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Is “Kung Flu” the latest Media Hoax?

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Several White House reporters confronted Trump regarding his decision to call the coronavirus (or COVID-19) the China Virus.  One reporter asked him about a White House administration official who is alleged to have called the coronavirus Kung Flu.

When the reporter was asked the name of the official, the reporter said she didn’t know.

The original claim regarding Kung Flu comes from CBS reporter Weijia Jiang. On March 17th, she Tweeted:

This morning a White House official referred to #Coronavirus as the “Kung-Flu” to my face. Makes me wonder what they’re calling it behind my back.

Ms. Jiang has not identified the official.

One reason could be because this official does not even exist.

Under American defamation law, you can lie all you like.

You can’t lie about a person by name.

If no White House official called the coronavirus Kung Flu, or if there is some important context missing, then Jiang could be sued.

You can watch the Kung Flu exchange in this video here:

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The Stafford Act Text Message Announcing an Emergency Quarantine is a Hoax

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By now you or someone you know has received a hoax text announcing martial law. With some minor variations, the texts all read the same:

  • In 48 to 72 hours the president will evoke what is called the Stafford act. Just got off the phone with some of my military friends in DC who just got out of a two hour briefing. The president will order a two week mandatory quarantine for the nation. Stock up on whatever you guys need to make sure you have a two week supply of everything. Please forward.

 

The National Security Council issued a rare public statement warning the public that the Stafford act text was a hoax.

How can you tell the Stafford Act Text is a Hoax?

Even if you refuse to accept the NSC’s word on the matter, the text message has some telltale signs of a hoax.

First, the text promises secret insider knowledge. “Just got off the phone with some of my military friends in DC who just got out of a two hour briefing.” This is a vague enough proclamation that it sounds plausible.

Second, no specifics of these friends are given. Who are these friends? Why did they call this specific person?

Third, the hoaxers ask you to spread the message. Why would anyone acting in good faith want to incite a panic?

If an emergency quarantine were able to be declared, the plan would be Top Secret. No one’s friends would just get out of a briefing and start alerting people. THEY WOULD GO TO PRISON FOR LEAKING CLASSIFIED INFORMATION.

If such an emergency plan were in the works and higher command wanted the story to get out, they’d leak it to a credible outlet. Not share chain-letter style text messages.

There’s also tradecraft involved in sharing classified information.

None of the telltale signs (and no I won’t share how to leak classified secrets here) were present in that alert.

UPDATE: Other outlets are now reporting that the Stafford Act text is a foreign disinformation campaign:

The Trump administration is alleging that a foreign disinformation campaign is underway aimed at spreading fear in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic, three U.S. officials said Monday. On Sunday, federal officials began confronting what they said was a deliberate effort by a foreign entity to sow fears of a nationwide quarantine amid the virus outbreak.

Agencies took coordinated action Sunday evening to deny that any such plans were put in place, as they tried to calm a nation already on edge by disruptions to daily life caused by the virus.

 

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Read More about Mike Cernovich here.

Who is Mike Cernovich?

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How Trump Drafted Google into the War Against Coronavirus

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Elvis Presley served in the Army after he was drafted, and in American history it was common for celebrities to serve their country during times of national crisis. Noblesse oblige, or the duty the noble and rich owed to society, arouse perhaps out of morality or maybe simple self-preservation. If you’re getting while the getting is good, giving something back goes a long way to avoid class resentment.

Those thoughts were perhaps on Trump’s mind (or more likely his instinct) when he announced that Google was taking massive action to help America fight the coronavirus.

Google at first pushed back at the suggestion that it, a nearly trillion dollar mega-corporation, actually doing something to help the users it profits from.

Why should Google help save lives? Why should Google do anything other than operate as an amoral, blood-sucking corporation that violates user privacy and exploits children?

The media bros were quick to rush to save Google. Poor Google! They were being bullied by the ORANGE MAN BAD.

Google’s media errand boys like Jake Tapper and others were quick to publish stories attacking Trump for suggesting that Google actually do something.

Some like your humble correspondent Mike Cernovich saw right away was Trump was doing.

Trump was drafting Google into the war against coronavirus.

Google, whatever its motivations, answered the draft.

Public pressure must intensify.

The corporations make billions of dollars a day by spying on users.

The least they can do is use that data to find out where coronavirus hot spots are, share that information with the CDC, and get information shared with the sick.

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Joe Biden – Is it Cognitive Decline or a Stutter?

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Has Joe Biden lost more than a step and gone into full-scale cognitive decline. Or can his recent speaking mishaps, which grow daily, be explained by a childhood stuttering challenge Biden overcame?

This is an interesting question because there are decades worth of video of Joe Biden. Has Biden stuttered during these speeches? Has his lost his train of thought?

I’ve spent a lot of time watching these videos for telltale signs of his stutter. Because the media narrative shifted recently, didn’t it?

You can see how media narratives shift by looking at Google trends.

Biden was Vice President for 8 years, where he gave hundreds of speeches and talks. No one during his 8 years in office wondered, “Does this guy stutter?”

But as Biden’s flubs were more noticeable, his team needed a media response. The Atlantic’s John Hendrickson was ready to provide cover fire.

What Joe Biden Can’t Bring Himself to Say His verbal stumbles have voters worried about his mental fitness.

Maybe they’d be more understanding if they knew he’s still fighting a stutter.

This article’s thesis was faulty from the onset, as Biden himself had given speeches to groups that seek to properly help those who stutter. (You can watch those speeches below.)

Let’s look back and see what the media was saying about Joe Biden’s stutter before his speeches became a rambling mess.

“Biden plops down in his seat and flashes The Smile, which comes and goes as steadily as a blinking light. He leans forward as if to confide a secret. His voice is somewhat nasal and he often speaks from the side of his mouth, with no trace of the stutter he had as a child.” – Washington Post, JOE BIDEN THE POLITICS OF BELIEF, 1987.

That quote is from an article in 1987. Joe Biden was an impressive figure in 1987, as you can hear in this video.

No one said much about Joe Biden’s stutter because it wasn’t an issue.

Watch this video of Joe Biden discussing his stutter. From 2016.

Compare this video to any contemporary footage of Biden.

Here is a 2008 speech by Joe Biden about his stutter.

Compare this video to any footage of Biden from 2020.

 

We’re all supposed to pretend like we don’t have parents and haven’t ever had to have the “Do we take away the car keys” conversation with siblings.

Watch this video. This isn’t a stutter.

 

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