CNN anchor Chris Cuomo suggested that the “political right” was obsessed with the origins of the coronavirus pandemic in order to “push an agenda forward”.
Much of the media rejected the theory that the virus came from a leak in a Wuhan laboratory in China, which was reexamined by skeptics after the Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. intelligence officials believed it was at least three scientists from Wuhan had been hospitalized with COVID-like symptoms in November 2019.
After teasing the topic of “creating division through disinformation,” Cuomo admitted to viewers, “I don’t know what caused COVID” but that the loved ones of the more than 590,000 Americans who have died of the disease deserve answers.
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“But do you know what is easier than understanding it?” Make assumptions, play with little pieces of fact to convey an agenda, ”Cuomo said Tuesday night. “On the political right, you will certainly see it. But you can also see it on the far left, we just don’t have it. But right, they’re all about. Why? Because the more it is about underhanded China, the less it is about the failure of our leadership under Trump. “
“So what is the byproduct of that? Fuel hatred towards innocent people of Asian descent, ”continued the CNN presenter. “You know that’s one of the reasons we’ve had an increase in assaults, but it all depends on the game.”
Members of the media have already tried to spin their new realization of the lab leak hypothesis. New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman blamed former President Trump and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, both of whom publicly suggested the virus originated from the Wuhan lab, for casting doubt on them. media for withholding evidence to support their claims.
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Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler also raised eyebrows for saying the theory was “suddenly credible.”