You would think The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and NPR, not to mention all the “fact-check” scammers, would be furious with Anthony Fauci.
For the better part of three years, these organizations have dutifully worked on Fauci’s behalf to aggressively attack anyone who dared posit that COVID might have originated in the mysterious bat virus lab located at Ground Zero of the pandemic. The mere suggestion not only indicated that anyone harboring such a suspicion knew nothing about how viruses mutate, but he or she was also a racist in a tinfoil hat.
If your IQ is above room temperature, you suspected all along the mysterious bat virus almost certainly leaked out of the mysterious bat virus lab. Congratulations! Your gut served you better than Fauci’s decades studying virology. And your instincts were sharper than the intellects of his Big Media mouthpieces.
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Now that the Department of Energy has joined the FBI and a Senate investigation in declaring a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology is a plausible theory for the pandemic, the aforementioned media outlets surely feel a deep sense of shame for misleading Americans for years. After all, it was never enough for these outlets to simply report what differing experts said. They had to crush the lab leak theory and marginalize anyone who gave it consideration.
Here are just a few headlines capturing how desperate the liberal media was to make you feel like an idiot for thinking the mysterious bat virus lab might have unleashed a mysterious bat virus:
- “Scientists Debunk Lab Accident Theory of Pandemic Emergence,” NPR, April 22, 2020
- “Senator Tom Cotton Repeats Fringe Theory of Coronavirus Origins,” New York Times, Feb. 17, 2020
- “Fact Checker: Was the new Coronavirus accidentally released from a Wuhan lab? It’s doubtful,” Washington Post, May 1, 2020
- “Trump’s Wuhan Lab Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory Is Bogus, According To Uh, Everyone,” Vice News, May 5, 2020
- “Lab leak Covid-19 theory is like something out of a comic book, virologist says,” CNN, March 31, 2021
In addition to the media, the largely bogus “fact check” industry and social media companies were all in on stamping out any suggestion that the mysterious bat virus emerged from the mysterious bat virus lab. Facebook and Twitter labeled such claims “misinformation,” and fact-check organizations urged advertisers to cut off revenue to sites that entertained the theory. They have long since quietly dropped their opposition to what they once branded a “right-wing conspiracy.”
We were banned from social media for talking about the possibility of a Wuhan lab leak. We were chastised by the fact-checkers. We were ripped up and down by advocates for The Science™. And it turns out it was probably true, of course. pic.twitter.com/y7ZxXzCLyH
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 27, 2023
To be sure, the Department of Energy, one of 18 government departments and agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community, did not say a lab leak had been proven. Nor did the FBI or the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. They, unlike other government agencies, have simply determined that it is plausible, and to varying degrees, perhaps likely. And as far back as May of 2020, researchers at the government-backed Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory wrote a paper saying a lab leak was possible.
President Joe Biden, in May of 2021, even acknowledged that the mysterious bat virus may have leaked from the mysterious bat virus lab. His predecessor had said as much a year earlier, but as we all know, he was a bad orange man and nothing he said could ever be given credence by the media.
So why are we only now, three years later, allowed to consider the mysterious bat virus lab leak theory? Because Fauci and his National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which may have helped fund research to make the virus more dangerous through a grant to EcoHealth Alliance, didn’t want anyone looking too closely. While adoring liberal lamebrains were deifying the octogenarian doctor with “In Fauci We Trust” yard signs and votive candles, emails uncovered via FOIA requests show Fauci and his former boss, Dr. Francis Collins, were scrambling to stop the lab leak theory from gaining traction.
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“Wondering if there is something NIH can do to help put down this very destructive conspiracy,” Collins wrote on April 16, 2020, in reference to a Fox News report on the lab-leak theory. “I hoped the Nature Medicine article on the genomic sequence of SARS-CoV-2 would settle this. But probably didn’t get much visibility. Anything more we can do?”
“I would not do anything about this right now,” Fauci replied. “It is a shiny object that will go away in time.”
Thankfully, Fauci finally went away in December. The lab leak theory he tried so hard to bury isn’t going anywhere.