CNN heavily revises article called out for looking suspiciously like Chinese news release


from WND:

As CNN continues its charge to deflect blame for the coronavirus pandemic away from communist China and toward President Donald Trump, the left-leaning network was reduced this week to literally publishing Chinese Communist Party propaganda.

The network published a story Monday with a near-verbatim lede of a Chinese Communist Party news release that praised the Chinese military’s handling of the disease aboard People’s Liberation Army Navy ships.

In a story headlined “China’s PLA Navy is controlling coronavirus and aircraft carrier’s deployment proves it, report says,” CNN criticized the U.S. Navy’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak on aircraft carriers.

“A Chinese naval flotilla headed into the Pacific over the weekend, evidence that the People’s Liberation Army Navy has done a much better job controlling coronavirus than the US Navy, according to a story posted on the PLA’s English-language website,” editor Brad Lendon wrote.

The language was bad enough when you consider that CNN sourced a Chinese military website in order to criticize U.S. Navy leadership for its sailors’ contracting a virus China lied about.

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But when you look at CNN’s reporting and compare it with its source, a Chinese military news release, the similarities in language are alarming.

“A Chinese naval flotilla led by an aircraft carrier reportedly sailed through the Miyako Strait and headed toward the Pacific Ocean, prompting Chinese military experts to say on Sunday that the fleet demonstrated success in novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic control work,” the release read.

While the CNN article has now been heavily edited, it has been archived in its original state here.

CNN also originally reported that “[t]he report said that the Chinese carrier was carrying out this operation while four US Navy aircraft carriers — the USS Theodore Roosevelt, the USS Ronald Reagan, the USS Carl Vinson and the USS Nimitz — have reported cases of coronavirus, crimping their operations.

“The Roosevelt, now docked in Guam, has been hit the hardest by the virus, with 585 cases among its crew of more than 4,000 people. Almost all of them have been moved ashore on the island and work is going on to disinfect the ship, delaying its ability to deploy.

“The PLA Navy has no such issues, Chinese military experts told the Global Times.”

CNN also published a quote attributed to a Chinese military adviser named Xu Guangyu, who reportedly said, “the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has done a great job in the epidemic prevention and control work and COVID-19 epidemic has not had an impact on its deployment and operations.”

According to CNN’s original report, Xu Guangyu added, “[i]t showed that the PLA can dispatch troops stationed anywhere at any time, with the troops always maintaining vigorous combat capabilities. The Chinese people can always count on them.”

The network edited its story, which is now headlined “Chinese state media claims country’s navy is not affected by coronavirus,” but not before it was condemned online for becoming a mouthpiece for communist China.

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