A Washington Post reporter admitted in an analysis article published May 25, that the mainstream media dismissed reports that the CCP Virus (COVID-19) came from a Chinese Communist Party lab as part of an anti-Trump effort.
We know that much of the pandemic, mainstream media, and fact-checkers, totally dismissed the theory noted by Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo, among others, that the virus could have escaped from a lab at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology.
When a reporter asked Trump in May 2020 if he had seen anything to reassure him regarding the Chinese lab leak hypothesis, Trump replied firmly, “Yes, I’ve seen it. Yes, I have seen it. And I think the World Health Organization should be ashamed of themselves” for believing China’s version.
This was one of the triggers for the mainstream media, as well as other anti-Trump organizations, to treat the issue from the angle of politics rather than health or safety, like almost everything else surrounding the virus case.
According to Washington Post senior reporter Aaron Blake, the media was motivated to reject the theory because President Donald Trump talked about it, so journalists were more interested in discrediting Trump than considering his concerns about the origins of the virus.
“It has become evident that some corners of the mainstream media overcorrected when it came to one particular theory from Trump and his allies: that the coronavirus emanated from a laboratory in Wuhan, China, rather than naturally,” Blake wrote in his analysis in the WaPo.
“It’s also true that many criticisms of the coverage are overwrought and that Trump’s and his allies’ claims invited and deserved skepticism,” he added.
Likewise, the WaPo reporter justifies these efforts, as if the journalists had been left with no other alternative.
“That (very much warranted) caution and skepticism spilled over into some oversimplification, particularly when it came to summarizing the often more circumspect reporting.”
“Given how the Trump administration handled intelligence, there is very little doubt that, if some kind of proof had existed, Trump would have pushed hard for its release,” Blake added.
Almost any statement made by former President Trump received a wave of criticism from all the ‘establishment’ media, of which they are the majority. So, in this case of the virus leak, the media were just saying that the Chinese regime was a sort of ‘scapegoat’ for Trump.
“No one is buying Trump’s Wuhan lab theory,” The Guardian declared last year.
However, a year later and with Trump no longer in power, the media are beginning to consider this theory plausible.
The headline of Tuesday’s Washington Post fact-checker column : “How the Wuhan lab leak theory suddenly became credible.”
New York magazine, in January, published a lengthy article exploring the lab hypothesis. And so there are more examples.
This month, PolitiFact retracted a September 2020 fact check that had called a Hong Kong virologist’s claim that COVID-19 was a lab-created virus a “debunked conspiracy theory.” An editors’ note explaining why PolitiFact removed fact-checking from its website indicated that the experts’ claim at the time that the virus could not have been manipulated is “now more widely disputed.
Just like hydroxychloroquine, which became a “political drug” as soon as Trump recommended it as a possible treatment against the virus, while all the media and health institutions began to discredit it, the same has happened with this laboratory theory, which, although unproven, is the one on which most suspicions fall.
Remember that the State Department sent two cables in 2018 warning about safety and management issues at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). One of the cables said that WIV’s work on bat coronaviruses posed the risk of a new pandemic.
In addition, Trump’s State Department released a fact sheet that stated that “several researchers within WIV became ill in the fall of 2019, prior to the first identified case of the outbreak. “The symptoms were reportedly consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illnesses.”
However, the media called it a “conspiracy,” dismissing this theory for a whole year, thus officiating as “traitors.” Instead of pressuring and criticizing the Chinese regime to investigate the origins of the virus, they sent to the whole world misleading headlines unfavorable towards Trump and positive towards the CCP, who are responsible for the pandemic.