We are watching the spin of fake news in real time


If anyone ever asks why you don’t trust CNN or the New York Times, simply point to this week. 

We are watching the legacy media outlet pivot, and spin fake news in real time. 

News outlets that a year ago accused President Trump and Republicans of lying by suggesting the coronavirus came from a Chinese lab, are now saying the evidence certainly points in that direction.

Let’s be clear. There never was, and still is not, a smoking gun that shows the Chinese lab in Wuhan released the virus. 

But a year ago most on the right said it was more likely that the virus escaped the virology lab just up the street from the wet-market where it supposedly originated. In other words, the chance that the virus came from a lab were far greater than it came from bat soup. 

Stephen L. Miller has a piece at The Spectator: Don’t Let The Media Get Away With U-Turning on the Wuhan Lab Leak

Leading scientists and epidemiologists such as none other than Dr Anthony Fauci were so quick to dismiss the ‘lab talk’. It was first portrayed as a hare-brained wild and tacitly racist conspiracy theory driven by paranoid Republican senators and fever-dream right-wing media. Now it is seen as not only an acceptable theory worth more study, but one that has broken through into the mainstream. This has happened in a matter of days. Where does Sen. Tom Cotton go for his apology?

Interestingly enough, the lab leak theory started gaining more traction — not only in the international community, but in the scientific community in the United States — right around the same time that questions of United States government funding of EcoHealth Alliance, a research and collection group of bat coronaviruses in China, may have lead to gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

A group of 18 scientists, including one who worked in the Wuhan lab, penned a letter to Science magazine stating the lab leak theory needed to be investigated further.