This is life under state media
The long-established press ridiculed the laboratory leak theory for months. Now minimize it while doing it for Dr. Fauci take cover.
Everyone understands that the Soviet Union tried to cover up the Chernobyl disaster, but what is less known is that it did it before. In 1957, an accident at a plutonium production facility near the remote city of Kyshtym in the Urals resulted in the spread of radioactive particles over tens of thousands of square kilometers in the USSR. Nearby population centers were evacuated (slowly), but it wasn’t until the late 1970s that a defector began to reveal the true extent of the incident.
The Soviets, as it should be obvious, weren’t the first people you watched over your nuclear reactor (or repair your car or …). Nevertheless, it has to be left to the clerks: at least when they lied, they were acting in the interests of their own glorious fatherland. It would never have occurred to them to cover up the truth of a deadly emergency in the name of a rival power. But somehow that’s the corner that our elite media has huddled into. By mocking the possibility that the coronavirus came from a Chinese facility for months, by now further whitewashing that possibility, they have effectively relegated themselves to water carriers for Beijing.
Drop … drop … drop …the revelations revolve around the so-called laboratory leak theory as new testimony and documents force us to reassess what we thought we knew about the pandemic. Scientists have now admitted that laboratory leaks are absolutely valid, while a handful even say it is more plausible than zoonosis, the previously prevailing idea that the virus was transmitted from animal to human. By doing Wall Street Journal, explain two researchers that the coronavirus carries the genetic fingerprint of a gain-of-function experiment. By doing Nuclear Scientists BulletinAuthor Nicholas Wade points to the presence of a so-called “furin cleavage site” in the spike protein of COVID-19, which probably did not evolve naturally and which the Wuhan Institute of Virology previously inserted into viruses.
In the sunlight came the news that three researchers from the Wuhan laboratory in question became mysteriously ill in the fall of 2019 and had symptoms related to COVID-19. Emails from Dr. Anthony Fauci’s inbox, released earlier this month, shows he was informed that the coronavirus looked “constructed” in January 2020 only to reverse course shortly afterwards. And on their heels is a secret scientific report dated May 2020 warning that the pandemic may have escaped from a laboratory.
There are rumors in the scientific community that those who believed a laboratory leak were suppressed and silenced. Katherine Eban at Vanity fairnotes that a non-academic letter in the prestigious lancet Journal effectively classified the theory as xenophobic and stigmatized dissent. UnHerd’s Ian Birrell documents further corruption in the leading scientific journals, saying that they have been slow to research laboratory leaks and that possibly one reason was Chinese funding. Jamie Metzl, advisor to the World Health Organization and a self-proclaimed “progressive democrat”, accuses them lancet the “brawl” and demands the resignation of the publication’s editor-in-chief.
Drop … drop … drop …And if there is a leaky plug, it certainly can’t be like the Soviet Union, can it? It’s not like CNN, NBC and the Washington Post obscured the laboratory leak theory, and Vanity fair is a mainstream publication. But open censorship is rare as media repression will work in America in 2021. Reporters would not ignore a meltdown in Kyshtym today; they would bury it, banish it to page A21, load it with disclaimers about “right-wing conspiracy theorists”. This is exactly what is happening here. Open the front page of any older news publication, tune into any newscast, and you’ll find out all about the G7 summit, the infrastructure negotiations, the Capitol uprising, and the stagnating vaccination rates.
But nothing about the greatest story in the world right now, maybe the greatest story of my life. Remember: China may have made a virus that killed nearly four million people and then covered it up. That this is even possible is frightening; it could be in the wrong hands casus belli. What happens to our diplomacy now that we know Beijing to a minimum and have lied about COVID early and often? What about a scientific establishment that appears corrupted by political correctness and groupthink? What does this mean for public trust?
One would think that the press would seriously want to investigate these questions – and conjure up a name out of the hat here – Dr. Anthony Fauci. But during an interview last week with Chuck Todd, that ridiculous lawn gnome on guard in the front yard of the Biden administration, a discussion of lab leaks quickly turned into softballs about the irretrievable idiocy of Fauci’s right-wing critics. And Fauci was just too adept to play along: “You don’t just grab Dr. Anthony Fauci, ”said Dr. Anthony Fauci his critics, “You attack science!” The two are one and the same, you see. That Todd had just been confronted with the epidemiological equivalent of a filthy cop screaming “I” am the law !! “did not seem to bother him. Farce, he had used an earlier reply from Fauci as an opportunity to bring Russia up for discussion.
I’m not saying Todd Fauci had to kick karate, and I agree that some of Fauci’s critics are overheated. But with all of the revelations floating around right now, imagine what an actual practicing journalist could have done with this interview. And what is state media if not media that protect state employees? There is no government spokesman who could have defended Fauci better than Todd.
At least, ABC News’s Jonathan Karl admitted last week that reporters had previously neglected evidence of laboratory leaks. The question now is why so many of them still do it. It is true that America has an “adversarial press”, but the adversary is not so much lies or corruption or the mighty these days; It’s a perceived chorus of conservative whackjobs that somehow always prove to be right. Nonetheless, those of us who flinch at the yellow and screaming nature of some right-wing media outlets should be grateful for their existence. Otherwise we might have to wait another 20 years for the truth to emerge.