Drew Holden pulled the receipts the other day of all the media outlets that labeled the suggestion that the coronavirus leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology a “conspiracy theory” that had been debunked. That was a year ago; last week, they began reporting that scientists were calling for further inquiry into the origin of the coronavirus. Even Dr. Anthony Fauci reversed himself over the weekend and suggested COVID-19 could have come from a lab and called for an investigation.
Sen. Tom Cotton took the most grief in 2020 for repeating that debunked conspiracy theory that even PolitiFact has removed from its database in light of new information. He also thought there was a lesson for the media tucked in there somewhere.
One lesson for the media is that self-interested denials from the Chinese Communist Party do not equal "debunking." pic.twitter.com/awYnmSS01A
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) May 25, 2021
— Francis David Durand (@FrancisDavidDu4) May 25, 2021
This would be funnier if it weren't so true.
— Gil Reich (@GilR) May 25, 2021
— MICHAEL MDW (@michaelsoxfan) May 25, 2021
When you trust the CCP more than one of your own senators, which side are you on? This seems to be true for the media as a whole
— Asturius Matamoros (@AsturiusM) May 25, 2021
They don't care if what they're saying is true, Tom.
— Liberal When Convenient White Woman (@BootAbandoned) May 25, 2021
When mainstream media call a narrative "debunked" there is usually a lot of truth to it.
— BayernIstFREI (@frei_ist) May 25, 2021
The media hate Tom Cotton because he owns them.
— Mosby Singleton (@singleton_mosby) May 25, 2021
They can deny all they want – it was in the back of everyone’s mind from the very beginning.
— cry-out.com (@c_r_y__o_u_t) May 25, 2021
I'll need LeBron James to weigh in before I can reach a conclusion.
— Steakfries (@gravyfist) May 25, 2021
I don't think they know what debunking means.
— Bobby Whippet (@BobbyWhippet) May 25, 2021
What’s the likelihood of a retraction?
— Lost in the Burbs (@lostintheburbs) May 25, 2021
These people are shameless.
— Christopher Pallotta (@techredemption) May 25, 2021
You were right. About everything
— Jim E Johnz (@JimEJohnz1) May 25, 2021
Another lesson would be for journalists to do their damn jobs.
— Brett Ashley (@BrettAs57119546) May 25, 2021
And the media wonders why a sizeable portion of the population will always assume that the opposite of what the media reports is true.
— stand4reason (@baffledbySJWs) May 25, 2021
Media will not learn this lesson and will never be held accountable. Their blatant corruption has become a scourge on a critical profession.
— SWFLRightWinger (@RightSwfl) May 25, 2021
Let us see the outlet. Name the names. These liars in the media working on behalf of the DNC need to be exposed and humiliated, over and over.
— Rachel E 🇺🇸 (@REPsmile) May 25, 2021
That was the Washington Post, but we don’t think they’re capable of being humiliated.
‘When will you update your story?’ Drew Holden has questions for WaPo, NYT & CNN about what they called a debunked conspiracy theory last year https://t.co/JYvrmBrZvv
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 24, 2021