What a difference a year makes: Donald Trump was mocked and vilified by the Left for suggesting the Chinese virus that swept across the world came from a high-level research lab in Wuhan, and now all of his detractors seem to be infected with memory loss as the common-sense lab leak theory gains acceptance among those who dismissed it a year ago.
The media’s sudden acceptance for what was called a “ridiculous” and “fringe” “conspiracy theory” is drawing well-deserved mockery for the 180-degree turn but the politics at work is drawing attention, too. In the Biden-led White House, the president this week asked U.S. intelligence agencies to “redouble” their effort on the origins of COVID-19 and report their findings in 90 days.
Pompeo: U.S. should boycott China over cover-up, genocide
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The United States should boycott the coming Winter Olympics in Beijing, China over that country’s cover-up of the Wuhan virus that has killed millions, says Mike Pompeo, the former Secretary of State.
Speaking on the "Washington Watch” program this week, Pompeo said his administration reported in January (see story at left) the virus likely came from a research virology lab in Wuhan, where researchers there became sick and were hospitalized.
There is also the ongoing human rights abuses in communist-run China, he said, where genocide is being waged against a Muslim minority.
"Given just the facts that we have,” Pompeo concluded, “we should begin to impose real costs, and we certainly should not allow American athletes to go honor that country with their presence in the Olympic games in Beijing.”
Fauci in 2012: Knowledge from controversial pathogen experiments 'outweigh the risk' of possible pandemic (Fox News)
The irony of Biden urging those agencies to dig deeper is that they already have: In a May 24 story, The Wall Street Journal, citing a U.S. intelligence report, said three researchers at the Wuhan lab fell sick in the fall of 2019.
At the same time Biden was calling for a thorough investigation, news outlets Fox News, CNN, and The Hill were all reporting the same news story: An investigation at the State Department about the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which was ordered by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, was ordered shut down by the Biden administration.
“I am enjoying the media’s suggestion,” Ben Shapiro, the columnist-speaker, wrote in a Twitter post, “that Joe Biden’s sudden interest in the covid lab leak theory is the result of new intelligence rather than the revelation that his administration shut down an investigation already in progress.”
According to Fox News, an experienced globe-trotting investigator named David Asher was hired to lead that probe. He told Fox in an interview that fellow State Department colleagues “were deliberately playing down possible links to China’s biological weapons program.”
Recalling the hate heaped on Donald Trump approximately a year ago, Gary Bauer told American Family Radio this week that Trump was publicly blaming the Chinese Communist Party, which was vehemently denying his allegations, and that meant the media had two choices.
“They could follow what the president was saying, [what] the intelligence was showing, that it came out of a lab,” he said. "Or they could follow what the Chinese propaganda machine was saying, and they followed the Chinese propaganda machine."
In a One News Now story that published April 2, 2020, national security analyst Frank Gaffney said much of the public was waking up to the common-sense conclusion the virus came from a Wuhan lab, where it was known the Chinese experimented on bats, and not from a seafood market in the same city that was ground zero for the virus.
In the same story, Gaffney credited Sen. Tom Cotton for pointing out that the dangerous, Level-4 lab was located in Wuhan, and for that Cotton was called a “conspiracy theorist” by the national media.
“Sen. Tom Cotton fans the embers of a coronavirus conspiracy theory that has been repeatedly debunked by experts,” reads a Feb. 2020 Washington Post headline.
Gaffney, whose national defense experience dates back to the Reagan administration, also told One News Now last year that China’s communist leaders embraced biological warfare as far back as the 1970s, when the country realized the United States was its biggest enemy even if the U.S. did not hold the same view of the future world power.
Steve Mosher, a human rights activist who lived in China for many years, also told One News Now 13 months ago that not only was the Wuhan lab the likely culprit but the horseshoe bat, which was the subject of research and experiments at the lab, was likely the source of the virus.
Bats are infamous for the deadly viruses they carry, which makes them a target for dangerous research, and China’s own state media was praising that research (pictured at left) at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in 2018.
According to the Mike Pompeo-ordered conclusion that was released in January, five days before Joe Biden took office, the Wuhan complex presented itself as a civilian institution but, in reality, has been collaborating with China’s military since at least 2017.
Editor's Note: American Family Radio is a division of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.