Critics have lambasted former CBS presenter Dan Rather for criticizing comedian Jon Stewart’s recent suggestion that the laboratory leak theory about the origins of the coronavirus was credible.
In an article published Sunday on Substack, the veteran leftist journalist called Stewart’s line of thinking “dangerous” and suggested he was dangerously questioning science with his viral review on “The Late Show” that the coronavirus could have been accidentally released.
“Stewart is playing in the mad scientist trope at a time when we need science more than ever to solve our most pressing problems, including climate change. The idea that science is the greatest threat to the planet is woefully irresponsible. ” wrote.
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Rather, he was inflamed by criticism on social media after his post was published, with one claiming he was covering the Chinese Communist Party, and another suggesting he had not explained how the questioning of the origins of the coronavirus “attacked science”.
“In a contest of” Who do you trust? “- the bogus reporter wouldn’t do well here, and we’re not talking about Stewart,” Fox News contributor Joe Concha wrote in a veiled shot at the release of Rather from CBS after releasing unverified material on former President George W. Bush’s service in the Texas Air National Guard.
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After his June 14 appearance with Stephen Colbert, Stewart was also criticized by the Washington Post’s Paul Waldman. His viral remarks, however, were largely avoided by major networks immediately after the broadcast, according to Grabien’s transcripts, with only CBS mentioning them briefly the next day on “CBS This Morning.”
Joseph A. Wulfsohn of Fox News contributed to this report.