Having Previously Concentrated Only On Idiotic Reasons Not To Call The Contagion By The Name It Deserves, The Deranged Settle On A Vile And Unethical One

I have managed to post twice about the name game, and the ridiculous effort to find some way to justify not identifying the Wuhan virus by its place of origin, a campaign led by, naturally enough, its place of origin. The first post focused on the idea that calling a Chinese virus a Chinese virus was “racist,” a concept so devoid of reason and logic that it made my brain hurt.

The fact that the concept was enthusiastically embraced by such proven blights on the political scene as Rep. Omar was  one major clue that  dastardly motives were involved. This was a pretty much flat out resort to Big Lie #4 in the “resistance” Big Lie tool box, that one being “Trump is a racist/ white supremacist.” It was a short post, because there was no legitimate argument to rebut.

In the second post on the topic, I focused on the positive rather than the negative, in part to cut off the usual human jellyfish who always caves to political correctness demands with a muttered, “Oh, all right, since it means so much to you.” There are powerful reasons to lay the responsibility for the pandemic right where it belongs: the barbaric, oppressive, lying and manipulative human rights-abusing regime that botched this health disaster so spectacularly, and is doing so still. The news media hypocritically began by being informative and reasonable, calling the virus what it was. Then the Trump-hating journalists, as usual taking their cues (or orders) from the party they serve, remembered that the enemy of the President is their friend even when it is a brutal Communist regime.  Thus they began supporting Chinese propaganda, including the obvious lie that the United States was the  true origin of the virus. It’s remarkable, in retrospect, that the New York Times and CNN didn’t start calling it “The Uncle Sam Virus.” At least three Times op-ed writers did call it variations of “The Trump Virus,” because they are despicable people.

Even though only a few sources have defiantly stuck with “Wuhan virus” as a matter of principle (like Ethics Alarms), it is clear that the main goal of this obfuscation–to use the pandemic to take down the President—has failed spectacularly, as idiotic plans should. Nobody who isn’t at Stage 5 on the Trump Derangement scale buys the logic that the President calling a virus from China a Chinese virus is racist, or even unfair Congressional Democrats called it a “conspiracy theory,”  but as the recent impeachment fiasco proved, they are at Stage 5 if not higher..

So now the “resistance” and the hysterical have settled on another theory, one that we have seen in other contexts. Last night, a longtime friend who has been infected with the Trump Hate Virus posted to Facebook a news story about some Asian-Americans who were attacked, and wrote that THIS was why it was so, so wrong to name this virus for its origin. As I see every day, this fever post—the creator is a smart woman, I know she is, and capable of reason and clarity, but this is the tragedy of Trump Derangement—immediately received the obligatory  thumbs ups, sad faces and angry faces, as well as comments like “Trump has blood on his hands!”

Aha! There must be some way to gin up Trump hatred: let’s accuse him of murder, or at least mayhem! This is obviously now the new front, though there is not a single case of the virus nor a death from it that can be credibly blamed on President Trump’s actions or inactions. The news media went all in with the fish tank cleaner idiot story, and that, like so many of these ” NOW we have him!” stories aimed at the President, was based on misinformation multiplied by misleading reporting. So the theory being espoused by my temporarily demented friend and others is that the President calling the Chinese virus is making  violent thugs beat up innocent citizens.

To be clear, those beatings are not a trivial problem. The Hill says they are occurring at the rate of a hundred a day. But the there is no “mugger’s veto” over facts, and must not be.

The most charitable way to describe such a lame-brained and offensive theory is that it uses the wrong ethics system, so it reaches an absurd result. This is not a Golden Rule situation.  This is a Kantian situation where the Rule of Universality must be our guide. Are we prepared to posit a universal rule in which we distort or hide the truth from the public to avoid triggering violent, irrational and emotional misconduct by a tiny portion of that public? The answer is obvious: no.  Yet that is what has been called for.

The irrational and unethical reactions of others to reasonable and ethical conduct does not magically make the ethical conduct unethical. This is the fallacy repeatedly used by colleges that censor conservative speakers on their campuses: their speech is dangerous and must be censored because students will react violently to it. No, the students’ reactions are dangerous, and they are the component of the threat that the school should deal with strenuously, not the innocent speakers.

Similarly, the attacks on Asian Americans are completely the responsibility of the attackers, and only them. It not only isn’t incumbent upon the President and the media to blur the responsibility for the pandemic, it is crucial that they don’t.

