Morning Greatness: Media Hacks, Public Health Quacks Reverse on Lab Leak Theory

Good Tuesday morning.

Two minutes of hate:

Over the last five months, the corporate media has published stories on their platforms challenging the coronavirus origin mythology it emphatically promoted and enforced last year. On Sunday, the Wall Street Journal dropped a bombshell story about the “origins” of the covid-19 virus. As early as January 4th of this year, after the 2020 election coincidentally, the New Yorker published a well-researched piece examining the hypothesis of the “lab-leak theory.” Other pieces with similar questions about the origins of the virus have appeared sporadically in the corporate media throughout 2021.

But these examples aren’t the first of their kind. Similar questions were raised back in 2020 but were dismissed, ridiculed, discarded and censored by narrative gatekeepers. Curious people such as Senator Tom Cotton, were marginalized or even “cancelled” for raising the very same questions that headline the prestige media today.

On Monday in the trash tabloid Washington Post, Aaron Blake reveals the truth about the media’s blind enforcement of appropriate virus origin story: TRUMP. “Trump said at a news conference that he had a ‘high degree of confidence’ that the virus originated in a Wuhan lab.” And Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the same thing: “He told ABC News around the same time that ‘there’s enormous evidence that this is where this began.’ He added: ‘I can tell you that there is a significant amount of evidence that this came from that laboratory in Wuhan.'”  Blake goes on to explain that “the ‘enormous’ evidence wasn’t produced by the Trump administration, for some reason. Nor was even piecemeal evidence.” But isn’t the media’s job to investigate? Theoretically, the government should not be sharing classified information with the public. Instead deranged journalists, a priori, took the position upon his presidential candidacy, that whatever Trump said was a lie: no further investigation necessary, no need to spend their bloated budgets on fact-finding inquiries. Political activists masquerading as professional journalists did not want to Trump ever to be right because if Trump was right, it could help him politically.

And that’s despite Trump very badly wanting to reinforce China’s status as a boogeyman not just during the 2020 election, but also as the culprit for a coronavirus that was spreading and imperiling him politically. The conservative Wall Street Journal editorial board wrote an editorial shortly after both Trump’s and Pompeo’s comments calling for evidence of their claims. “If they don’t want the issue to be dismissed as an anti-China campaign ploy, they should make the evidence public,” the WSJ editorial board said.

This might seem like a legitimate position to take, a skeptical stance towards authority figures, and certainly the idiots in the Trump Admin should have leaked out the virus intelligence the same way their political opponents do.

“Given everything we know about how Trump handled such things, caution and skepticism were invited,” Blake wrote. “That (very much warranted) caution and skepticism spilled over into some oversimplification, particularly when it came to summarizing the often more circumspect reporting.”

New York Times hack Maggie Haberman had much the same to say:

“Look, I do think that it’s important to remember that part of the issue when this was first being reported on and discussed back a few months after the pandemic had begun, then President Trump and Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State, both suggested they had seen evidence that this was formed in a lab and they also suggested it was not released on purpose, but they refused to release the evidence showing what it was. So because of that, that made this instantly political,” Haberman replied.

“I think this was, you know, example 1,000 when the Trump administration learned when you burn your own credibility over and over again, people are not immediately going to believe you, especially in an election year,” she added. “However, that does not mean it’s not worth discussing.”

Made it political? Burned credibility? (Haberman ought to know.) Since when did the media ever take Trump as credible? The corporate media is more than willing to take anything their political comrades on the left say at face value. “There is no crisis at the border,” Obama is the “deporter in chief” or “if you like your health plan, you can keep it” were not questioned until after the utility of the lie has been served. And so too with the coronavirus: Trump was wrong until it was safe to say he was right.

The poster child for bureaucrat term limits, Anthony Fauci, has also reversed on the virus origin. “No, actually. … No, I’m not convinced about that. I think that we should continue to investigate what went on in China until we find out to the best of our ability exactly what happened.” One year ago this month, Fauci dismissed the lab leak theory. “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,” Fauci said.

But what did Fauci know and when did he know it? Did the Trump Administration keep the intelligence about the origin of the virus from Fauci? Almost certainly not. Remember, “the White House ordered federal health officials at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the nation’s premier health agency, to treat top-level coronavirus meetings as classified, citing four Trump administration officials,” Reuters reported.

Did Fauci know “[t]hree researchers from China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology became sick enough in November 2019 that they sought hospital care, according to a previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence report that could add weight to growing calls for a fuller probe of whether the Covid-19 virus may have escaped from the laboratory”? One person described, “The information that we had coming from the various sources was of exquisite quality. It was very precise. What it didn’t tell you was exactly why they got sick.” And “got sick” meant “symptoms consistent with both Covid-19 and common seasonal illness.” Such events seem like an incredible coincidence for an inquiring mind.

Fauci or any of the public health royalty on the task force could have come out and confirmed Trump and Pompeo. Fauci had the respect and adoration of the media syndicate, wouldn’t they believe him? Alas, he did not do so and instead continued diverting the public from the lab leak theory and supporting the media hacks and tech oligarchs efforts to memory hole and eradicate questions of the virus origin. If the media started treating Fauci as a Trump ally, if he had come out to support Trump and Pompeo’s assertions then he would be a media darling no more, no fame, no awards, no more celebrity, no CNN.

It’s time to get Fauci under oath and ask him what he knew and when he knew it. How can anyone have confidence in public health officials with such partisan and self serving behavior?

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And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!

About Liz Sheld

Liz Sheld is the senior news editor at American Greatness. She is a veteran political strategist and pollster who has worked on campaigns and public interest affairs. Liz has written at Breitbart and The Federalist, as well as at PJ Media, where she wrote "The Morning Briefing." In her spare time, she shoots sporting clays and watches documentaries.

Photo: WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci talks to reporters in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on April 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. Federal health agencies called for a pause in the administration of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine after six women in the United States developed a rare disorder involving blood clots within about two weeks of vaccination. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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