Here’s some rare honest reporting on the coronavirus from the New York Times: “The idea that the virus may have escaped from a lab had long been widely dismissed by scientists as implausible and shunned by others for its connection with former President Donald J. Trump,” the Times reports, and that’s the story right there — the lab-leak theory was dismissed as a debunked conspiracy theory for more than a year because no one wanted to give Trump any credibility on the issue. “But fresh scrutiny from the Biden administration and calls for greater candor from prominent scientists have brought the theory back to the fore.”
Chinese virologist Shi Zhengli spoke with and emailed the New York Times, and she said in a text message, “I don’t know how the world has come to this, constantly pouring filth on an innocent scientist.”
A top virologist told The New York Times there was no evidence the coronavirus leaked from her Wuhan lab. China's secrecy makes this hard to prove. https://t.co/9qmT2Vd4Ym
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 14, 2021
Here’s another headline: the New York Times actually questions the Chinese government’s trustworthiness.
Oh, we’re good then. Whew! 🤮 https://t.co/qz0mlapiCT
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) June 15, 2021
ChiCom state newspaper says China did nothing wrong. https://t.co/vVw9Re5OBq
— TheAmishOne (@ThatAmish1) June 15, 2021
It’s difficult to imagine even @nytimes reporting this with a straight face.
— Jonathan S. Kingston & Associates, PC | Attorneys (@JS_Kingston) June 15, 2021
— New York Mets Bob (@MetsBob) June 15, 2021
I feel much better now!!
— Boba Card (@CardBoba) June 15, 2021
17 months after the fact, you'd think the denial would have a little more sophistication.
— Malt Doctor (@doctor_malt) June 15, 2021
— chazchopgnipgnop (@chzchopgnipgnop) June 15, 2021
Occam’s bleeping razor says the virus “leaked” from the Wuhan lab. See Jon Stewart.
— Lawrence Kiedrowski 🇺🇸 (@LKiedrowski) June 15, 2021
This gif will always be useful. pic.twitter.com/wIKPr3xiAW
— Silvan (@Silvan_3A) June 15, 2021
take that to the bank 🤣
— JWinABQ (@JimW_in_NM) June 15, 2021
The fact that the @nytimes felt that this par-for-the-course denial was in any way newsworthy seems beneath any journalistic merit.
— Cheryl Metzger (@TheRealCherylM) June 15, 2021
NYT coming to the rescue. Yet again.
— Rishabh Arora (@aliverish) June 14, 2021
The New York Times, a Newspaper, Writes Strange Headlines
— Francis Harris (@fharris2011) June 15, 2021
It’s hard to speak the truth with a gun to your head
— Avner (@avner_roth98004) June 14, 2021
Of course she’ll say that.
She’s not going to say that they either negligently allowed the virus to escape or that they actively put the virus into the general population for kick and giggles.
— Mickey J Cootes (@krusty627) June 15, 2021
I heard she definitely closed the door after she finished work – so no virus walked out. Excellent news.
— Chris Reardon (@ChrisReardonUK) June 15, 2021
The phrase virologist working in a lab in Wuhan is enough for me. Business as usual there in sketchy China
— Marco (@EmTasca) June 15, 2021
Yes, case closed she said theres no evidence.
— Bob Loblaw (@igbambu) June 15, 2021
Oh, ok. That solves that then. 😉😒😵💫🤣
— 💙Orlandogirl💙 (@orlandoest77) June 15, 2021
Well, she would say that, wouldn't she?
— Chris Parry (@DrChrisParry) June 15, 2021
No shit? https://t.co/Rqxrd6oTeL
— jimtreacher.substack.com (@jtLOL) June 15, 2021
Ah, well, I guess that settles it. https://t.co/rMixVyctRv
— Drew Holden (@DrewHolden360) June 14, 2021
So out of all the wet markets in the world, it just so happened to originate from one in the same city as bio engineering lab that just so happened to be studying the virus in question. Hot damn! They should play the lottery!
— Zach as in Zach (@MrZachAsInZach) June 15, 2021
But bro that’s exactly what they’d say if it DID leak from the lab 🤔🤔🤔
— garius darland (@DwadeKudi) June 15, 2021
Well now she’ll get lots of stars on China’s good citizen tracking app.
— hollysbirds (@hollysbirds) June 14, 2021
Well that’s the end of this story.
— Andrew Woods (@andrewwdz) June 15, 2021
Right. Because we're expecting her to say what?? Remember what happened to those who spoke out? Gone.
— ania django (@redwagon_design) June 15, 2021
Why is this even a story? She goes to a labor camp or dies mysteriously if she says anything different. Stop wasting my time. https://t.co/2Up1uXSekH
— Chris Callaway (@chris_callaway) June 15, 2021
GP I think it's pretty easy to prove "there's no evidence" since you have no evidence because China's scrubbed the site and the records and likely "retired" anyone who wasn't going to play along. https://t.co/VqWCiJXAU4
— The Gormogons (@Gormogons) June 14, 2021
The NY Times gave a platform to the top CCP bat scientist in the Wuhan lab
TOP NOTCH https://t.co/lo2RifmEIH
— AntifaBook.com (@JackPosobiec) June 15, 2021
You guys were calling people, such as myself and countless others, conspiracy theorist tin foil hat nut jobs. What changed? https://t.co/zwsmHbQK7s
— Steve Stiffler (@dirtyhamster321) June 15, 2021
A lot of people are upset with the Times for publishing this racist, fear-mongering piece and wondering why it stooped so low as to add the “China’s secrecy makes this hard to prove.”
Washington Post changes its 15-month-old headline about Sen. Tom Cotton’s debunked conspiracy theory https://t.co/oSqsdboR2b
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 1, 2021