It's now clear that in the earliest days of the coronavirus pandemic, public health officials in Washington were panicked. At the time, it wasn’t clear what the mortality rate from the virus would turn out to be. But that wasn’t their main concern. Officials in Washington were terrified of being exposed. They’d used American tax dollars to fund reckless experiments in China that in the end likely created Covid-19. If that fact were to become public, they’d be shamed and ridiculed and possibly even indicted. Their professional lives would be over. So they immediately set to work hiding it on a cover up. Last winter, a group of well-known scientists publicly dismissed the lab leak theory as absurd and categorically untrue, even as they wrote emails to each other admitting that the virus looked engineered by human hands in a lab. Meanwhile, Tony Fauci made sure fact-checkers censored anyone online who dared challenge the official story, which we now know was a lie. In the final days of the last administration, the State Department finally began a serious investigation into the origins of Covid and into what was happening Wuhan Institute of Virology. Almost immediately after the election, Joe Biden canceled it.
In all, the lying went on for a year and a half. We’re just learning how deep it went.
Fifteen months ago, a group of Chinese scientists, working on the ground at the scene of the outbreak of a brand new virus, came to the conclusion that the novel coronavirus probably escaped from a government lab in Wuhan. They said so in the clearest possible terms. This struck us as an amazing and important story, and also by the way, completely plausible. We expected a flurry of media interest in it. Where did this virus come from? That seemed worth knowing as people were dying of it. But no one asked. Instead, there was silence, punctuated only by occasional smirking about anti-Asian racism and conspiracy theories.
That’s where it stood for more than a year, until just a few weeks ago. Then suddenly, for reasons we still don’t really understand, all the smirking morons in the American news media changed their view completely, overnight. Of course corona escaped from a Chinese virology lab. Duh. Did you really think it came from the wet market? Come on. That was the new consensus. An avalanche of evidence followed. The Wall Street journal confirmed that the first corona victims seem to have been researchers working with bat viruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Buzzfeed then obtained thousands of emails showing that Tony Fauci knew from the beginning that Covid may have been manufactured in China in dangerous experiments he helped pay for. The lab leak theory, it turns out, was never crazy. It was always likely true.
So why did they lie to us about it?