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  1. Comment on Blame game escalates between US and China over coronavirus disinformation in ~health.coronavirus

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    It would be great if we could rely on media to ignore or cut through the propaganda, but that seems very unlikely (for most mainstream news organizations). Instead, we the people need to leverage...

    It would be great if we could rely on media to ignore or cut through the propaganda, but that seems very unlikely (for most mainstream news organizations). Instead, we the people need to leverage user-generated content media like Tildes to call out intentionally-biased news.

    While Trump's disinformation campaign has been a regular topic of Tildes discussions, there has been no time like this COVID-19 pandemic to highlight the clear and present danger of the assault on real news. China's CCP suppressed news about the initial outbreak, delaying a chance to get out in front of it; and Trump's Whitehouse called it a hoax and ignited a spread of bad medical advice that still ripples around today (chloroquine poisoning anyone?).

    Sorry if I sound alarmist or sensationalistic, but I believe this is a big deal. Be vigilant, and study the both the facts and sources, and how they are reconfigured by mainstream news. Don't expect these propaganda and disinformation campaigns to be ignored by the media. The mainstream news parroting government and corporate propaganda is not on your side.

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  2. Comment on Blame game escalates between US and China over coronavirus disinformation in ~health.coronavirus

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    Propaganda has always been part of geopolitics, and “blame” for the COVID-19 pandemic will be no exception. New to the game though is extension of China’s normally inward-facing propaganda to...

    Propaganda has always been part of geopolitics, and “blame” for the COVID-19 pandemic will be no exception. New to the game though is extension of China’s normally inward-facing propaganda to rewrite reality for the rest of the world. The current effort is to deny the Wuhan origin of COVID-19 with a fiction that says it was created by the U.S. and planted in Wuhan, thereby absolving Xi Jinping’s government from any blame for initial mishandling of the outbreak.

    It will be an interesting forecast for future events if news media from around the world can all be convinced to buy the story from China’s propaganda department.

    Free and independent journalism is absolutely critical for the health of free society, and this is a new chapter in which we should all raise awareness about the the threats it faces.

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  3. Comment on Chinese scholar and outspoken critic directly blames Xi Jinping for severity of viral outbreak in ~health.coronavirus

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    And now, ladies and gentlemen, watch in amazement as Xi Jinping waves his fingers and causes Xu Zhangrun to disappear right before your very eyes!

    And now, ladies and gentlemen, watch in amazement as Xi Jinping waves his fingers and causes Xu Zhangrun to disappear right before your very eyes!

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  4. Comment on Hong Kong protests: President Xi warns of 'crushed bodies' in ~news

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    You’re correct that the U.S. and some other “Western” countries deserve a lot of serious criticism, but that’s a sorry reason to ignore what is happening in China right now. And, taking the U.S....

    The hyper focus on China when there are plenty of other countries doing this, this instant, is extremely strange and IMO shows massive anxiety in Westerners.

    You’re correct that the U.S. and some other “Western” countries deserve a lot of serious criticism, but that’s a sorry reason to ignore what is happening in China right now. And, taking the U.S. as an example, there is still an opportunity for people to organize, rein in corporate influence on politics, and steer the government toward the principles and values it claims to stand on. There is no such option in China.

    So I do agree with you that China is not the only country with blood on its hands. But I disagree that this is a reason to simply look the other way. In fact, quite the opposite — Hong Kong’s Lady Liberty should be seen as a symbolic reminder that citizens of democratic countries have been irresponsible in taking their freedoms for granted. It is time to organize, to educate, to support each other (yes, even across borders), and speak up when democracy is being extinguished.

    It's honestly astonishing that the media has been dominated by the Hong Kong story but not a peep about Haiti, Ecuador, and the US-KSA genocide in Yemen...

    I absolutely agree with you here. The reckless irresponsibility of citizens in many democratic counties have allowed these things to happen. Just as with Hong Kong, we need to demand that people pay attention and work to prevent such shameful events in the future.

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  5. Comment on Hong Kong protests: President Xi warns of 'crushed bodies' in ~news

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    Touché. My meaning was that the dark new chapter would be the expansion of everything you just mentioned into Hong Kong. And that would be a prelude to the Chinese Communist Party’s increasingly...

    Touché. My meaning was that the dark new chapter would be the expansion of everything you just mentioned into Hong Kong. And that would be a prelude to the Chinese Communist Party’s increasingly aggressive assault on the geopolitical supports for democracy and human rights. With America’s Trumpian retreat from the world stage, China will feel yet further empowered to assert itself outside its borders. Hong Kong is falling now (yes, technically inside China’s borders) and China’s sights will next be set on Taiwan. I do have a glimmer of hope that people in the rest of the world will join voices and denounce this dark version of the future. But it will take a lot for that glimmer to ignite.

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  6. Comment on Hong Kong protests: President Xi warns of 'crushed bodies' in ~news

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    I have a ominous feeling that something really bad is about to happen, and it could set the tone for a new dark chapter of history. I hope I’m wrong.

    I have a ominous feeling that something really bad is about to happen, and it could set the tone for a new dark chapter of history. I hope I’m wrong.

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