Why is it that certain former Australian prime ministers can be counted on to spread the lies of China?
Amir Husain is a Punjabi-born computer technician and artificial intelligence entrepreneur, a very successful one. Whether or not that makes him a “scientist” can be debated another day. Short answer now: no, he isn’t. What can be said with certainty is that Husain’s opinions on coronavirus are no more compelling than a taxi driver’s. Medicine, pharmacology, epidemiology – these are subjects he’s not qualified to comment on, not at a level either we or a former Prime Minister of Australia should regard as definitive anyway. Moreover, if the Forbes train wreck Malcolm Turnbull approvingly links to is any guide, Husain must be regarded as a dishonest hack with an axe to grind against America in general and Donald Trump in particular. That’s not all: he argues the COVID-19 crisis proves that China is winning the hearts and minds of the entire world. Let’s start with the following blatant lies upon which “scientist” Husain builds his case:
These are ridiculous left-wing Twitter whoppers that have been debunked by just about every fact-checker out there, including Politifact. President Trump did not “eliminate” a pandemic response team and did not “shun” WHO tests. Politifact traces the original Twitter appearance of these (and other bogus claims) to an unknown ‘comedian’ named D.L. Hughley. That, it seems, is scientific enough for Mr Artificial Intelligence. What could possibly motivate Husain to put forth this kind of low-grade propaganda? Mmm:
These are also Chinese Communist Party talking points – more vomit-inducing than usual. Whether they were bought and paid for in this instance who can say? Certainly, there is a lot of money to be made for an ambitious AI entrepreneur in – or from – China. Some very worried investors have a large vested interest in rehabilitating a country likely to be avoided like bat soup by most of the world’s economies when they begin the long process of commercial repatriation necessary to insulate themselves from a nuclear superpower run by evil bumpkins like President Xi. As a rule, former prime ministers are not supposed to associate their names with spivs of this ilk. It’s bad for the country and projects division – exploitable division. Of course, that assumes such former prime ministers are not spivs themselves. In contemporary Australia, that’s assuming a lot.