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Leftist Media Parrots Chinese Communist Party Propaganda on Wuhan Flu

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lijian Zhao is patting himself on the back for China’s response to the Wuhan Flu.

On Twitter, he stated “3. Chinese spox: Countries like Singapore, ROK took necessary measures & put the epidemics under control because they made full use of this precious time China bought for the world. As for whether US availed itself of this window, I believe the fact is witnessed by US &the world.”

 

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This provoked a response from conservative commentator Kurt Schlichter.

He tweeted, “The liberal media is parroting the propaganda of its communist masters.”

What Schlichter is referring to is embodied in an article by the New York Times writer Ian Johnson titled “China Bought the West Time. The West Squandered It”

Johnson praised China for being more proactive while the U.S. and other countries were more “reactive”:

…..the attitude toward the coronavirus outbreak in the United States and much of Europe has been bizarrely reactive, if not outright passive — or that the governments in those regions have let pass their best chance to contain the virus’s spread. Having seen a kind of initial denial play out already in China, I feel a sense of déjà vu. But while China had to contend with a nasty, sudden surprise, governments in the West have been on notice for weeks.

However, China expert Gordon Chang argues that China should not be trusted when it comes to the numbers of deaths related to the Wuhan Flu. The country is already known for its secrecy and censorship.

In addition, the Chinese government has censored much coverage of what’s taking place in the country and there is still speculation about what truly took place in Wuhan.

Nevertheless, the Trump administration has taken rational measures like banning travel to China, while his Democrat opponents yammer on about open borders and “racism.” In the globalist era, countries with questionable health infrastructure like China can easily “export” their illnesses via frequent travel. Hence, the need for strong borders and strict controls on who can enter countries.

The level of Trump Derangement Syndrome has gotten so bad that leftists will use Chinese Communist Party narratives to try to criticize Trump and undermine his agenda.

That’s where we’re at in 2020.

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Starbucks Barista FIRED After Refusing to Wear “Pride” T-Shirt for Religious Reasons, According to Lawsuit

She is a Christian and was apparently told by her manager that she didn’t have to wear it.

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A former Starbucks barista is filing an unlawful discrimination lawsuit against the coffee giant, claiming they fired her for refusing to wear a “Pride” t-shirt that violated her Christian religious convictions.

Betsy Fresse started working as a barista in December 2015. After transferring to a Glen Ridge, New Jersey, store in early 2019, managers apparently “assured” her that her Christian faith wouldn’t be an issue.

Then in June 2019, she noticed a box of Pride shirts on a desk and asked if they’d make her wear one. Her store manager said she wouldn’t have to, but two months later she found herself out of a job after being terminated by a district manager.

A notice of separation claims that Fresse was fired for violating Starbucks’ “core values.” It specifically mentions an incident where she said her colleagues “need Jesus” when given the “Pride” shirt.

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Starbucks maintains that “no part of our dress code requires partners to wear any approved items that they have not personally selected” and that Fresse’s claims are “without merit,” in a comment to the New York Post.

So Starbucks denies that she was fired for not wearing the shirt, yet their notice of separation appears to claim that they fired her for something she said about Jesus. Not a good look either way.

Fresse is seeking backpay, punitive damages, money to cover the cost of an attorney, and a permanent injunction that prevents Starbucks from “failing to accommodate […] sincerely held religious beliefs.”

Starbucks has long been a major player in the world of Woke Capital. Back in February Big League Politics reported on how the British branch of Starbucks was raising money for a pro-transgender lobbying group:

The U.K. branch of Starbucks is raising money to push for the chemical castration and surgical mutilation of children.

Nathanael Blake at The Federalist reported that the multinational titan is selling special mermaid-shaped cookies to help the pro-transgender lobbying group Mermaids. Curiously, the group’s founder took her underage son to Thailand to undergo a castration procedure.

Blake correctly observed “That Starbucks is supporting this group illustrates how thoroughly radicals have conquered both the LGBT movement and corporate culture.”

He also called attention to how “In a few years the fight has shifted from government recognition of same-sex relationships as legal marriages to mastectomies, sterilization, and castration for children.”

Here’s hoping that Betsy Fresse is successful in her lawsuit.

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