The program begins with detailed analysis of an article from March of 2020. Noting anti-Asian and anti-Chinese stigmatization in coverage of the early stages of the Covid-19 outbreak, the article notes propagandized, inaccurate reporting by US corporate media.
In addition to citing the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak as demonstrating the weakness of Chinese governance–the administration of president Xi and the communist party in particular–the MSM have engaged in outright misrepresentation.
Exemplifying that departure from fact is the wall-to-wall coverage of Dr. Li Wenliang and the scant mention of Dr. Zhang Jixian.
” . . . Virtually all of corporate media’s false narrative of the coronavirus outbreak hinge upon the story of Li [Wenliang] being a ‘martyr’ and ‘whistleblower’ who allegedly ‘discovered’ the coronavirus, but was silenced and ‘arrested’ by government officials before he could alert the public. . . .”
In fact, Dr. Li:
1.–Was an ophthalmologist, not a virologist nor an epidemiologist.
2.–Did not see himself as a “whistleblower.”
3.–Misidentified the virus in question as the SARS virus–a similar but different coronavirus.
4.–Achieved prominence after a private WeChat group that he did not want shared (it subsequently was shared).
5.–Was not arrested. ” . . . . Neither were Li and his colleagues ‘arrested,’ as several sensationalist reports falsely claimed without issuing retractions . . .”
6.–” . . . . was taken in by police and questioned after telling former classmates about a cluster of pneumonia cases. An earlier version of this article mistakenly said Dr. Li Wenliang had been arrested. Li was told by the police on January 3 not to spread unverifiable rumors—after a screenshot was leaked on December 31—because false information could set off unnecessary panic during the Spring Festival (one of the busiest and most important holidays of the year), as at the time there had been no fatalities and no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission. . . .”
Dr. Zhang Jixian was the real “discoverer”of what is now called SARS Cov-2–the virus that causes the disease. ” . . . . the Red Scare coverage above completely erased the fact that the ‘whistle’ had already been blown by Dr. Zhang Jixian, the first doctor to report the novel coronavirus to health authorities on December 27, which resulted in an announcement by the Chinese Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Wuhan Health Commission (WHC) earlier on December 30, the same day Li texted his seven colleagues . . . . Zhang wasn’t suppressed by the government, but rather commended for her efforts. . . .”
Next, we highlight Washington Post writer Josh Rogin, a high-profile exponent of the “Chinese lab did it” meme about Covid-19. Rogin’s source–misidentified as a “scientist,” is a long-time anti-Chinese government activist financed by the National Endowment For Democracy, a US intelligence cut-out and regime-change vehicle co-founded by CIA director William Casey in the early 1980’s.
The New Cold War is manifesting some features of McCarthyism. Relying on innuendo by an “ex” CIA officer, Fox News host Tucker Carlson intimated that leading Democratic politicians might be agents of the Chinese intelligence service.
A New York Times article that touted calls to boycott the Disney film “Mulan” failed to note how the Uyghur “independence” movement is inextricably linked with elements of U.S. intelligence, as well as a potpourri of fascists of various stripes.
(We detailed these links in FTR #’s 1143, 1144, and 1145. These programs featured two articles from The Grayzone.)
The political heritage of Adrian Zenz. Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the 14th Waffen SS Division in Lviv, Ukraine.
Commentary in the Times article came from, among others, Adrian Zenz, a Nazi fellow-traveler, German-born End Times Christian, doctrinaire anti-feminist and anti-gay ideologue.
Zenz’s prominence as an “expert” on the Uyghurs comes by virtue of his position with the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, ” . . . . an outgrowth of the National Captive Nations Committee, a group founded by Ukrainian nationalist Lev Dobriansky to lobby against any effort for detente with the Soviet Union. Its co-chairman, Yaroslav Stetsko, was a top leader of the fascist OUN-B militia that fought alongside Nazi Germany during its occupation of Ukraine in World War Two. . . .”
Now, Adrian Zenz is not only an expert on Xinjiang, but on Tibet as well. He is also, an “anthropologist,” having been so-anointed by The Guardian. Noting Zenz’s affiliation with the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation–a derivative of the OUN/B milieu we have covered for decades–it is worth taking stock of the fact that the Dalai Lama was tutored by an SS officer and featured Bruno Beger as a member of the Tibetan Government in Exile.
A participant of the SS mission to Tibet in 1938, Beger was a war criminal, having ordered the execution of more than 100 Soviet POWs who had “asiatic” features.
The Dalai Lama’s associations are unnerving, counting numerous fascists among his friends and colleagues.