Epidemiologists make lousy spin-doctors

First, a clarification from the Hong Kong Police: they have not, as previously announced, uncovered terrorists building a hydrogen bomb. It was a ‘chlorine bomb’. This is the same police force that is now presuming the right to take down and arrest admins of websites for carrying ‘seditious’ material. (Do they mean ‘bottle of bleach’, perhaps?)

While the HKPF are fighting imaginary terror plots, two real global wars are taking place: one is between humanity and the Wuhan virus pandemic; the other pits truth against lies.

The World Health Organization is a major participant in both conflicts. And the UN body magnificently wins Cringe-Inducing Video Clip of the Week Award as one of its top Beijing-coddling officials pretends not to hear an RTHK journalist’s question about the Country that Must Not Be Mentioned. The doctor then cuts the Skype connection in a valiant attempt to feign invisibility. Inspired by this approach, the WHO promptly erases the guy from its website.

Oddly, a dash of public-relations sanity suddenly appears. Out with the silence and even with the mumbled ‘China’s Taipei and environs Province of China’ references. In what could almost be ‘a move certain to anger China’, a WHO press release gingerly acknowledges that Taiwan exists and has a (rather enviable) record of its own so far in handling the virus. But not before millions of people have watched the video and relished with glee the horrifyingly embarrassing performance. They don’t often come this juicy.

Although the WHO can’t openly address its quandary, the justification for flattering the Chinese leadership and promoting its fictions is presumably that it’s the lesser of two evils. The alternative is that China refuses to cooperate at all, and the world is even less equipped to fight the disease. But the planet’s taxpayers can be forgiven for wondering how the CCP managed to convince Mr Tedros and colleagues to submit to the CCP’s exceptionalism so enthusiastically – and how/why the bureaucrats imagined the rest of us wouldn’t notice/mind.

And people are noticing. Mild-mannered Scandinavian dignitary Carl Bildt blasts the CCP/WHO for the cover-up. Italians are seriously pissed with Beijing. And (even if it is the Daily Mail) – could the UK government be waking up to the true nature of the CCP?

Meanwhile, the ‘soft power’ goes on giving. Beijing encourages racism to facilitate its instant rewriting of history to portray the pandemic as a foreign imported threat. And don’t forget that you can drive the virus out of the body by rubbing your belly button (in the right direction).

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12 Responses to Epidemiologists make lousy spin-doctors

  1. Chinese Netizen says:

    For a police force stretched to its limits…low morale…back-to-back 8 hour shifts, etc. they sure do manage to bust a lot of terrorist cells BEFORE any Tomfoolery can be unleashed upon the masses.

    Fucking amazing.

  2. Hank Morgan says:

    Bleach bottle? … more like XXX and powdered sugar … or was it Vitalis and XXX?

  3. YTSL says:

    Continuing on the subject of Chinese “help” in the world’s fight against the Wuhan coronavirus: Seen this?

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/netherlands-recalls-defective-masks-imported-china-200329141715106.html

  4. Chris Maden says:

    “The content [singular] of this channel have [plural] been removed”

    Now that the police have discovered this new game, I wonder how long before Hemlock gets that knock on the door at 1:30 a.m. and we readers open his site to see some such similar rubbish.

    As to HK Free Press’s chances…

  5. Henry says:

    I did a double take when I thought his name was Dr. Awkward

  6. Penny says:

    “The court heard that there were over a thousand messages on the channel that talked about how to make petrol bombs, incited people to obstruct railways, and called for people to kill police officers.”
    https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1517721-20200330.htm

    It would seem that the HKPF has been really busy recently and probably CCP United Front workers too.

  7. Everybody was WuFlu fighting says:

    Good fights all round, but I think the epic Hubei police and people vs Jiangxi police and people fight on the bridge between the two provinces is the clear winner of CCP-induced fight of the week. The bridge is currently closed due to *ahem* “construction”.

  8. Mary Melville says:

    Now that the channel has been closed down there is no way to check the veracity of the statement or analyze the postings . Luckily this site has a gate keeper.

  9. dimuendo says:

    The railings are going back up, certainly in Causeway Bay. New special very difficult to undo locking nuts. But in same position, 12 inches in from the edge of the pavement, so lost pavement, not 12 inches into the road so shock horror less space for cars and more for pedestrians.

  10. asiaseen says:

    Tedros Godimgesus was a member of the Tigray Peoples’ Liberation Front so he has a solid Marxist-Leninist background which explains why the CCP chose him for the job and why his lips are fundamentally puckered you know where. Also he is not medically qualified. He is reported to be blaming Taiwanese netizens for the online criticism leveled aiming to remove him. https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3905515

  11. @asiaseen – I am as sick as anyone of Tedros sucking up to the CCP, but while you are correct in saying he is not medically qualified, he does have quite impressive technical qualifications for the WHO job: https://www.tesfanews.net/ethiopia-tedros-adhanom-qualifications-next-who-director-general/. His shortcomings, as the article points out, lie more in the moral sphere.

  12. Hong Kong Hibernian says:

    For what it’s worth, here is the URL for the petition to recall Mister Marxy-Pants Tedros:

    http://chng.it/wMJR2GVFsb

    BTW, don’t forget Tedros’ predecessor, Hong Kong’s pathetic Margaret Chan, who also had the habit of praising authoritarian regimes and responding slowly to an epidemic (Ebola).

    Aah, the Chinese influence.

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