Disinfo: Mainstream media cover the coronavirus outbreak in an apocalyptic way to defame China

Summary

The apocalyptic coverage of the 2019-nCoV (corona virus) outbreak in China demonstrates how mainstream media outlets and social media platforms shape the audience’s perception of reality. While the Chinese government appears to be employing needed measures to contain the outbreak and prevent the virus spread, the MSM [mainstream media] uses this measures to feed the audience with speculations that this is a signal of the Chinese inability to keep the situation under control.

Disproof

And unfounded claim, bordering on conspiracy theory. The outlet uses random quotes from social media to build an argument that "mainstream media" cover the coronavirus outbreak in an exaggerated way. See here for other cases related to the coronavirus outbreak.

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  • Reported in: Issue 182
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/01/2020
  • Outlet language(s) English
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: China
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory
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Big Pharma profits from coronavirus panic

Who benefits from the panic around the new type of Corona virus? The situation is under control, and there is now cause for worrying. In the early 2000s, around 100 billion USD was spent to “contain the spread” of the SARS-Co virus. In 18 years, around 700 people have died from it – just as many who dies from a usual influenza. In this case, the big pharmaceutical companies could profit largely. Why this panic? The answer is the classical: “who benefits from it?”

Disproof

An unfounded conspiracy theory. Pro-Kremlin media occasionally attempt to feed into narratives on the pharmaceutical industry, suggesting evil play behind vaccines, pharmaceutical research facilities etc.

The China coronavirus looks like a US set up

The China coronavirus looks like a set up.

US is practicing dual-use biotechnologies, which can treat, but can also kill. American corporations could benefit from this, they are developing new diseases just for profit.

An example of a US laboratory where deadly diseases are developed is Lugar Laboratory, in Georgia.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. This is a pro-Kremlin narrative about the China coronavirus and the Lugar laboratory in Georgia. See more here.

In response to the outbreak of the corona virus the Chinese authorities have placed more than a dozen cities under quarantine. The World Health Organisation is working with Chinese authorities and global experts to learn more about the virus. The virus "2019-nCoV” comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold, and viruses such as SARS and MERS. There is no evidence to suggest it was developed artificially as a weapon of mass destruction.

US technology is behind the outbreak of the corona virus - it's just business

There is a parallel between the Corona virus outbreak and the other outbreaks of infectious diseases that occur all over the world. The US has laboratories in every corner of the world. Hence – American technology and virus outbreaks – are just business and no one cares about the consequences for ordinary people.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory. This is a pro-Kremlin narrative about the China coronavirus and hinting on the Lugar laboratory in Georgia. See more here.

In response to the outbreak of the corona virus the Chinese authorities have placed more than a dozen cities under quarantine. The World Health Organisation is working with Chinese authorities and global experts to learn more about the virus. The virus "2019-nCoV” comes from a family of viruses that include the common cold, and viruses such as SARS and MERS. There is no evidence to suggest it was developed artificially as a weapon of mass destruction.