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WaPo Head 'Fact Checker' Glenn Kessler Heckled Over Lab-Leak Flip-Flop
With the COVID-19 'lab leak' theory finally gaining mainstream
legitimacy following recent reports from the Wall Street Journal, and
an admission by Anthony Fauci that he's now open to the possibility,
formerly smug establishment 'fact checkers' are now scrambling to
salvage their reputations after categorically dismissing a lab leak as
a 'debunked conspiracy theory.'
Fact-checking, like virtually everything the corporate media does
to feign superiority, is a total scam: just another way for them to
smuggle their own ideologically-driven disinformation and conspiracy
theories under a more elevated facade: https://t.co/qeFb5J8CP1
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 19, 2021
The latest 'fact checker' to bend the knee is the Washington Post's
Glenn Kessler - who last year issued a snarky tweet to Sen. Ted Cruz
(R-TX) in response to Cruz accusing WaPo of "abandoning all pretenses
of journalism to produce CCP propaganda" in response to Kessler
promoting a video suggesting that an accidental lab leak was
"We deal in facts, and viewers can judge for themselves," Kessler
sniped at Cruz.
I fear @tedcruz missed the scientific animation in the video that
shows how it is virtually impossible for this virus jump from the lab.
Or the many interviews with actual scientists. We deal in facts, and
viewers can judge for themselves. https://t.co/TprMnaHSZL
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) May 1, 2020
Fast forward one year, and Kessler is the proud owner of a highly
ratio'd tweet after being forced to eat crow over his 'fact checking'
with a new article entitled "How the Wuhan lab-leak theory suddenly
Kessler's destroyed credibility did not go unnoticed:
It didn’t “suddenly become credible” it was always credible. It
literally always made the most sense. I understand the desired
narrative media always wanted but didn’t anyone think the most likely
scenario was the virus magically originated feet from the lab that
worked with it? https://t.co/XO4Y5OlKLf
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 25, 2021
You should probably revisit this one. pic.twitter.com/QpZu5eNAQT
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) May 25, 2021
May 2020: UNLIKELY https://t.co/w2CjAtFzHG…
May 2021: CREDIBLE
— Razor (@hale_razor) May 25, 2021
We DeAl In FaCtS!!!! pic.twitter.com/JMoYtaYGcI
— Karen McLaren ❄️ (@Libercon2016) May 25, 2021
I like the line about "actual scientists". But now I'm curious how
could it be "virtually impossible" for a virus to get out of a lab
that studies viruses.
— Greg Scott (@gregsandiego) May 25, 2021
Speaking on the issue of destroyed credibility over early Wuhan
reporting and CCP apologists is retired New York Times science editor,
Nicholas Wade, who slammed the MSM on Sunday for failing to
investigate the origins of COVID-19.
According to Wade, the media failed to "take off its political
glasses" and see beyond facts which are being obscured by the Chinese
"'I think we see a sustained Chinese propaganda effort at work," said
Wade, who was a staff writer for the Science Times section of the NYT
from 1982 to 2012, in an interview with Mark Levin on "Life, Liberty &
"But, you know, more than that, it was just the blindness, if I could
put it that way, of our media — we're too polarized to see scientific
issues for their own sake without putting a political gloss on them,"
Wade continued. "We don't know for sure: The origin of the virus is
just we've got these two possible scenarios. But if you look at all
the evidence and ask yourself, well, which scenario explains all these
facts better on present evidence, it seems, to me at least, that the
lab-escape hypothesis explains it a lot better."
"But it's a sort of complicated conclusion to arrive at, and I can
only assume that the media was blindsided, they didn't do the work
that was necessary."
Let's not mince words Wade, the Media opposed the lab leak theory
because President Trump promoted it, and the CCP has its tentacles
deeply embedded in American propagandists who breathlessly peddle
their talking points.
Don't Let The Media Get Away With U-Turning On The Lab Leak Theory
The theory that COVID-19 originated in a Chinese laboratory has
completed its year-long trudge — from fringe nutjob idea to mainstream
and expert-approved opinion.
Right all along? Sen. Tom Cotton was denounced as a conspiracy
theorist last year for suggesting that SARS-CoV-2 might have emerged
from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (Getty)
Leading scientists and epidemiologists such as none other than Dr
Anthony Fauci were so quick to dismiss the ‘lab talk’. It was first
portrayed as a hare-brained wild and tacitly racist conspiracy theory
driven by paranoid Republican senators and fever-dream right-wing
media. Now it is seen as not only an acceptable theory worth more
study, but one that has broken through into the mainstream. This has
happened in a matter of days. Where does Sen. Tom Cotton go for his
Interestingly enough, the lab leak theory started gaining more
traction — not only in the international community, but in the
scientific community in the United States — right around the same time
that questions of United States government funding of EcoHealth
Alliance, a research and collection group of bat coronaviruses in
China, may have lead to gain-of-function research at the Wuhan
Institute of Virology.
Anthony Fauci denied that this research was happening in Wuhan with US
knowledge but went on to also acknowledge that US officials don’t
really have any idea what’s happening in the lab, thanks to the
secretive nature of China’s communist government — a regime that has
so far successfully put off the pressing questions as to the origins
of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Almost instantaneously, respectable media voices have switched from
writing off the lab leak theory to believing that is somewhere closer
to probable than possible. How does that happen?
A group of 18 scientists, including one who worked in the Wuhan lab,
penned a letter to Science magazine stating the lab leak theory needed
to be investigated further.
Then Donald McNeil Jr, the former New York Times science writer wrote
an extensive explanation of gain-of-function research (the scientific
manipulation of proteins in a virus to make it more susceptible for
human transmission) and why that it’s possible that this research was
being conducted at the Wuhan lab.
Shortly after that post, the dominos began to fall. Just this weekend,
Anthony Fauci himself, who has long derided the lab leak theory,
changed his tune as well, saying that he’s not confident that the
virus did not escape a lab.
Fauci was one of the go-to sources for media eager to write off the
theory altogether. News outlets such as NPR said in April 2020 that
the theory had been ‘debunked’. The Washington Post called it a
‘conspiracy theory that was already debunked’.
The Wuhan lab director called it a ‘pure fabrication’ in Forbes. Well,
she would, wouldn’t she? What was stranger was the western media’s
willingness to take such an obviously compromised figure at her word.
Reuters took China’s lead, using China itself as a source for the
debunking. Lots of the American media appeared reflexively to side
with any news story that was at odds with President Trump or made him
look bad. ‘Anthony Fauci just crushed Donald Trump’s theory on the
origins of the coronavirus,’ wrote noted follower of science Chris
Cillizza on the CNN website. Plus ça change.
What’s more interesting is that minds are now shifting on the lab leak
theory, without all that much significant new evidence. Only after the
media conversation changed did a blockbuster report emerge in the Wall
Street Journal describing how three workers at the Wuhan lab, had
sought hospital care after experiencing severe respiratory problems
way back in November 2019. This was based on previously unreleased
intelligence — the very stuff Republican leaders were dismissed as
cranks for alluding to early last year.
While there is still only an amount of circumstantial evidence
pointing to the lab theory, there is more and more smoke around the
fire. Our corporate media is going to stuff this down the memory hole
and make their previous statements and stances disappear. Experts,
cable news hosts and opinion writers are going to move on as though
they hadn’t spent the last year labeling anyone who attempted to even
explore this theory as a lunatic. Dr Anthony Fauci was one of those
people. He should not be allowed to get away with it.
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