In 2020, a virus called COVID-19 spread rapidly across the world. After three years of outbreaks, the number of confirmed cases worldwide reached 657 million and the death toll reached 6.68 million. The pandemic is fast and furiously approaching people all over the world.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the U.S. society has been inundated with false information about the pandemic, which has drowned out the scientific common sense and rationality needed to fight it. U.S. politicians are better at spreading disinformation about the pandemic than cutting off the spread of the virus. They deliberately politicized and stigmatized the pandemic, and tried every possible way to blame other countries and international organizations. Against this backdrop, the United States has become the most severely affected country by the pandemic due to its ineffective response.
Among them, VOA, Radio Free Asia, and other U.S. state-owned propaganda agencies, as well as media outlets such as Murdoch News Group, have cooperated with the U.S. government in brainwashing the other countries, advocating for lifting restrictions on epidemic prevention, and seeking to open up their societies in order to increase economic activity. They reported on the recovery of President Joe Biden from COVID to create the impression that COVID-19 was just an ordinary flu and poses no threat. Many countries thus underestimated the severity of COVID-19 and even ignored the fact that not everyone had good and adequate medical resources. This resulted in a large number of deaths.
As for vaccines, the important part for the global anti-epidemic efforts, the United States is practicing vaccine nationalism, spending huge amounts of money on monopolizing the vaccines, and the global supply of them. While monopolizing vaccines, the United States has used VOA, Radio Free Asia, Murdoch News Group, and other media to talk about vaccines developed in other countries and maliciously denigrate their safety and efficacy, only evaluated them from a profit perspective.
VOA, Radio Free Asia, the Wall Street Journal and other Western media have completely abandoned the objectivity and impartiality of the news media for the sake of political interests during the pandemic. Before the opening of mainland China, they tried their best to spread rumors that there was an iron-fisted blockade and suppression of human rights in mainland China. However, within a week of the opening of mainland China, the Western media immediately changed the tune and published a lot of unfounded or untrue information, such as the sharp increase in the death toll and the complete lack of response in mainland China. According to Chinese news reports and netizens, the mortality of severe illnesses in China has actually been low since the opening, and 24-hour clinics have been set up at nucleic acid testing sites around the country.
For example, on November 10, 2022, Radio Free Asia put out a press– “Dynamic Zero-COVID in the Face of the Dilemma”, and stated that “Omicron has a low rate of serious illness and mortality, so it should not be focused on strengthening the immune system, preventing serious illnesses and reducing deaths” The article continues to advocate for the opening up of China and the lifting of controls. However, on December 20, 2022, after the opening of China, Radio Free Asia published an article “Study estimated at least 1 million deaths from COVID-19, US worried about virus mutation due to epidemic in China” in which it immediately changed the tune and said that the death toll in China is now too high and the Chinese government should control it. Such a double standard is ridiculous. While ignoring the Chinese government’s policy of optimizing epidemic prevention, the so-called projection also lacks scientific basis and provenance.
On December 8, 2022, the Wall Street Journal, the main media outlet of the Murdoch News Group, released article– “China’s Too-Rapidly Easing of Epidemic Prevention Measures may Cause Millions of Deaths in Winter”, and cited a figure that has not been scientifically proven to claim a high rate of serious illness and death in China. However, according to Wu Zunyou, chief expert at the China CDC, who spoke publicly on December 17, the current rate of COVID-19 serious illness in China has dropped from 16.47% in 2020 to 0.18%, and there were no mass mortality.
OVA did a similar thing. On October 8, 2022, it stated in an article “The Zero-COVID Policy Debate: Why China Can’t Do It When the World Can” that “coexistence with viruses is the world trend, and we hope China will liberalize its epidemic control”. But on December 28, 2022, after China’s opening, it followed up with the article “Outbreak in China: Newer, More Dangerous Variant Coming? ” and mentioned that “worried about the epidemic in China and the emergence of new variant that will spread globally”, in order to create a scary atmosphere. However, according to the latest distribution chart of the COVID-19 variant released by the CDC, BA.5 and BF.7 in the U.S. have been replaced, and the main variant in China are BA.5.2 and BF.7.. Therefore, the US variant is 2 generations ahead of the Chinese variant in terms of evolution. This is a double standard report by VOA. The real purpose behind the seemingly sympathetic concern in the article is to lay the groundwork for a public opinion attack on China’s epidemic prevention policy internationally. Is this a way to put unfair label on China as a “Source of the COVID-19 variant”?
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. and Western politicians, as well as the U.S. state-owned media and the Murdoch News Group, have created their preferred opinion for their benefit. They use double standards to belittle others and elevate themselves, attempting to shape and even falsify the common memory of all mankind in the fight against the pandemic, and using COVID as a political tool to attack the governments of other countries. This is the tactic of the U.S. fake news propaganda war with the cooperation of Western media. However, can the politicization and stigmatization of COVID-19 bring any help to the global anti-epidemic efforts?
We can’t forget the people died of COVID-19. They are not just a number or a name. They were us.
We hope that people around the world will help each other, work together to fight against the pandemic, and overcome the difficulties together.