Bloomberg Politics was ripped apart on Twitter after the self-proclaimed “non-partisan” outlet suggested China was “justified” for its approach to contain COVID-19 after the discovery of the new omicron variant.
âThe emergence of a new variant of the coronavirus has provided some justification for China’s Covid Zero approach, which has maintained strict border controls since the start of the pandemic,â the account tweeted Wednesday.
Twitter has not been kind to Bloomberg Politics’ choice of words.
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âTwo years after the start of the pandemic and the mainstream media are still readily pushing the CCP’s narratives,â tweeted Jerry Dunleavy of the DC Examiner.
“They literally welded sick and dying people inside their homes, you are absolutely shameless. It’s a real tweet and a real story,” wrote Stephen L. Miller. The Spectator editor also urged other Twitter accounts to respond to Bloomberg Politics’ tweet with a photo of the Taiwan flag, “just so they can see it.” Several accounts compelled Miller’s request.
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The related article titled “China basks in COVID justification as omicron closes borders” also drew attention to how it characterized China’s approach to contain the virus.
“As other places pivot to live alongside the virus, China has prioritized eliminating every latest infection, saying people’s health is its top priority – and economic benefits will follow,” we read in the article.
Pluribus editor Jeryl Bier described the article’s use of the phrase âeliminateâ as âquite a euphemismâ.
This is not the first time the media has appeared to praise the communist nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
CNBC was criticized last year for publishing an article touting a poll indicating that the Chinese government received the highest approval rating from its own citizens. Many have suggested that it was irresponsible to tout the poll in a country that often clamps down on free speech and government criticism.
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China has come under repeated criticism from foreign U.S. allies, Republican lawmakers and national security experts since the start of the pandemic. A number of reasons for the criticism were cited, including accusations that the Chinese government intentionally spread disinformation to minimize the risk of the virus, a refusal to cooperate with global health authorities, censorship of doctors and journalists. , as well as the malicious disregard for the health and well-being of its citizens and the Uyghur Muslim ethnic minority.