It wasn’t long ago that the mainstream media ridiculed former President Donald Trump for suggesting that the novel coronavirus may have originated in a Wuhan, China laboratory.
As evidence mounts that COVID-19 may actually have originated in a lab, those same naysayers in the media are slowly walking back their previous rebukes. For example, ABC News journalist Jon Karl said over the weekend that some of the statements made by “racist” Trump about the pandemic’s origins very well could be true, Breitbart reported.
Tunes are changing
On Sunday, Karl and ABC News’ Martha Raddatz discussed Trump’s early claims that the virus, which wrecked a global economy and left millions dead, wasn’t of natural origins, as was widely suggested by “experts” in the early stages of the pandemic.
“Tom Cotton especially and many people in the Trump administration said it originated in the lab in Wuhan, China, not with bats. They’re taking a second look at that. Some people have egg on their face, and why does this matter?” Raddatz said.
Karl agreed with Raddatz’s assessment that a lot of people will have “egg on their face,” adding that it’s important for investigations to get to the bottom of what caused the pandemic.
“Look, some things may be true even if Donald Trump said them,” Karl said. “It was just out of control. Because he was, you know, making a frankly racist appeal talking about Kung-flu and the China virus, his notion put forward — or no, he said flatly this came from that lab, and it was widely dismissed.”
Karl went on to say that “now serious people are saying it needs a serious inquiry.”
The “lab leak theory”
After a New York Times reporter laid out a case for what’s known as the “lab leak theory” in early May, the rest of the left-leaning mainstream media temporarily dropped their “dispute everything Trump says” narrative and embraced the possibility that China might, in fact, be responsible for the pandemic, as noted by the Washington Examiner.
Last year, along with many other outlets, left-leaning Vox published a piece that wrote off the lab leak theory as nothing more than a right-wing conspiracy. As the Examiner pointed out, an editor recently attached a note to the original story in a follow-up tweet clarifying that the story has changed.
Clarification: Since this piece was originally published in March 2020, scientific consensus has shifted. Please see the full editor’s note below.
— Vox (@voxdotcom) May 24, 2021
Dr. Anthony Fauci sent shock waves through the media world last week when he admitted to a PolitiFact reporter that he no longer believed that the virus emerged naturally and that more investigations into the Wuhan lab should proceed, a clear break from his early assertions.
Now that the media has decided to actually do their job instead of reflexively dismissing everything Trump says, maybe they’ll use their collective investigative resources to ultimately determine where COVID-19 came from and who was responsible.