Former NY Times Science Editor Slams Media Over Dismissal of COVID Lab Origin

Says press was complicit in amplifying "a sustained Chinese propaganda effort."

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Former New York Times science editor Nicholas Wade slammed the mainstream media for its early attempts to amplify Chinese propaganda by dismissing the lab leak origin of COVID as a “conspiracy theory.”

After a U.S. intelligence report confirmed that three researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology became so sick in November 2019 that they required hospital treatment, it’s become untenable for the media to continue to claim the whole issue is baseless.

According to Wade, the U.S. media was complicit in “a sustained Chinese propaganda effort” because of its failure to “take off its political glasses” and look at the cold hard facts.

“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 added. “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.”

Wade also told host Mark Levin that the media “didn’t do the work that was necessary” due to the complicated nature of the theory.

“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,” commented Zero Hedge.

With numerous prominent voices and official entities now being forced to backtrack and acknowledge that the lab leak origin is a real possibility, media outlets and fact checkers are scrambling to reverse previous statements on the issue.

As we highlighted earlier, Washington Post journalist Glenn Kessler slammed Senator Ted Cruz last year for accusing U.S. news outlets of amplifying Chinese propaganda by dismissing the lab leak theory.

Now Kessler is facing ridicule after he reported that the lab leak origin is “credible.”

Last week, Politifact was also forced to pull a ‘fact check’ that claimed it had “debunked” the lab leak origin theory of COVID-19.

If proven true that news outlets and fact checkers helped facilitate one of the biggest cover-ups in history, how can they ever be trusted again to wield the kind of power over narrative that results in mass social media censorship of such information?

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