Like many mainstream media outlets last year 9News treated conservatives with contempt for suggesting COVID-19 may have originated in a Wuhan laboratory.
Amid this weekend’s bombshell report in the Wall Street Journal renewing skepticism about the virus’s origins, we thought it would be a good time to take a walk down memory lane.
Pssshhh. Scientists. What do they know? I mean, except for science. But who cares about that?
— Chris Vanderveen (@chrisvanderveen) March 4, 2020
— Marshall Zelinger (@Marshall9News) March 4, 2020
Some of these "some people" include: a @cologop statehouse candidate, a Mesa GOP spokesperson, a former chair of the @ArapahoeGOP, and former #coleg member @savechaps: #copolitics pic.twitter.com/69fFLwELms
— Erik Maulbetsch (@emaulbetsch) March 4, 2020
The story tweeted by Clark last March contains a number of suspect claims and completely dystopian statements like this.
We’ll need to be patient for Chinese investigators to get to the bottom of how the virus made the jump from animals to humans. In the meantime, remember that in a public health crisis, conspiracy theories are a distraction. Rather, it’s our collective responsibility to stay focused on keeping each other safe. [emphasis added]
On Monday Vox sheepishly inserted an editors note in their previous stories acknowledging that they may in fact be Fake News.
And here @vox secretly changes an article about the lab leak theory to make it less embarrassing.
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) May 24, 2021
Contrary to what Clark, Vox, and others claimed at the time, the science never conclusively said that COVID-19 originated naturally – only that COVID-19 closely mirrored coronaviruses found in bats.
Yet after more than a year no one has been able to find COVID-19 positive bats (or other animals) that China insisted were responsible for creating the pandemic at a Wuhan wet market, facts that have not been lost on people like Dr. Fauci.
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.”
Over the weekend the Wall Street Journal published additional evidence corroborating earlier U.S. intelligence that several staff members of the Wuhan Institute of Virology fell mysteriously ill with COVID-like symptoms in November 2019.
Additional reporting from a variety of sources revealed the Wuhan Institute of Virology experimented with bat coronaviruses, including controversial “gain of function” research that involves genetically manipulating viruses to make them more deadly to humans.
Moreover, circumstantial evidence suggesting China and scientists with obvious conflicts of interest were less than forthcoming about the virus’s origin has existed for some time.
Major media outlets spent a year demonizing the lab-leak theory as an insane conspiracy theory. Fact-checkers pronounced it false. Those suggesting it were banned online on grounds of "disinformation."
Mainstream outlets are now forced to admit its viability. Any accountability? https://t.co/c4mjsXxwt2
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 24, 2021
With all that said, we eagerly await to see how Clark and 9News rationalize their juvenile willingness to repeat lies propagated by the Chinese Communist Party.
Over a year ago, I told @MarthaRaddatz that the Wuhan Virus most likely came from a lab leak. She stopped just short of offering me a tin hat. The CCP said I was an enemy of mankind.
And now? Well, now, the Left wing media is scrambling to get on the side of the truth. pic.twitter.com/t9YTUEQSsV
— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) May 20, 2021