When the Wall Street Journal reported in a front-page lead story that the Department of Energy had concluded the COVID-19 pandemic resulted from a leak from China’s Wuhan laboratory, you might have argued it was old news. The FBI had already, it turns out, come to the same conclusion and with a higher degree of confidence (moderate) than the Energy Department (low).
Those agencies’ conclusions, moreover, came as a result of a May 21 directive from President Joe Biden to multiple intelligence agencies to review two “equally plausible scenarios” for COVID’s origin, “whether it emerged from human contact with an infected animal” (the zoonotic theory) “or from a laboratory accident” (the lab leak theory).
That should have been big news since the zoonotic theory, advanced early and widely accepted by government scientists and many journalists, had become entrenched as early as February 2020 when COVID first became big news.
Emails unearthed by a House committee and quoted by longtime New York Times science reporter Nicholas Wade showed that Scripps Research Institute scientist Kristian Andersen had written National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci on Jan. 31, 2020, to inform him that he and other scientists had concluded that COVID-19 was “inconsistent with expectations from the evolutionary (that is, zoonotic) theory.”
But former National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins emailed on Feb. 2 that if the lab leak theory were accepted, “the voices of conspiracy will quickly dominate, doing great potential harm to science and international harmony.” Thus, after a teleconference with Collins and Fauci, Andersen, in a Feb. 4 email, characterized the lab leak as one of an unnamed number of “crackpot theories.” Later, on March 20, he said the virus was “not a laboratory construct.”
So why the switch? Well, scientists like Andersen knew that Fauci and Collins controlled huge streams of research funding. Fauci and Collins knew that they had repeatedly approved funding at the Wuhan lab. The conspiracy was not to spread the lab leak theory but to suppress it.
The zoonotic theory had become unassailable dogma by the time Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) advanced the lab leak theory on Fox News on Feb. 16. “Fringe theory” and “conspiracy theory,” huffed The New York Times. “A coronavirus fringe theory,” wrote the Washington Post . Other eminent journalists piled on, even though an accident, by definition, is not the result of a conspiracy.
Facebook, led and staffed almost entirely by left-wingers, promptly followed the lead of government science funders and suppressed news of the lab leak theory for more than a year. The State Department-backed Global Disinformation Index, the Washington Examiner’s Gabe Kaminsky revealed, similarly sought to suppress the theory. Twitter, under its similarly biased pre-Musk regime, used “visibility filtering” to downplay the lab leak theory. President Donald Trump’s March 2020 tweets about “the China virus” were attacked as “racist” by multiple critics, and those advancing the lab leak theory were attacked for “racism.” The lab leak theory, The New York Times science writer Apoorva Mandavilli tweeted in May 2021, has “racist roots.” Even advocates of the zoonotic theory were briefly charged with racism, too.
Nevertheless, serious and carefully nuanced arguments were made for taking the lab leak theory seriously, in multiple articles by Nicholas Wade, in science writer Matt Ridley and Alina Chen’s book “Viral: The Search for the Origin of Covid-19,” in a National Review cover story and in a detailed report from the liberal ProPublica organization published with Vanity Fair.
The press, even while proclaiming that “democracy dies in darkness,” was reluctant to shed any light on the lab leak theory. Even worse was the behavior of scientists. “Welp,” tweeted FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver when the Wall Street Journal story on the Energy Department’s decision broke. “The behavior of a certain cadre of scientists who used every trick in the book to suppress discussion of this issue is something I’ll never forget. A huge disservice to science and public health.”
The origin of COVID is not the only issue on which the scientists have disgraced themselves. Just this month, the prestigious British medical journal The Lancet published a review of 65 studies that concluded that the natural immunity of those who have contracted COVID provides more protection than the vaccines. There goes the case for requiring that the previously infected get multiple vaccinations.
And just last week, Britain’s prestigious Cochrane Library released a study of 78 randomized control trials with 610,000 participants, which concluded that masks make no difference — none — in stopping transmission of respiratory diseases like COVID. “There is just no evidence they make any difference. Full stop,” said the study’s lead author. So much for the mask mandates, including the CDC masking guideline, which teachers unions got the CDC to impose upon schoolchildren by applying their undue political influence.
We don’t know for certain — and given Chinese secrecy, we probably never will — that COVID resulted from a lab leak. But we do know that leading scientists and science funders in government lied, distorted and suppressed the truth. We do know that public health officials stuck and still stick to requirements that have negative effects but no scientific basis. We know that many journalists who arrogantly offer themselves as voices speaking truth to power were actually exerting power to suppress truth.
Elite scientists and journalists today complain that they get no respect. Their record shows they don’t deserve much.
Mo de Profit says
We knew it three years ago, it’s just a coincidence that a wet market operating for a thousand years was down the road from the World pHarma Organisation lab.
They are publishing this ONLY because so many deaths and side effects from their vaccine are being exposed.
All governments do this all the time.
They have tested 80,000 animals looking for an intermediate host that could have been infected by a bat and mutated the virus so that it could infect humans all without success. This is the biggest charade in world history. Of course it leaked from the lab where gain of function research on bat coronaviruses was being conducted (and in labs which had the same level of disease protection and confinement as a typical U.S. dentist’s office). What, does anyone think that the Chinese or NIH are going to admit they killed millions of people through their recklessness?
oh, was it actually just recklessness?
My guess us it was far darker than that. Just too many coincidences, Many politicians in the US compromised by China, CCP spies, some say even funding of riots such as by Antifa groups was by CCP. A US President who stood up to China. Then, Election year 2020.
And viola! mail in and drop box voting no one could control.
You are hot on the trail. Yer sniffer is working well. It was not a “leak” unless one would consider the air rushing out of a slashed tyre sa “leak”.
The first time I heard the “bat soup in the wet market” I laughed so hard I almost spit my coffee all over my laptop.
HOW STUPID do these gummit poohbahs think we ARE? Come ONNNN man.
Bat soup carrying a virus? Virus cannot tolerate temperatures above 140, maybe 150 F for a few hard ones. The head dismantles them. WHY do we cook most of our food? I’ve been in those markets not in China but other countries. Those big kettles are slowly simmering all day long.
My second thought responding to that theory was ‘some government knucklehead invented that ruse to get the public off the scent of reality. Foolish Yanks, we bought it. Most of us. .
Steven Brizel says
Fauci Coillins and CD C clearly deceived the American People and politicized ojective science so as to avoid the blame for awarding the grant to Wuhan
You are not devious enough. Phautchee wanted the virus developed because he also wanted to put on his HeeRow Hat and get behind developing the “vaccine” for it. There were $Mns to be made by releasing a disease on the sly then being part of the cure. All the goofy worse than useless mandates were part of the whole scare game.
Now its all backfired and the truth IS leaking out (a very GOOD kind of leak, that….) hes not only left his seat on the bench of power he’s laying rather low. House should put together an inquisition and subpoena him along wth a few dozen others involved.
Most Americans already know the source of the virus. China then flew thousands of people out of the hot-zone all over the world. They are aready culpable = guilty = punish them.
I just want to know about the corruption of our national health system. We need to be able to trust them.
China has disappeared “anyone” and “anything” related to the origins – don’t bother with them.