Accuracy in Media

The New York Times chose to be silent over the WHO’s recent praise for China’s investigation of the coronavirus pandemic’s origins, while right-leaning media covered the news.

The newspaper headlined its coronavirus-related news tracker, “E.U. and Japan Push Coronavirus Stimulus Packages: Live Coverage.”

The news tracker included news such as France suspending the use of hydroxychloroquine in trials, E.U.’s proposed stimulus package, and a chef’s efforts to feed the hungry. But the news tracker did not mention the WHO’s praise for China’s investigation into the origins of the coronavirus global pandemic.

Dr. Michael Ryan, the WHO’s Health Emergencies Program chief, said that he was “very pleased to hear a very consistent message coming from China, which is one of openness to such an approach.” His comments came during a press conference on how the WHO is investigating the origins of the coronavirus. Ryan failed to acknowledge that the Chinese government misled the WHO about the coronavirus’s spread at the beginning of the pandemic and how China could have prevented the global pandemic if it had taken appropriate steps to curtail international travel.

Right-leaning media outlets including the Washington Examiner covered the organization’s praise for the Chinese government.

Meanwhile, the New York Times covered the Hong Kong protests, coronavirus testing in Wuhan, China, an extradition case in Canada involving a Chinese company executive, and China’s economic struggles after pandemic restrictions were lifted. There was not a single mention of the WHO’s praise of the Chinese government.

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