TEXAS – While most aren’t shocked anymore by the likes of mainstream media outlets spreading propaganda regarding COVID, a November 28th opinion piece published by NBC that was purportedly written by a high school junior in Texas sinks to ridiculous levels.
The article titled “Zoe Yu: Covid isn’t over. Texas schools pretend it is, and leave students to fend for ourselves” comes from the perspective of high school junior Zoe Yu – ostensibly aged between 16 to 17 given the grade – and Yu advocates for mask mandates in schools.
While it’s not so outrageous to think that there’d be some high school-aged kids milling about and advocating for mask mandates, the opinion piece published by NBC News certainly doesn’t seem as though it was actually written by someone between the ages of 16 and 17.
Take for example some of these excerpts from this piece supposedly written by the high school junior referred to as Zoe Yu:
- “Stepping back on campus, I saw throngs of students jammed into the hallways like sardines without any protection from mask or vaccination mandates.”
- “There’s also the indirect pressure of missing out on quintessential high school experiences.”
- “My peers have reposted photos on social media of mask burnings and infographics dubbing the mask a tyrannical form of governmental control and a metaphor for sickness, gullibility and irrational fear.”
- “During fiery school board meetings in my district, parents armed with pseudoscience fight for their children’s ‘right to breathe.’”
- “This precarious balancing act of being a student during a pandemic is being made even more challenging because we lack the support system and safety measures of a school that takes Covid seriously.”
Those are merely a few examples from the opinion piece published that are strikingly odd, namely because this sort of phraseology doesn’t seem as though it would be coming from a high school student, especially in today’s world.
Obviously, when someone is writing, they might deviate a bit from how they communicate orally, adding in some stylistic flair from time to time. But there’s still always going to be utilized verbiage that will betray (to a degree) whether someone is reading something written by a child versus an adult.
However, it simply seems farfetched that someone likely 16 or 17 years old would use a phrase like “throngs of students” instead of something more commonly used like “crowds,” especially considering that the word “throngs” is hardly used in the modern lexicon considering it’s a relic of the Middle English period and started to see its decline in usage post 1850.
Same goes with this high school junior’s usage of other adjectives that are hardly used by even today’s middle-aged adults, such as “quintessential” and “precarious.” This opinion article just doesn’t pass the smell test of actually being dreamt up and drafted by someone who could’ve reasonably been watching “Dora The Explorer” for educational and entertainment purposes as recently as ten years ago.
Thus, this sparked enough personal intrigue to do some digging and learn who exactly this Zoe Yu is.
At the bottom of the NBC News opinion piece was an expanded byline credit that contained an extremely brief about-the-author section that read “Zoe Yu is a high school junior and writer. You can find her on Twitter @zoegraceyu.”
When scoping out the Twitter account, which is active, it shows that the date the account was created was March of 2021 – which seems like an odd time to suddenly cook up a Twitter account for someone who claimed in their opinion piece that they hadn’t “set foot in a physical classroom in almost two years” during the onset of the 2021-2022 school year.
And the first time the Twitter account was used was to retweet something from Medium (a blogging website) in May of 2021 that promoted none other than a blog written by Zoe Yu that went from topics like BLM, to defunding police, to “the uptick in hate crimes against Asian Americans.”
Just as with the NBC News opinion piece, this blog post just seemed too much to be coming from someone who may have been as young as 15 at the time it was drafted and published. Furthermore, with platforms like Medium, there are no editors that insert themselves to jazz up the writing or ensure it adheres to a specific style.
According to the Medium profile for Zu, she’s been making blogs under said account since January of 2020 – with the first piece coming in the form of a clickbait listicle titled “15 Things To Do Instead of Actually Working.”
One thing in particular that I noticed from the January 2020 listicle published by this “high schooler” named Yu was the suggestion “Stalk your ex-best friend from the second grade on Instagram. Accidentally like a picture from 2004.” There’s just one small problem with that suggestion: Instagram didn’t exist in 2004 – it was first released in 2010.
Additionally, while this listicle was clearly written in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, if Yu is really a high school junior today, she (and her high school peers in her alleged grade) wouldn’t likely have photos of themselves from 2004 considering they were either newborns or not even born yet.
A simple mistake, or a Freudian slip?
Zoe Yu: Covid isn't over. Texas schools pretend it is, and leave students to fend for ourselves. https://t.co/NEhL9OK2Xn
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 28, 2021
There there’s another Medium post by Yu written in May of 2020 titled “The Most Controversial Twitter Stunt of 2019” which focused on a 2019 Twitter trend that bore embedded tweets. But remember, Yu didn’t establish a Twitter account until March of 2021, and published a Medium piece 10 months earlier that explored a Twitter trend that took place in March of 2019.
Isn’t is also odd that someone that just started blogging in January of 2020, who at the time was ostensibly as young as 15 and possibly 14, managed to publish a book available on Amazon titled “Our Era is Now: 14 Remarkable Women Who Rewrote History” by August of that same year. And from there, this high school student not only has bylines in NBC News, but also has three in Business Insider from 2021?
Can you start to see where this is going?
The deeper one goes into this, this “Yu” character reeks of being something to the effect of a pen name – someone is obviously crafting these articles – but the actual person behind the pieces just doesn’t add up to someone who was supposed to be born around or after the Boston Red Sox’s historic 2004 World Series win.
And of the published work by Yu within Business Insider, they all highlight her being a youth, with article titles having phrases like “as a high schooler” and “according to a high schooler.”
Not to mention, the piece from NBC News revolves around Yu being a high school student talking about masking up in schools – which appears to be a means to capitalize on what I call the “Greta Thunberg Effect,” meaning that someone would be more likely to digest and form a sort of dogma via hardly new, regurgitated opinions that are now simply coming from the vessel of a child.
The effect of this works to a degree, since Greta Thunberg is nothing more than a child who reiterated years’ old Al Gore talking points, just like David Hogg adopted the same talking points that Michael Bloomberg was spouting off while Hogg was learning the alphabet.
It’s an insidious form of propaganda, and it seems that, when it comes to mask mandates, folks will go as far as to seemingly adopt the persona of a high school student to spread it.
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