For about three and a half years, CNN peddled the false and debunked idea that Donald Trump colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election away from Hillary Clinton, bringing in tons of “experts”, including Pencil Neck Adam Schiff, to insinuate that there is “evidence” of Trump doing such a thing but not providing any at any point in time (and yet, some people are surprised that, yes, Adam Schiff also had absolutely no evidence).
For three and a half years, CNN and other Left-wing hacks in the mainstream media (but I repeat myself) accused Trump of colluding with Russia, without evidence, and tried to delegitimize a perfectly legitimate election that didn’t go the way they had hoped (and if you’ve been here long enough, you know that the colluding and cheating was done by Hillary and the Obama administration, colluding with Ukraine, Russia and other deep state agents throughout the globe… and still failed). For three and a half years, CNN pushed the fake news story that Trump colluded with Russia.
But now that the Chinese coronavirus pandemic has struck the world, CNN is colluding with Russia and pretending they are not lying about how many virus cases they have.
From Mary Ilyushina (a Russian, so of course) at CNN back in March of 2020: “Why does Russia, population 146 million, have fewer coronavirus cases than Luxembourg?”
While the title was bad enough, taking at face value what a murderous dictator says about the number of cases, it gets worse (and yes, I know this was a couple of months ago but I’ll get to that).
“Russian President Vladimir Putin said this week his country managed to stop the mass spread of coronavirus – and that the situation was ‘under control,’ thanks to early and aggressive measures to keep more people from getting the disease,” read the beginning of her piece.
Again, she is taking at face value what Putin is saying, when he has no credibility whatsoever, being a murderous dictator like Xi Jinping and all that. She even concedes that “Putin’s strategy seems to have worked,” again, giving credit and credibility to a murderous regime that deserves and has none.
Then, Ilyushina cited THE WHO in their praise of Russia: “’The director-general of WHO said ‘test, test, test,’’ Dr. Melita Vujnovic, the World Health Organization’s representative in Russia, told CNN Thursday. ‘Well, Russia started that literally at the end of January.’”
“Vujnovic said Russia also took a broader set of measures in addition to testing.”
As if citing the WHO, which has been in bed with China the entire time and has an abysmal record in terms of objective reporting and truth-telling, wasn’t bad enough, Ilyushina goes on to cite Rospotrebnadzor, “Russia’s state consumer watchdog” as Ilyushina calls them, or in other words, Russia’s censorship unit.
From the censorship unit, Ilyushina cited that “Rospotrebnadzor had run more than 156,000 coronavirus tests in total.” She also then went on to contrast Russia and the U.S., saying: “By comparison, according to CDC figures, the United States only picked up the pace in testing at the beginning of March, while Russia says it has been testing en masse since early February, including in airports, focusing on travelers from Iran, China, and South Korea.”
Again, she is citing Russian “intelligence” here, in particular, the CENSORSHIP UNIT. You have to be willfully ignorant (or in collusion with them) to take their “information” at face value and attempt to make a comparison to the U.S.
Ilyushina then went on to talk about the distrust the Russian people have of their government figures, which she says is simply “a legacy of [Russia’s] Soviet past.” Yeah, well, when your own government has been lying to you for longer than you have been alive, you’re going to be distrustful. The Russian people KNOW DAMN WELL that their government is lying (they are the ones suffering with the virus, after all) and that it has a reason to lie (it’s in their very DNA to lie). They, like China, want to appear as power players during this pandemic and appear to have the situation under control (as Ilyurhina said) when they do not and their people are dying.
The Russian people aren’t distrustful of the government simply because of its Soviet past. They are distrustful because Russia STILL ACTS LIKE THEY’RE IN THE SOVIET PAST! Putin is president for life, basically. Any time they have an election, Putin gets to run and win every single time, using tactics not too dissimilar from what Venezuela’s Maduro did a couple of years ago.
Ilyushina goes on to write: “On social media, Russians have raised questions referring to their country’s poor track record of transparency, such as the coverup around the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe in 1986 and the country’s botched response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s.”
“Authorities have moved swiftly to counter what they see as misinformation (awfully rich, considering this is Russia we are talking about. Disinformation campaigns are their MO). In early March, Russia’s Federal Security Service and internet watchdog (aka a censorship unit) moved to take down a viral post claiming the real number of coronavirus cases was 20,000 and that the Russian government was covering it up. Facebook and Instagram users in Russia then started to see coronavirus awareness alerts linking to Rospotrebnadzor’s official website.”
So the censorship unit in Russia was sending FB and IG users in the country alerts about the virus that linked to their site? Yep, nothing suspicious about that.
