On his show Wednesday night, Fox News host Tucker Carlson revealed that a source with knowledge told him that The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward scored an interview with President Donald Trump because Senator Lindsey Graham, R-SC, pushed for it.
Excerpts of Woodward’s soon to be released book were published by The Washington Post earlier this week, suggesting the President downplayed the coronavirus threat when he knew it was “more deadly” than the flu and other seasonal viruses.
Sen. Graham’s office responds: Senator Graham’s office noted that the President’s White House aides were charged with the approval process and in the end it the final decision rested with Trump.
Graham’s office reiterated that the Senator is a staunch defender of President Trump, saying Trump fully cooperated “with Woodard for this book,” while Chiefs of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Mark Meadows allowed the interviews.
President Donald Trump responded forcefully to the allegations. He stated that he sought to never sow fear among the American people.
In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity Wednesday night, Trump said that as “the leader of the country, I can’t be jumping up and down and scaring people. I don’t want to scare people. I want people not to panic, and that’s exactly what I did.”
The biggest question for many is why did the President agree to do such an interview with a journalist from a paper he regularly calls “fake news” for writing opposition pieces about him and members of his administration, one that sometimes even writes more glowingly of terrorist leaders. Moreover, Woodward already wrote a scathing book about Trump in 2018. Carlson says it’s Graham who orchestrated the interviews for Woodward’s forthcoming book.
“It was Lindsey Graham who helped convince Donald Trump to talk to Bob Woodward,” Tucker said. “Lindsey Graham brokered that meeting. Lindsey Graham even sat in on the first interview between Bob Woodward and the President. How did that turn out?”
He added, “Now, remember, Lindsey Graham is supposed to be a Republican, so why would he do something like that. You’d have to ask him. But, keep in mind that Lindsey Graham has opposed, passionately opposed virtually every major policy initiative that Donald Trump articulated when he first ran from ending illegal immigration to pulling back from pointless wars, to maintaining law and order at home. Lindsey Graham was against all of that more than many Democrats.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the nation’s leading voices on the President’s Coronavirus Task Force, also defended Trump on Fox Wednesday. He said there was no discrepancy between what the President discussed behind closed doors and the message he delivered to the American public.
“I didn’t get any sense that he was distorting anything. I mean, in my discussions with him, they were always straightforward about the concerns that we had. We relayed that to him and when he would go out, I’d hear him discussing the same sort of things,” Fauci explained to Fox’s John Roberts.
Trump slammed Woodward on Twitter Thursday morning for keeping his quotes private “for many months,” adding “If he thought they were so bad or dangerous, why didn’t he immediately report them in an effort to save lives? Didn’t he have an obligation to do so? No, because he knew they were good and proper answers. Calm, no panic!”
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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village
Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.
But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.
Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19
The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.
Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China
The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”
Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World
The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”
In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.
While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.
You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic
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