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Chinese Communist Party Hires American Shills To Blame White-Tailed Deer For Covid
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“China is the new super-abuser that has arrived in global social media,” a former Chinese social media content moderator told The New York Times in 2021. “The goal is not to win, but to cause chaos and suspicion until there is no real truth.”
According to The Times, the Chinese Communist Party was recruiting popular foreign YouTubers to insert party narratives into a platform that Chinese people are not allowed to use.
Although subjects of that story admitted receiving free hotel stays and other perks, the Times was unable to confirm that any of the YouTubers they questioned had accepted direct payment in return for their participation in the scheme.
Now one of them, Englishman Joey Barrett, has finally been exposed as a paid shill for the CCP by his fellow YouTubers. Matthew Tye and Winston Sterzel have the ‘smoking gun’ emails at 16:15 in the video embedded above.
“Long story short, we were approached by someone who wanted us to do political things for the Chinese government,” Sterzel explains. A 41-year-old native of South Africa, he has lived in China for 14 years.
The two men asked for an example of the content they were being asked to create. “They sent us an example of one of the very well-known propagandist shills for the CCP, you know, these compromised influencers, and it was” Barrett, Sterzel says.
Tye, 36, has lived in China for a decade and went into business with Sterzel to open a bike shop. They were approached through the old email address associated with that company, which also did media, Tye explains. “We used to use it when we talked to fixers, and things like that.”
“So what we did was, we strung them along. And my goal was to get them to admit that they paid some of the other shills to do stuff, and they literally served it to me on a silver platter.”
“I said, ‘give me an example of someone that was paid to do Chinese propaganda’ and they sent me this video” of Barrett, Tye continues.
Then a few months ago came another offer from “Joey” to pay Sterzel and Tye for yet another propaganda video. This one was supposed to blame the American white-tailed deer for Covid-19.
As if on cue, Barrett posted a YouTube video blaming American “deers” for Covid.
Most media outlets were responsible in their reporting on the study of Covid-19 in the North American white-tailed deer population that made news this spring.
In headlines, subheadings, and introductory paragraphs, American newspapers made it clear that humans transmitted the virus to deer early in the pandemic, then again with each variant thereafter.
White-tailed deer have also transmitted the virus back to humans at least three times. A “reservoir species” is not unusual in nature, but this still does not mean that Covid-19 came from inside an American deer rather than a Wuhan laboratory.
Keen to cast doubt that Covid came from anywhere in China, the CCP was looking for YouTubers to blame innocent “deers” for the virus. They found two kinds of willing helpers: the ideological and the status-seeking.
Sterzel and Tye, who run the YouTube channel China Fact Chasers (Patreon), are regime critics. Like half the foreigners residing in China before Covid, they have left the country, and now live in the United States working through contacts still in China.
In other videos, they expose the “tofu-dreg” style of shoddy construction found all over China, hidden poverty and homelessness in Chinese cities, endemic pollution in major cities, make-work projects such as escalators to nowhere, and the rancid state of total public corruption everywhere.
They wanted to publicize what they knew about Barrett but held the story while they waited to see who else would put themselves out on YouTube. Their patience paid off.
Jason Unruhe, a Canadian YouTuber who describes his politics as “Maoist-Third Worldist,” also took money from the Chinese Communist Party, which he has criticized for being insufficiently communist, to mislead his audience.
“Basically, the video that we were told we’d be paid 2,000 US dollars to put on our channel, this guy did,” Sterzel says.
Most of the 55-minute run time of the video embedded above is focused on CCP efforts to evade transparency. Facebook, we learn, has done a fair job of identifying government-run accounts, whereas YouTube has ignored the problem.
Rather than censor these outlets, they argue the correct label is good enough. Let the viewer know who is paying for the content and let them make up their own minds.
Using emails they obtained, Sterzel and Tye show that American vlogger Cyrus Jannsen negotiated with Chinese state media outlet CGTN for a sketchy method of payment. Janssen’s response email to them is a smoking gun.
The conclusion China Fact Chasers draw from their investigation is that every westerner appearing on Chinese state media is on the take. “All of these guys have been on that same show” as Janssen, Sterzel says. “So that means they have been paid to appear on that show.”
Sterzel and Tye have a buddy-cop energy. In their videos, they discuss the “white monkey” phenomenon of Caucasian actors being paid to sell products in advertisements, white businessmen serving as figurehead CEOs, and otherwise front for Chinese concerns. Covid origins propaganda seems to be another example of the phenomenon.
What fascinates this writer, using the benefit of hindsight, is how Dr. Anthony Fauci served as an unpaid shill or ‘white monkey’ for Chinese Covid origins propaganda.
Of course, Fauci’s concerns were not monetary. His interest before the pandemic was ‘gain of function’ research at the Wuhan lab, and once the pandemic had begun, his interest lay in concealing any role that research might have played in the outbreak.
The reader may pause to remember what happened next.
Sensible questions about the origins of Covid, and the possibility of a lab origin, were denounced by the media hall monitors as RACIST HATE.
The questioners were purged from social media at the behest of quasi-state partnerships that a federal judge recently found unconstitutional.
The ‘emergencies’ of early 2021 justified those partnerships, which instantly expanded their scope to include a wishlist of oppressive speech rules about issues far afield of pandemics or Covid.
Vaccine skeptics were dehumanized, denounced, and fired.
Children languished in the absence of normal social interactions at school.
The acolytes of wokeness took on the mask and all its new behaviors as deliberate political signalling.
But Americans chafed under Chinese-style social credit systems. The nascent ‘Covid class’ was unpopular, and now it has been decisively defeated. Twitter went too far by banning the Babylon Bee over a joke headline about Rachel Levine and the rest, as they say, is history. The reaction against the nascent ‘Covid class’ that seemed to hold all the reins of power in 2021 has succeeded in throwing them off.
Even in China, the contradictions of the regime proved to be too much. Lockdowns eventually had to end in order to prevent civil unrest. Sterzel and Tye have noted all the public trappings of Covid-era China, such as wall murals promoting tests and vaccines, being covered up or erased.
Today, China’s economy is contracting, potentially threatening a global recession — or perhaps just a decoupling of the world from its former factory. China could use the time alone.
The world could do with less Chinese-style governance and fewer dangerous experiments in shambolic Chinese laboratories. Liberalism also needs space to push back against the new, Maoist left across the west and reassert the rights of the individual. Americans can see where the Klaus Schwab approach is leading and they increasingly want no part of it.
In China, no one can be an ‘influencer’ without the permission of the party. “This what we’re seeing more and more,” Sterzel says in another recent video. “Because if you’re now putting things out to the western world, and you’re not at least guided, censored, and controlled by the CCP, you can get in a lot of trouble.”
At their most shallow, Americans still want ‘authenticity,’ whatever that is, in their ‘influencers.’ These Chinese functions are not ones that most of us want to gain.
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