90 Miles From Tyranny : CBS Sides with China Commies Over America, Peddles Piles of Fake News on Coronavirus

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

CBS Sides with China Commies Over America, Peddles Piles of Fake News on Coronavirus

From the newscast that brought you the infamous Bill and Hillary Clinton interview, Dan Rather’s fake news on George W. Bush, and one Obama love letter after another, CBS’s 60 Minutes added a new chapter Sunday to its embarrassing history by peddling Chinese coronavirus propaganda.

Throughout the lengthy report, Scott Pelley dutifully touted one piece of fake news after the next, including a deceptively-edited clip of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (hours after NBC had their own kerfuffle).

Pelley largely relied on EcoHealth head Peter Daszak, who’s worked with (and defended) the Wuhan Institute of Virology to peddle the tiresome premise that scientists aren’t political and only want facts.

The nonsense started from the get-go as Pelley bemoaned EcoHealth losing an NIH grant as “the kind of politics which might seem ill-advised in a health crisis” and that “President Trump is blaming China’s government for the pandemic.”

Our friend Ryan Saavedra had a devastating takedown at the Daily Wire and began with Pelley’s cowardice in downplaying China’s failures: “Both the White House and the Chinese Communist Party have been less than honest and so, in China, and in the U.S., the work of scientists like Peter Daszak is being undercut by pandemic politics.”

For the sake of space, be sure to check out Saavedra’s entire piece, including his ten-point takedown of the above claim.

Pelley ensured that China wasn’t the villain, but instead were the President, Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and Newsmax’s Emerald Robinson.

To reiterate because it’s so farcical, EcoHealth and the Wuhan lab were painted as Avengers looking out for mankind (even though the initial genetic sequence was made available in January)

DASZAK: We’re a nonprofit research organization that focuses on understanding where the pandemics come from, what’s the risk of future pandemics and can we get in between this pandemic and the next one and disrupt it and stop it.

PELLEY: In China, EcoHealth has worked for fifteen years with the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Together they’ve catalogued hundreds of bat viruses, research that is critical right now.

DASZAK: The breakthrough drug, Remdesivir, that seems to have some impact on COVID-19 was actually tested against the viruses we’ve discovered under our NIH research funding.

PELLEY: And so that testing would not have been possible ---

DASZAK: No, it would not.

PELLEY: --- if it hadn’t been for the work that you did with the NIH grant?

DASZAK: Correct.

PELLEY: But his funding from the NIH, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, was killed two weeks ago by a political disinformation campaign targeting China’s Wuhan Institute.


PELLEY: On April 14th, Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz claimed China’s Wuhan Institute had, "birthed a monster." Gaetz is a vigorous defender of the President. He’s been under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for allegedly threatening a witness against Mr. Trump and he led a protest to delay impeachment testimony.

GAETZ: The NIH gives this $3.7 million grant to the Wuhan Institute of Virology. They then advertise that they need coronavirus researchers. Following that, coronavirus erupts in Wuhan.

PELLEY: There never was a $3.7 million U.S. grant to the Wuhan lab. But the falsehoods spread like a virus in the White House, and without verification, in the briefing room.

ROBINSON: There’s also another report that the NIH, under the Obama administration, in 2015 gave that lab 3.7 million dollars in a grant. Why would the U.S. give a grant like that to China?


DASZAK: [T]he idea is that we know that viruses that affect people and pandemics tend to come from wildlife, so our strategy is to go to the wildlife source, find out where the viruses are, and try and shift behaviors like hunting and killing wildlife that would lead to the next outbreak. We also get the information into vaccine and drug developers so they can design better drugs. Expand

Saavedra also exposed how, again, Daszak and Pelley lied as the above parties were citing an April 11 Daily Mail item, so it wasn’t conceived on the dark web.

It should also be stated that Gaetz’s impeachment actions had nothing to do with the virus.

Next, Pelley almost did the right thing in citing a Washington Post column detailing concerns U.S. Embassy staff made two years ago (in a diplomatic cable) about the lab’s safety protocols.

Sadly, he chose to stay a Chinese Communist Party hack by boasting that they “the cable….emphasized the Wuhan Institute is critical to future outbreak prediction and prevention.”

Josh Rogin’s Post column cited a U.S. official who summarized the cable as “begging people to pay attention to what was going on,” so that sure doesn’t sound like everything’s squeaky clean.

Pelley tacked on a throwaway line about a key doctor who “was silenced by local officials” before dying from the virus, but that’s as far as Pelley went. He then pivoted back to Trump-bashing, trusting China’s official death toll, and misleading viewers on Pompeo’s statements about...

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1 comment:

Mark Matis said...

What else would you expect? With the advent of the Kung Flu, the tribe has added Mousey Tongue to their previous Messiahs - Lenin and Stalin - to make a troika. Or their very own Holy Trinity. And the tribe run the Media in the West!