She also talked about the “skepticism” of Russians about “News reports of shortages in protective equipment… And some experts have raised doubts about the reliability of Russia’s testing system, which depends on a single laboratory. A report by PCR.News, a media outlet for medics and healthcare professionals, pointed out that the only approved coronavirus testing system, produced by Vector in Novosibirsk, has a lower sensitivity than other virus tests, raising concerns about false negatives.”
Yeah, the tests could be faulty and there could be shortages in protective equipment and the government is most likely lying about the total number of cases, precisely because of those faulty tests, but that’s just skepticism!
By the way, earlier in her piece, Ilyushina said that Russia has “just 253 people infected”. That may have been the case back when the piece came out on March 22 of 2020 (and again, you would have to take at face value the figures the Russian government is giving here), but according to BBC News on May 3rd, “Russia’s cases rise by 10,000 in one-day record.”
So Ilyushina was FAR too early to declare victory and try to say that Putin’s “early measures” were successful in beating the virus or that things were “under control.”
In any case, Ilyushina then went on to talk about “cover-up allegations rebutted by Kremlin and the WHO”.
Anastasia Vasilyeva, a Russian doctor and leader of the Alliance of Doctors union, made the same claims that rational people would in that she believes the Russian government to be covering up the actual number of cases by using pneumonia and other respiratory infections as the cause of death, ironically doing the opposite of the way we count corona deaths in the U.S.
“You see, they said the first coronavirus patient that died, that the cause of death was thrombosis. That’s obvious, nobody dies from coronavirus itself, they die from the complications, so it’s very easy to manipulate this,” Vasilyeva told CNN. Of course, both Russian authorities and the WHO rebuked her, denying the accusation forthright.
Now, you could tell me “but Freddie, don’t you have complaints about counting deaths with the virus as deaths from the virus in the U.S. itself? Wouldn’t you be siding with the Russians and the WHO in this instance?” To which I say, not exactly.
When Dr. Birx said that people who died “with” the virus counted as deaths “from” the virus, that’s a problem because ANY death, no matter how it happened, can be attributed to the virus. Died in a car crash and had the virus? Coronavirus death. Got shot 16 times in the head and had the virus? Coronavirus death. Had tuberculosis and the virus and died? Coronavirus death. In fact, TB testing and wards stand to be replaced by coronavirus testing and wards, since hospitals need the workforce to test people during the pandemic. This, obviously, means less testing for tuberculosis, which is an even worse killer for people with compromised immune systems, as it kills 4,000 people a day and 1.5 million a year, according to Madhukar Pai, a healthcare contributor to Forbes.
In other words, some people really COULD BE DYING from tuberculosis but they aren’t getting the testing they need and if they have the virus, they could be counted as a death to the virus if they die as opposed to a death from tuberculosis when, if they didn’t have the virus and still died, they would normally be counted as a TB statistic.
The U.S. counts people who die WITH the virus as having died BECAUSE of the virus. I get that the virus itself doesn’t kill and that people die from the complications. It’s like HIV/AIDS in that way. However, there is an honest way of counting Chinese coronavirus deaths and a dishonest way. Both the U.S. and Russia are doing the latter, with one inflating the number of virus deaths and the other deflating them, covering them up.
Russia is essentially doing the opposite of what doctors in the U.S. are doing: counting a coronavirus death as anything but.
But getting back to the actual article, as I said earlier, Ilyushina was far too quick to declare victory for Russia, as CNN itself reported: “Three Russian doctors fall from hospital windows, raising questions amid coronavirus pandemic” just a couple of months after that original article. The person who wrote this new article, you ask? MARY ILYUSHINA!
So Ilyushina, back in March of this year, was SPREADING RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA in saying that they had less Chinese coronavirus cases than Luxembourg (they have over 177,000 cases now, with more than 11,000 new cases each day, according to Worldometers, and even then, I am still highly skeptical) and that Putin’s efforts at the beginning of the pandemic were “successful” in ensuring that Russia wasn’t hit too hard.
There is no denying here the efforts by the mainstream media in colluding with China to absolve it of any wrongdoing and to pretend like it did nothing wrong, and that they even were prudent and practical about dealing with the virus, while the Bad Orange Man is doing everything wrong, but to see CNN colluding with Russia to spread Russian disinformation is actually a twist I did not see coming amidst this pandemic (though, in all honesty, I probably should have). For all the years that CNN was trying to make Russia look like they hacked or colluded with Trump to get him into office, I didn’t expect CNN to do this, but I really should have.
Old habits die hard and the Left will always love Russia and the communist disinformation that it tries to spread.
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