Media outlets are doing a mea culpa when it comes to former President Trump and his administration’s claims about the origins of COVID-19.
NewsBusters spotlighted multiple networks that are tacitly admitting they erred by slapping down talk about the Wuhan Institute of Virology and its possible role in unleashing the deadly pandemic upon the world.
“China has rejected the lab accident theory,” reporter Nancy Cordes said Thursday during a “CBS This Morning Broadcast.
“It’s been unwilling to share information. So the White House hasn’t said whether and how it plans to compel China to hand that information over. Now interestingly, when Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Frances Collins, head of the National Institutes of Health, testified on the hill yesterday, they said that they still believe it’s most likely that this virus emerged naturally in nature, in part because that’s how viruses typically spread. They did concede, however, that a lab accident is possible, that more research is needed. It’s a vindication of sorts for Trump-era officials who long argued that they believe that this virus originated in a lab only to be dismissed in part because of some of their anti-China rhetoric.”
The media watchdog also covered commentary by NBC’s “Today” and ABC’s “Good Morning America” in the same vein.
Each about-face by the networks comes roughly one year since social media giants clamped down on individuals or organizations that pointed to the Chinese lab as a ground zero for the pandemic.
“That’s not implying any intentionality [on China‘s part], you know?” former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Robert Redfield, told CNN in March. “It’s my opinion [that it leaked from the lab], all right? But I am a virologist. I have spent my life in virology. I do not believe this somehow came from a bat to a human and, at that moment in time, the virus that came to the human became one of the most infectious viruses that we know in humanity for human-to-human transmission.”