More Info on Wuhan Virus Lab Emerges, Media Slowly Admitting Why They Downplayed Lab-Leak Theory

The Brits are investigating the lab-leak theory and Congress is pushing for its own investigation. Some journalists are starting to admit why they dismissed the theory last year.


Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Wuhan Institute of Virology was working with the Chinese military, conducting “military activity” “alongside what they claimed was just good old civilian research.”

  • Supporting American intelligence estimates that a lab-leak origin of the coronavirus is plausible, British spies are now recruiting sources to investigate the theory further. 
  • Congress is keeping up the pressure, with nearly half its members requesting a House investigation to determine whether the Wuhan Institute of Virology was the source of the pandemic. 
  • According to The Financial Times, President Joe Biden’s thinking on the matter has changed partially because President Trump and Secretary Pompeo, who were accused of racist attacks when blaming China for the coronavirus outbreak and of “politicizing intelligence”, were no longer in office. 
  • The Australian details a list of questions critical to answer in order to get to the bottom of the pandemic’s origins, including China’s aversion to the truth and the conflicts of interest with a British scientist with extensive ties to Chinese virus scientists being part of the team conducting an investigation into the pandemic.


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Author’s Take

Normally, Jon Karl should be applauded for admitting the media got it wrong. But he followed up his comments justifying the wrongness by admitting it was in service to countering Trump. It is simply not the news media’s job to reflexively take a counter position based solely on who is in charge.  Trump is asked why he’s so racist, Biden is asked what flavor ice cream he got. The media has a long way to go if they follow Holman Jenkins’ advice.

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