Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 9 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H2'ed 1/30/20

Coronavirus: Media Reveals a Very Familiar Agenda

By       (Page 1 of 3 pages) (View How Many People Read This)   No comments
Author 513575
Message Kit Knightly
Become a Fan
  (2 fans)
Republished from Off-Guardian

Influenza Virus
Influenza Virus
(Image by Wikipedia)
  Details   DMCA

The initial, blaring, bright-red headlines over the outbreak of the novel coronavirus appear to be slowing down. Maybe it won't be apocalyptic after all.

While the number of cases continues to rise, the mortality rate is dropping. Nearly 6000 reported patients have resulted, at the time of writing, in only 106 deaths. A mortality rate of 2.2%.

The Guardian, in a rare example of a sense of perspective, actually reported it could be much, much lower than that yesterday:

However, [the reported death rate] is likely to be an overestimate since there may be a far larger pool of people who have been infected by the virus but who have not suffered severe enough symptoms to attend hospital and so have not been counted in the data.

It is a good point. One to remember.

Elsewhere in the media though, the outbreak is already being transformed into fuel for the two biggest on-going agendas of the Western Deep State: Authoritarian social control, and a crackdown on free speech on the internet.


"In 20 years of working on epidemic preparedness, I can't say that I've been more concerned than I am about the current virus."

The CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations says "most global public health leaders are very concerned" about the coronavirus.

In a bizarre, hysterical, interview with Channel 4 News, Richard Hatchett - CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations - claimed that he was "very concerned" and the best way to combat the "epidemic" was what he calls "non-pharmaceutical interventions".

By that he means "preventing mass gatherings, closing schools, and potentially travel bans". He described the outbreak originating in China as a "silver lining" because of the "extraordinary things" the Chinese government can do.

As John Rappaport wrote on his blog:

You could almost hear him thinking, "I wish we could do that in America."

America, UK, Canada, France, Germany, etc.You can bet your bottom dollar public health officials all over the world are gathering data on how well "the Chinese experiment" is going. They want to learn lessons. They want to know more about containment, mass quarantines, and lockdowns.Could, for instance, an American president suddenly declare an emergency in the US and issue orders for travel restrictions on a broad scale?Could he confine citizens to their cities? Could he bring troops into a city and have them assemble in large public places and wave wands at people to look for body temperature elevation and cart them away to hospitals and other holding areas?Could federal and state officials cancel sporting and concert events? Could crowds of any kind be forbidden? Could a national election be postponed?

John has done great work on this, and encourage you all to read his archive of articles on the subject.


One aspect of this we haven't yet discussed is the "misinformation" angle.

Last year, Google responded to calls to "combat disinformation" with a pledge to, essentially,real-time censor breaking news by altering their algorithm to "boost authority".

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3


Must Read 1   Valuable 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

Kit Knightly Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Kit Knightly is co-editor of OffGuardian. The Guardian banned him from commenting. Twice. He used to write for fun, but now he's forced to out of a near-permanent sense of outrage.

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Coronavirus Update: Following the Money

The "Afghanistan Papers": Deep State Narrative Management

The "Plot" to Overthrow Corbyn, History Repeats Itself

The Obvious Dirty Dealings Behind Julian Assange's Arrest

Google Promising Real-Time Censorship

Discuss: Johnson Prorogues Parliament


The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

No comments