We have seen similar efforts to censor the facts in news  events, notably in the area of domestic Islamic terrorism after September 11, 2001, and lately, in efforts to muzzle criticism of illegal immigrants because it may spark hate crimes against legal immigrants. The rebuttal is simple: censoring facts based on a warped concept of the “greater good”—or to avoid triggering violent morons—is a dangerous habit, and for democracies, a fatal one.

As for China’s culpability in making the pandemic the disaster it is and will be, the evidence is overwhelming and damning. Here are some links:

 

14 thoughts on “Having Previously Concentrated Only On Idiotic Reasons Not To Call The Contagion By The Name It Deserves, The Deranged Settle On A Vile And Unethical One

  1. *German measles,
    *West Nile virus,
    *Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever,
    *Lyme disease,
    *Ebola,
    *Norovirus
    *Norwalk virus,
    *Desert Shield virus,
    *Southampton virus,
    *Bristol virus,
    *Lordsdale virus,
    *Toronto virus,
    *Mexico virus,
    *Hawaii virus
    *Snow Mountain virus,
    *Zika virus,
    *Spanish Flu, or
    *Legionnaires Disease?

    With the possible exception of Legionnaires Disease….

  2. Check out the free media over in Asia….I keep seeing references to the CCP Virus, which is an awesome use fof language to lay blame where it belongs…

    Chinese Communist Party Virus in case that is unclear…

  3. Even more contemptible: The articles popping up asserting that the Chinese system of government is preferable to western democracies because it’s more effective in dealing with situations such as were are dealing with now. The mind boggles. This goes beyond Bernie’s “Let’s be like Sweden” shtick. It’s more like Bernie’s “Let’s be like Cuba!” What is wrong with these sorts of journalists?

    Here’s one who starts with the assumption the U.S. has screwed the pooch, of course.

    https://carnegieendowment.org/2020/03/31/do-authoritarian-or-democratic-countries-handle-pandemics-better-pub-81404

  4. Nobody, and I mean Nobody, outdoes the ChiCom propaganda machine at this game. As someone with an academic interest in the trajectory of the PRC/CCP WuFlu narrative, I have the daily “pleasure” of reading their ongoing efforts to fictionalize recent history and to label anyone who disagrees with their changing narrative as “racists” or worse. And they’ve completely won over many academics, media talking heads, and TDSers by their perpetual lather-rinse-repeat job with the “It’s all Trump’s fault – Only the PRC/CCP can save the world” nonsense. Here’s an example from today – provided in it’s entirety so you don’t have to click on the link. Does it sound familiar? Of course it does – you read it in or hear it from the US media every day:

    Scientists slam smear on China’s virus data
    By GT staff reporters Source:Global Times Published: 2020/4/1 0:53:40
    Transparency criticism reflects West’s ‘sour grapes’ mentality

    Western politicians and media stirred up a new round of attacks on China’s virus prevention effort: questioning its data transparency, which scientists criticized as “cannot be taken at face value scientifically.”

    The groundless accusations reflected a “sour grape” mentality long existing in some Westerners. This was amplified by the stark contrast between China’s announcement of a phased victory of the hard-fought battle and Western countries’ harrowing struggle in battling the global pandemic.

    On the heels of blaming China for the virus’ origin and “slow response to the outbreak,” Western media and politicians are now blaming China for covering up its data on the novel coronavirus.

    Their most-oft used rhetoric includes China adopting a different standard to identify confirmed COVID-19 patients; as well as local government’s cover-up at the early stage as an excuse to cast doubts on China’s data in general; and they railed against China for failing to include asymptomatic patients in its national figure.

    Lack of scientific basis
    Until very recently, pictures of long queues and stacks of urns at funeral homes in Wuhan gave foreign politicians and media new ammunition to attack China’s transparency on the coronavirus data.

    Some Western media, such as Newsweek, made a bold but dubious estimate, using the picture of a long queue, some local residents’ statements, and urns distributed to claim, that Wuhan had a death toll of 26,000.

    Wuhan has been sealed off for two months with funeral homes cross the city closed. In addition to deaths caused by the virus, death figures in the city, with a population of roughly 9 million, included those who died for other reasons, said Zheng Shuqian, an employee at one of Wuhan’s community healthcare centers, who also accompanied residents to collect urns.

