MSNBC Parrots China’s Propaganda on Coronavirus, Warns Trump Not to Anger Them
Rachel Maddow and guests push China's narrative on virus
Left-leaning news network MSNBC praised China for its response to the coronavirus, or COVID-19, outbreak before warning President Donald Trump against antagonizing the communist country.
Host Rachel Maddow, who is a vocal Trump critic, unquestionably swallowed the communist Chinese government's 'official' statistics on deaths from the virus, despite skepticism from many experts and even the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who warned of the country's propaganda.
Maddow, along with her New York Times science and health reporter Donald McNeil, parroted China's propaganda on Tuesday.
McNeil said that Trump should stop insulting China because he may need to beg for their help later.
"In China, there are forty thousand doctors and nurses and respiratory technicians, went from all over China to Wuhan and helped the Wuhan doctors fight the virus," said McNeil.
"There's no more virus in Wuhan," he claimed.
"Those doctors have all gone home; there's been victory parades for them, gratitude, flowers, and everything. They're heroes," he continued.
"They have skills in fighting COVID-19," McNeil added.
"I don't see why we couldn't hire for our pandemic a lot of those doctors, nurses, and respiratory technicians," he said.
"The bottleneck I fear," McNeil speculated.
"Is that the Trump administration is so afraid to admit that it might need help from outside, that it would refuse them visas, but again, that would cost lives, I think that would be a mistake."
McNeil went on to use "reporting out of China" to back up his claim that President Xi Jinping offered Trump help during a phone call.
"I think it's not a good idea to keep insulting China and baiting them because if you look far enough down the road, President Trump may have to go to them with his hat in his hand because we're gonna be able to design a great vaccine, but I don't know if we're gonna be able to run our vaccine plants if too many are sick," McNeil stated.
"I'm not quite sure, we may need vaccine from China, and they, out of anger, could simply say, 'sure, it'll be ten thousand dollars a dose,' and that's the free market working with you on the bad end of the stick," he said.
"We don't wanna face that," he reasoned.
Unsurprisingly, Maddow did not push back once on any of the claims.
Last month, Mike Pompeo outlined China's reluctance to work with the US on combatting the virus.
As NewsThud reported on Monday, New York Times reporter, Max Fisher, also posted Beijing propaganda.
“US outbreaks may be too far along for the South Korea model to work. The only thing left is the China model. It’s the only known success at subduing a full-blown epidemic. Instead of working with Beijing on finding lessons, the US is scapegoating China to deflect political blame.”
“I get why no one wants to hold up the China model as laudable, given Beijing’s failures, propaganda, and authoritarian methods. But none of those are necessarily needed to reproducing China’s real successes, which could at least potentially save hundreds of thousands of lives," he added.
"If your well-grounded concern is that official Chinese data can never be trusted, it’s worth considering that the WHO is vouching firsthand for the country having achieved a major turnaround. Is it worth even looking for lessons?” he said.
Last month, Mike Pompeo, accused the Chinese Communist Party of pushing misinformation and denying the world important information on the deadly coronavirus, putting the world at risk in tackling the epidemic.
“My concern is that this cover-up, this disinformation that the Chinese Communist Party is engaged in, is still denying the world the information it needs so that we can prevent further cases or something like this from recurring again,” he added, Reuters reported.