Martin Williams
3 minute read
5 Feb 2020
6:23 am

Coronavirus outbreak has contaminated the truth

Martin Williams

China has been flooding the media with news and propaganda. Sceptics doubt some of the quoted figures, while the bias in Chinese commentary is bizarre.

Martin Williams, DA councillor and former editor of The Citizen.

China’s astonishing ability to build a functioning 1,000-bed hospital in 10 days must rank as one of the wonders of the modern world. A second such facility, with 1,600 beds, is due to open today. Amazing. South Africans, who are accustomed to seeing big projects take much longer than expected, look with envy. Imagine how much better our lives would be if Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations were built with similar speed. For starters, we would not have rolling outages, punctuated by confusing communication, effectively information blackouts. But let’s not forget there’s a propaganda war afoot. China is on...