    He said others might have died of other underlying diseases. They were denied timely treatment during the two-month lockdown because the city’s medical resources were greatly strained to treat the COVID-19 patients.

    A total of 47,900 people died in Wuhan in 2018, which means almost 4,000 people died monthly on average, according to data from Wuhan’s bureau of statistics.

    Official figures show 2,535 people in Wuhan died from the virus, bringing the city’s morality rate to 4.6 percent.

    On Tuesday, China also ordered the inclusion of symptom-free coronavirus cases in the national statistics figure. But the number is relatively small. According to the National Health Commission (NHC), a total of 1,541 asymptomatic patients were placed under observation in China as of Monday.

    South China Morning Post, which claimed to have obtained a confidential document, reported earlier that China has under-reported its confirmed COVID-19 cases by one-third, or more than 40,000 infections.

    NHC said on Tuesday that as authorities began to round up registering silent patients as early as January 28. Asymptomatic patients and their close contacts have been required to put under 14-day quarantine, which refuted the claims that China failed to regulate or had “covered up” this group of patients.

    Medical experts also told the Global Times on Tuesday that it is reasonable for China to exclude asymptomatic patients previously, because if one doesn’t have symptoms, he does not need to be treated.

    Wang Guangfa, director of the department of respiratory and critical care medicine at Peking University First Hospital, pointed out that China tested and reported more subjects than some Western countries, including people with mild symptoms as well as close contacts, which are not covered in the US.

    In some countries, such as Italy and Spain, the proportion of people dying from COVID-19 is very high, whereas in China it is low. This probably indicates that in the latter countries more tests also in people without symptoms were done by thoroughly tracing contacts of sick people, Belgian virologist Guido Vanham told the Global Times. Vanham is also former head of virology at the Institute for Tropical Medicine in University of Antwerp.

    At the beginning of the outbreak, China neglected to round up a group of suspected patients and close contacts due to the lack of knowledge of the virus and absence of test kits, Zheng said.

    He said the government was soon alerted by the severity of the virus and raced against time to round up those which had to be rounded up, and categorized quarantine measures of all COVID-19 patients, suspected cases and close contacts.

    Zheng said as our knowledge of the virus has matured, China has made a complete system for reporting and monitoring COVID-19-related cases. Take Wuhan. As soon as a confirmed case is reported, the city’s center for disease control and prevention would notify community workers to check family members and close contacts of the confirmed patient, and properly put them under quarantine. Then the community of a street healthcare center would report those cases to their supervisors to generate data. “So you can see China’s data is collected in a scientific and strict manner, making sure no one is excluded,” Zheng said.

    Vanham believes that China has done a better job than most countries in Europe and the US. It is possible that there has been some hesitation in Wuhan and Hubei at the very beginning, but this was a completely new situation. It is much less understandable that most European countries and the US, having seen what had happened in China, have not anticipated earlier and hesitated so long to take appropriate measures, which are being executed right now.

    Countries may not have created a system to identify OCIVD-19 patients, but they have a very similar diagnostic basis, including clinical symptoms, CT and nucleic test results, said China’s Center for Disease and Control chief epidemiologist Zeng Guang, noting that it is wrong to accuse China of adopting different diagnostic criteria just to bring down the country’s infection numbers.

    British media said Prime Minister Boris Johnson was warned by some scientific advisers that China’s officially declared statistics on the number of cases of coronavirus infaction could be “downplayed by a factor of 15 to 40 times,” but such reports did not specify who the advisers were or how they came to their conclusions.

    Zeng said that first of all, this media and the said scientists failed to lay out their basis for such a groundless accusation. Second, if the conclusion comes from a mathematical mode, the scientist considered only the transmission regularity of the virus, whilst neglected human intervention, which China has adopted since the early stage of the outbreak in the country, and effectively curbed virus transmission.

    “Viral spreading in China cannot be predicted or estimated according to the data generated by the mathematical mode. Doing so will be subject to great deviation,” Zeng said, adding that such regularity is more accurate to conjure Western countries’ data for they failed to apply strict preventive measures.

    ‘Sour grape’ mentality

    Ever since the US undertook China as the country with most recorded COVID-19 cases, its politicians have been heaping criticism on China’s data transparency.

