FoxNews.com reports that
This time last year, the mainstream media largely dismissed the Wuhan coronavirus lab leak theory as a “fringe” or “conspiracy” theory but with Dr. Anthony Fauci becoming the latest leading figure to question the origins of COVID-19, outlets are increasingly treating it as a serious possibility.
A few examples of how the media were reporting on the lab leak theory a year ago, when Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., suggested it had emerged from a lab known for bat coronavirus experiments:
“Sen. Tom Cotton Repeats Fringe Theory of Coronavirus Origins,” the New York Times wrote.
“Trump says US investigating whether coronavirus spread after China lab mishap but cites no evidence,” a USA Today article read.
“New research explores how conservative media misinformation may have intensified the severity of the pandemic,” the Washington Post wrote.
There were more where those came from, noted conservative writer Drew Holden in a lengthy thread about the media’s fluctuating tone.
Politico referred to the lab leak as a “conspiracy theory” before wondering why more research hadn’t been done on lab experiments, an editorial phenomenon that Holden described as “amnesia.”
CNN’s headline from May 5, 2020 was perhaps most bold, declaring Fauci “crushed” then-President Trump’s theory on the lab leak.
“Enter Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and perhaps the single most prominent doctor in the world at the moment,” Chris Cillizza wrote at the time. “In an interview with National Geographic posted on Monday night, Fauci was definitive about the origins of the virus which has sickened more than a million Americans and killed more than 68,000:
“If you look at the evolution of the virus in bats and what’s out there now, [the scientific evidence] is very, very strongly leaning toward this could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated … Everything about the stepwise evolution over time strongly indicates that [this virus] evolved in nature and then jumped species.”
Having quoted both men, Cillizza added, “Only one of these two people is a world-renowned infectious disease expert. And it’s not Donald Trump.”
But Fauci said over the weekend that he’s “not convinced” the coronavirus developed naturally.
“No actually,” Fauci, said. “I am not convinced about that, I think we should continue to investigate what went on in China until we continue to find out to the best of our ability what happened.”
Granting credence to the previously “fringe” idea that COVID-19 originated and escaped from a Wuhan lab is a new Wall Street Journal report that revealed researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were hospitalized in November 2019, a month before COVID-19 was first reported in Wuhan, as the researchers were stricken with symptoms that were similar to those experienced by COVID patients. Holden wondered whether these same outlets would “revisit” their earlier reporting, based on current knowledge.
Former New York Times reporter Donald McNeil, who previously viewed the lab leak theory skeptically, wrote last week on the increased plausibility of the leak theory. The Washington Post’s Josh Rogin, who reported last year on State Department cables in 2018 warning of security risks at the Wuhan lab, said it was good to see major newsrooms pursuing the story in the wake of the Wall Street Journal report.
“Major media outlets spent a year demonizing the lab-leak theory as an insane conspiracy theory,” journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted. “Fact-checkers pronounced it false … Mainstream outlets are now forced to admit its viability. Any accountability?”
Perhaps this modern-day plague did come from bats…only not in the way that the Chinese Government claims that it did.
WashingtonTimes.com reported March 30, 2020 that
Chinese government researchers isolated more than 2,000 new viruses, including deadly bat coronaviruses, and carried out scientific work on them just three miles from a wild animal market identified as the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Several Chinese state media outlets in recent months touted the virus research and lionized in particular a key researcher in Wuhan, Tian Junhua, as a leader in bat virus work.
The coronavirus strain now infecting hundreds of thousands of people globally mutated from bats believed to have infected animals and people at a wild animal market in Wuhan. The exact origin of the virus, however, remains a mystery.
Reports of the extensive Chinese research on bat viruses likely will fuel more calls for Beijing to make public what it knows about such work.
“This is one of the worst cover-ups in human history, and now the world is facing a global pandemic,” Rep. Michael T. McCaul, Texas Republican and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said last week. Mr. McCaul has said China should be held accountable for the pandemic.
A video posted online in December and funded by the Chinese government shows Mr. Tian inside caves in Hubei province taking samples from captured bats and storing them in vials.
“I am not a doctor, but I work to cure and save people,” Mr. Tian says in the video. “I am not a soldier, but I work to safeguard an invisible national defense line.”
Now, I’m just spitballin’ here (And, I can do this because it is an “Opinion Piece”) but, it is beyond logic that “Mr.” Tian’s samples wound up in a certain local laboratory?
Dany Shoham, a former Israeli military intelligence officer who has studied Chinese biological warfare, said the institute is linked to Beijing’s covert bio-weapons program.
“Certain laboratories in the institute have probably been engaged, in terms of research and development, in Chinese [biological weapons], at least collaterally, yet not as a principal facility of the Chinese BW Alignment.
…In 1993, China declared a second facility, the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products, as one of eight biological warfare research facilities covered by the Biological Weapons Convention, which China joined in 1985.
The Wuhan Institute of Biological Products is a civilian facility but is linked to the Chinese defense establishment. Mr. Shoham said it is thought to be involved in the Chinese Biological Weapons Convention program. China’s vaccine against SARS is probably produced there. – The Washington Times, 1/26/20
On March 20th of last year, I wrote
“I don’t know about you, gentle readers, but I view the actions of these Far Left cowardly, whiny, anti-American, seditious, traitorous, Liberal Democrats and their allies on Capitol Hill and in the Main Stream Media as being absolutely reprehensible.
There are Americans dying and losing their jobs because of a virus originating from a Communist country who wants to wipe us off the face of the Earth and these oblivious idiots are actually defending them, proclaiming that it is racist to identify the coronavirus as coming from China!
Are you kidding me?
Trump could wave his hand and part the Potomac River and these idiots would say that he did not spread the waters far enough apart.
I’m sitting here on Thursday night tired from my actual job and these ungrateful bozos have finally tweaked my last nerve.
Their reckless behavior is directly responsible for the hoarding of meat, bread, milk, cleaning products, and, yes, toilet paper to the point to where grocery stores like Walmart and Kroger are having to have security escort the pallets of toilet paper to the aisle and stand there so that the stockers can actually get the product on the shelves without a riot ensuing.”
And now, the Democrat Minions known as the Main Stream Media are beginning to report on the possibility of the Chinese Coronavirus originating from the Wuhan Institute of Technology as if it is some kind of new information, unheard of before.
The Chinese need to be held accountable for the Coronavirus Pandemic and well as those political figures and members of the Main Stream Media who have been defending them and covering for them since the pandemic began.
Whether it was an accident or it was deliberate, all of those Americans and all of those around the world who have died deserve for the truth to be known and for responsibility to be taken.
And, for you Liberals who have not figured it out yet, it most certainly wasn’t Trump.
Until He Comes,
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