Are We All Flyover Country Now?

Even before last week’s release of the emails exposing Anthony Fauci as a fraud and possibly a perjurer, establishment media and the politicians they cover—or cover-up for—were all backpedaling on their initial stories detailing the COVID-19 virus origin in Wuhan, China. (We should have a word for this, something akin to “mansplaining.”)

Fauci is a classic case of hubris, as if he had fallen out of an ancient Greek morality tale. Upset that he did not secure a place in history as the savior who found a cure for AIDS, he appears to feel a strong need to be seen as the savior of—and not among those responsible for—the COVID-19 pandemic.

But Fauci is not alone. Major players in every part of the establishment—political, corporate, and media—could be implicated in lies about where the COVID-19 virus came from and whether it was man-made, and man-made with support from the U.S. government.

Checking the Fact-Checkers

A Washington Post “fact-checker” has provided a timeline of how the “narrative” has changed from that of an accidental animal origin to something involving gain of function research at a Wuhan virology lab, though the establishment fact-checker still called the origins a lab leak, not deliberate bioweapons research. 

This follows a previous “fact-checker”—the Poynter Institute’s PolitiFact—which surreptitiously deleted their “fact check” labeling any laboratory origin story as false. PolitiFact—now referred to as PolitiFarce by its critics and victims—is one of the sources Facebook (and other multinational corporations) use to justify their censorship of social media, which Facebook announced last month it would be doing more thoroughly in order to root out users sharing unauthorized opinions (and facts).

Every establishment media organ has now had to explain why it had this story wrong for a year. Ben Wallace-Wells does so at the New Yorker. Wallace-Wells’ “beat” at the magazine is to explain to startled coastal elites, including the narrative and opinion weavers of the robes of the imperial establishment, what is going on in flyover country: populism, the influence of conservatarian billionaire Peter Thiel, vaccine resistance, and Trump. 

The magazine’s headline writer titled his piece “The Sudden Rise of the Coronavirus Lab Leak Theory.” But there was nothing sudden about it. If the headline writer had just read the New York Post on his way to the office, he could have read China expert Steven Mosher on why the virus may have leaked from a lab back in February 2020, long before disreputable people like Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) or President Trump speculated about it and made the hypothesis verboten for New Yorker and Washington Post readers and anyone not wishing to be shadow banned by Facebook.

The New Yorker explainer tells his liberal readers not to worry about the fact that they, and their thought leaders, were wrong: 

When it comes to emerging phenomena, the natural manner of science is probabilities, uncertainties, doubt. We just don’t yet know how the virus moved from animals to people; it is possible that we won’t know for a very long time. The original animal source of the SARS pandemic (bats) was not pinpointed until 2017, fifteen years after the global outbreak. . . . [Stanford microbiologist David] Relman said, ‘I don’t think we’re necessarily going to get a definitive answer.’

Perhaps this is some comfort to believers in mainstream media and establishment opinion, but it seems a little funny to claim that they can continue to believe COVID-19 innocently jumped from animals to humans in China and we just can’t figure out how, when scientists in the West seem to have easily identified just this year that coronavirus variants have been jumping from pet owners to their pets. And now that Fauci’s emails have led even establishment journalists to begin covering the likelihood that the COVID-19 virus was deliberately engineered. 

A New Principle

In the wake of the collapse of the establishment narrative on COVID-19, along with other mainstream media cover-ups and social media censorship—on how many American troops are in Syria, on Hunter Biden’s grifting, on who shot the unarmed Ashli Babbitt and why, on the cause of death of the Capitol policeman on January 6, on nursing home deaths in Michigan, New York, and elsewhere—I think we should adopt a new hermeneutic principle: everything we read in the mainstream media and everything said by government authorities is a lie, a partisan lie, a self-interested and self-protective lie, and the truth is just as likely among the scenarios imagined by fantasy writers, and those the establishment disparages as conspiracy theorists.

Far from being a call for believing in any and all conspiracy theories, this is not unlike the government’s own practices. Intelligence agencies have employed science fiction writers to help them imagine risk and threat scenarios. So let’s imagine how COVID-19 spread from Wuhan, China to the United States and the rest of the world in a way that would require a cover-up.

What if the Wuhan virology lab was conducting gain of function research to produce bioweapons? What if it was funded indirectly by parts of the U.S. government? What if it were even deliberately spread in the United States by western military or intelligence agencies much as they have tested spreading biological agents before? What if this was done, in part, to stop the reelection of a president presiding over a booming economy (as Donald Trump himself mused), who had unorthodox ideas about military commitments and an adversarial relationship with the intelligence community and its domestic surveillance? American intelligence agencies have a long, long history of interfering in other countries’ elections.

Readers and voters should apply this principle of interpretation to all mainstream media stories and all political speeches (especially for our lifelong incumbents and career politicians). It’s time for an insurrectionist epistemology: if the government says it, it’s likely to be a lie. 

The Law of Unintended Consequences Revisited

Take the other popular news story where a consensus seems to have unravelled: UFOs. Why should “conspiracy theorists” now not be free to imagine the worst, assuming government officials and their mainstream media flaks are all lying? One of the interesting aspects of the story is that the UFOs (or as the government now wants to call them, UAPs) seem to spend much of their time following military aircraft. One skeptic suggests this is because the high speeds of military aircraft causes distortions in their sensors, which, if true, is almost as concerning for our military readiness as would be the daily penetration of restricted airspace for years by the UAPs. 

But we could do what the intelligence agencies do and employ some sci-fi writers to help us imagine a threat scenario. NBC’s “Debris, which just wrapped its first season, offers one scenario. “Debris” borrows a notion for its plot from the 1976 David Bowie movie,The Man Who Fell to Earth.” A derelict alien craft has entered our solar system, and pieces of it crash to earth as meteorites. The U.S., British, Chinese, and Russian intelligence agencies are in a race to see who can retrieve the most, and the most potent, pieces of this advanced technology, with an eye to reverse engineering and harnessing it for their respective weapons potential. At one point a character who is one of the scientists trying to do the reverse engineering has a bit of dialogue that reads like a libertarian public choice theorist: “Governments are created to serve the public interest. And everywhere, inevitably, they serve their own.” 

What if real-world government officials—the same ones who lie to Congress about illegal spying on American citizens or lie to presidents about how many troops are stationed in Syria—have captured crashed alien craft and are trying to steal the intellectual property therein? And the aliens are not happy about the theft and haven’t licensed the use of their technology? This hypothesis accounts for the—growing?—sightings of UFOs and for why they so often enter restricted military airspace.

And if it creates a hostile relationship, it fits in with our long history of government policies that have disastrous unintended consequences and require spin and cover-ups for those who implemented them.

Given their recent mendacity and their willingness to let hundreds of thousands of Americans become ill and die, how can we trust the establishment to deal with whatever the “unidentified aerial phenomena” actually are—or trust them to tell us the truth about it?

It will be interesting to see later this year whether the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report provides any light on the issue or is itself so redacted or misdirecting as to itself be part of a cover-up. I will not be surprised to learn that our coastal elite spinners at Facebook or the New Yorker or the Washington Post, spinning the cloth for the imperial establishment’s clothes, are now in their own way part of flyover country, too.


About Bruce Majors

Bruce Majors has written for The Hill, the Los Angeles Times, Reason, and other publications. A former fellow at the American Media Institute, he writes a substack column, The Insurrection.

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