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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FoxNews.com reports that
CNN reporter John Harwood suggested on Tuesday that President Trump showed authoritarian tendencies for questioning the legitimacy of a reporter who peppered him with questions about his cooperation with China.
During Monday’s coronavirus task force briefing, an unidentified reporter for Hong Kong-based Phoenix TV addressed Trump: “Mr. President, only last week there were multiple flights coming from China, full of medical supplies. Companies like Huawei and Ali Baba have been donating to the United States like $1.5 million, N95 masks, and also a lot of medical gloves, and much more medical supplies.”
“Sounds like a statement more than a question,” Trump replied. The reporter went on to cite a Chinese ambassador’s op-ed calling for cooperation with the United States. “Are you personally, working directly with China?” she asked.
After Trump cited his trade agreement with China, the reporter again asked whether he was cooperating with China. “Who are you working for? China?” Trump responded.
On CNN’s “New Day,” Harwood cited the exchange as part of a pattern of “lashing out, again, at the legitimacy of criticism itself.”
“He went after a reporter and said do you work for China? … This is the kind of thing he did, we remember, in 2016 when he said, well, it’s a Mexican judge, I’m trying to build a wall, they can’t be fair. That is not the case. There is expertise within the government.
“He has disregarded that expertise. And now he’s trying — I think he feels a sense of injustice that the good conditions that he was running for re-election on have been taken away and he’s reacting, in a way, frankly, that authoritarian leaders behave. You can’t question me, I’m the leader of the country, what I say is true.”
Phoenix TV is partially owned by a company backed by China’s government, and U.S. intelligence has reportedly identified the station as a propaganda outlet.
In 2005, The Washington Post reported that Phoenix TV CEO Liu Changle served in the People’s Liberation Army and worked as a “military journalist” for Central People’s Radio, a state-owned outlet that was later renamed “China National Radio.” The Hoover Institution at Stanford University previously labeled Phoenix TV as “quasi-official” state media, adding it was “completely controlled by Chinese government.”
Curtis Houck, managing editor for the conservative website Newsbusters, wasn’t surprised by Harwood’s statement.
“There is no bottom for liberal ‘journalists’ like Harwood,” Houck told Fox News on Tuesday.
“It was ludicrous that CNN hired him and he’s continued to beclown himself by standing up for the authoritarian, communist regime due to his deep-seated disdain for Trump. It’s harder to find a worse example of Trump Derangement Syndrome then choosing Beijing over Washington simply because of who’s the U.S. President.”
In a 2005 interview with the Post, Phoenix TV’s Liu Changle openly discussed the “tightrope” he was walking in dealing with the Beijing government.
“If we do everything the government wants, people will treat us with contempt,” he reportedly said. “If we follow the people completely, the government will wipe us out … It can be very uncomfortable.”
Other organizations have shed light on the outlet’s ties to China’s government. A research analyst from Freedom House, a pro-democracy group, previously testified that the outlet’s coverage is “typically favorable” to the Chinese Communist Party and airs televised confessions of the party’s critics.
“Such coverage is perhaps not coincidental, considering that CCTV reportedly holds a 10 percent stake in Phoenix,” a research analyst from the group said.
The depth of their grief and the blind rage of their ensuing temper tantrum has, without a doubt, wiped out any vestiges of journalistic integrity that remained after decades of being the Propaganda Arm of the Democratic Party.
President-elect Trump will never be able to please the Main Stream Media.
Nor should he have to.
The Presidency of the United States of America is the most important leadership position on the Face of God’s Green Earth.
The Main Stream Media knows that.
The problem is the Main Stream Media is still having a conniption fit (Southern colloquialism for being upset over something to the point insanity) over the election of Donald J. Trump as the next President by us rubes here in Flyover Country.
The Main Stream Media not only lost their meal ticket with the defeat of the Queen of Mean, Hillary Clinton, but they also have been “punked” for last three years by Donald J. Trump, who treats them like a school of Largemouth Bass, baiting the hook with the promise of a big announcement or story, causing them to pack the room wherever Trump is speaking, only to find out that they have been used to gain free publicity for Mr. Trump and whatever cause he is trying to forward that day.
Or, refusing to play nice with them when they slander him.
As I have noted before, Trump has made the Media look tremendously naïve and stupid on several occasions, in scenes reminiscent of Lucy Van Pelt promising to hold the football for Charlie Brown to kick, only to pull it away at the last minute leaving a helpless Charlie Brown to wipe out, tumbling head over heels.
The Main Stream Media are no longer in control of the dissemination of the news…and they know it.
Between Trump’s playing them like Charlie Daniels playing a fiddle and average Americans becoming their own reporters through the use of Social Media, “professional journalists” have watched their influence over the daily lives of Americans dwindle and diminish right before their very eyes.
Unfortunately, the lies will just keep on coming from both the Democratic Party and their Propaganda Arm, the Main Stream Media.
Like the attention-seeking spoiled brats that they are, the Main Stream Media believe that they can get away with anything…even defending a representative of the country which has caused a worldwide pandemic.
That is why grandstanding idiots like Harwood feel ’empowered” to show the entire world their backside and to be everything but professional toward the President of the United States of America.
Harwood and grandstanding grieving Democratic Propagandists like him are why President Trump decided to pull the plug on the normal daily White House Press Briefings to begin with.
Americans want their news to be just that: Information about the events going on around them, delivered by unbiased professional reporters.
If they want to see two guys yell nonsensically at each other, they will tune into the WWE’s “Monday Night Raw” or Tuesday Night’s “Smackdown Live”.
Americans are now living in a time when the Main Stream Media’s blatant propaganda is no longer believed at face value, as the evidence which refutes it is appearing in the live videos and photographs being shared on Facebook and other Social Media.
Average Americans are winning the war against the “New Fascism” of the Tyranny of the Minority by the sharing of information through Social Media.
Self-righteous Liberals, masquerading as Broadcast “Journalists”, like Harwood and the rest of the Main Stream Media, need to wake up and smell what they’re shoveling before their version of “Broadcast Journalism” goes the way of the dinosaurs…
…after the Americans who are still watching tune them out to watch cat videos on Facebook.
Until He Comes,