The New York Times’ Apoorva Mandavilli — one of their lead reporters covering the COVID-19 pandemic — deleted a tweet on Wednesday saying the theory that the virus leaked out of a lab in Wuhan, China has “racist roots”:

She deleted the tweet because she didn’t like the responses it earned:

She later clarified that the theory could be true but still have “racist roots” but never explained why even asking this was ever racist:

And she doesn’t think an investigation will go anywhere anyway:

Just wow.

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