Clearly growing uncomfortable with the intensifying international heat coming down on the Chinese Communist Party for its role in covering up the coronavirus outbreak in the early weeks of the disease’s spread, Chinese state media lashed out at the United States in a pair of Global Times articles on Monday. Using arguments that could have been taken straight out of the domestic liberal media (and just think about THAT for a minute), the Global Times accused President Trump of blaming China to deflect from his administration’s faulty response to the pandemic.
“The COVID-19 spread in the U.S. is almost like that of a primitive society. It should not have been like this if the U.S. had the slightest science and organization,” the paper declared. “To put it bluntly, the U.S. is no match for China in terms of anti-epidemic organization and mobilization. The U.S. political system has been hit by the pandemic on its weak side and we were willing to show understanding for that. After all, every system has its weaknesses.”
Making no mention at all of the fact that the coronavirus originated in Wuhan either due to reprehensible food handling practices or, worse, a laboratory accident, the paper went on to blast Trump for blaming China for the outbreak.
“In that case, it is not our fault to reveal the miserable failure of the U.S.,” the newspaper said. “China’s achievements stand the test of time and all kinds of doubts. The Trump administration only wants to shirk responsibility by blackening China. This will be proven a lame trick. This will only reflect the incompetence and ethical failings of the related US politicians.”
Apparently not satisfied that they got all of their propaganda talking points in with that first article, the paper went forward with a second one. In “Divisive U.S. Politics Leads to Democracy’s Fast Decay,” the Global Times said that the coronavirus had exposed the failing structure of America’s foundation of liberty.
“Some believe that American democracy is dying. Indeed, the recent chaos in the country has proved its in decay,” the paper wrote. “It allows infighting between the federal and the states at this critical time, aggravates US society’s fragmentation and polarization, and will erode the country’s long-term interests. And it is the American people who will bear the losses and pain.”
The brilliance of great propaganda is that it takes little bits of truth, weaves them together with blatant nonsense, and comes out with a nice little effective polemic. Especially effective for a citizenry that has no choice but to swallow what the government is peddling.
We don’t fault the Chinese people for falling for the CCP’s propaganda, though. We just can’t quite understand why so many in America seem to buy into it.