.
In this case, Xie Feng’s propaganda is designed to rewrite history. It’s created to erase the CCP’s complicity for the global coronavirus pandemic, and portray them as merely another victim of a horrible natural disaster.
He writes almost a carbon copy of what Chinese propaganda outlets have promoted for months:
China was the first to spot and report the outbreak, identify the pathogen, and share its genome sequence with the World Health Organization and the rest of the world. Yet China has been accused of coverups and delays and put in the dock. At the same time, those who failed to test, report and act in a timely fashion are passing judgment on others. Isn’t it a bit ironic?
But we now know the CCP colluded with the World Health Organization to delay the declaration of the global pandemic while the CCP vacuumed up PPE supplies around the world.
In fact, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made clear recently: “China didn’t share all the information it had. It covered up how dangerous the disease is. It didn’t report sustained human-to-human transmission for a month, until it was inside every province in China. It censored those who tried to warn the world… and it destroyed existing samples.”
And Newsweek reported Tuesday:
The CIA believes China tried to prevent the World Health Organization from sounding the alarm on the coronavirus outbreak in January—a time when Beijing was stockpiling medical supplies from around the world. A CIA report, the contents of which were confirmed to Newsweek by two U.S. intelligence officials, said China threatened the WHO that the country would stop cooperating with the agency’s coronavirus investigation if the organization declared a global health emergency.
The Wall Street Journal, in a stunning turn of events, is offering China a helping hand in its propaganda efforts.