    President Donald Trump on Thursday expressed his doubts about the number of COVID-19 cases being reported by China. “You don’t know what the numbers are in China,” the president said when asked by a reporter whether he was surprised that the US has surpassed China in the number of cases.

    Joining Trump, US Senator Marco Rubio also decried on Twitter on Sunday that “it is bad journalism” to report that the US has more coronavirus cases than China, as “[we] have NO IDEA how many cases China really has but without any doubt it’s significantly more than they admit to.”

    Many politicians in the West are poisoned by this “unhealthy mentality” which makes it difficult for them to accept the fact that the outbreak had receded in China so fast, said Peking University professor Zhang Yiwu.

    Zhang said the mentality originated from their “Western supremacy,” and was amplified by the stark contrast between China’s fast-achieved phased victory over the virus vis-a-vis their harrowing virus prevention efforts.

    “They previously criticized China’s lockdown measures and its building of makeshift hospitals, which later proved be the only effective solution, and was like a slap in their faces. So they have shifted their attack on China on data transparency.”

    Observers noted that it is pointless to blame one another during such a special time, as everyone is prone to the harm of the virus. “It is time for countries to join hands to fight the virus together,” Zhang urged.
    (Link provided for completeness: https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1184370.shtml)

  5. Are we prepared to posit a universal rule in which we distort or hide the truth from the public to avoid triggering violent, irrational and emotional misconduct by a tiny portion of that public?

    Raise your hand if you think this “universal” rule will be applied in an even-handed manner?

  6. I’m imagining a new study showing that the virus actually started at Mar-a-Lago. Emergency rooms would be overrun with cases of whiplash from the U-turns on the naming issue.

  7. Global Times recently released a video which criticized calling the virus a “Chinese virus” as “racist”.
    Care to guess which supporters were used in the video?

    • Bat virus. I like that. Except, what about animal rights? Bats are people too! They consume a gaziliion times their body weight in bugs every night. Science! But wait, bugs are people too! Wait, viruses are people as well. Is it even fair to malign viruses? When you’re woke, you’re concerned about protecting every living thing from the oppressors. Any speech on this topic is hate speech.

        • Wasn’t he an unusually hard hitting second baseman for the St. Louis Browns? His brother Tony Kahn had a cup of coffee with the Philadelphia Athletics, I’m pretty sure.

  8. To be clear, those beatings are not a trivial problem. The Hill says they are occurring at the rate of a hundred a day. But the there is no “mugger’s veto” over facts, and must not be.

    Your quoted text goes includes a link to an article that opens with:

    Racism against Asian Americans has surged as the coronavirus sweeps the U.S., with reports of hate crimes averaging approximately 100 per day, according to Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.).

    I can’t take the claims seriously, given her party’s ongoing use of false claims of bias crime going back decades. The hoax claims of white on black and homophobia bias crimes have a long history of politicization by the democrat party. Jessie Smollett is the latest example, hitting both bullet points0. Then in the era of Trump, there were all these claims of bias crimes against the Hispanic community, many of them having been proven false. They were lapped up and reported by the media with zero fact checking, because they played into the big lie #4, Trump is racist.

    Now we have big lie #4 extended to Trump’s response to the Xi Jinping virus is racist and is harming Asians. Given their past conduct, I certainly wouldn’t take the media’s, nor the democrat’s claims of bias crimes without some level of doubt.

  9. So now the “resistance” and the hysterical have settled on another theory, one that we have seen in other contexts. Last night, a longtime friend who has been infected with the Trump Hate Virus posted to Facebook a news story about some Asian-Americans who were attacked, and wrote that THIS was why it was so, so wrong to name this virus for its origin. As I see every day, this fever post—the creator is a smart woman, I know she is, and capable of reason and clarity, but this is the tragedy of Trump Derangement—immediately received the obligatory thumbs ups, sad faces and angry faces, as well as comments like “Trump has blood on his hands!”

    Do you know how I would respond if that post appeared on my feed?

    “Do you really want to know who has blood on their hands? Idiot politicians in Italy who went around hugging people because they looked like they might be Chinese. I know this isn’t a hoax, there are videos covering the topic are out there. They even include video clips of Chinese looking people in Italy being highly uncomfortable as stranger come up and touch them. (Which kind of defeats the purpose of making them feel more welcome.)
    Those idiots absolutely have blood on their hands. Italy has the highest death rate in the world right now, and no doubt some of those hugs are directly responsible for the deaths of many.”

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