The Washington Post’s editor and chief-writer for the fact-checking division, Glenn Kessler, is under fire for admitting he was absolutely wrong to claim the Wuhan Lab Theory regarding the origins of Covid-19 was “virtually impossible.” It wasn’t just that he was amazingly wrong. It’s how he went about waving “science” in the faces of people like Senator Ted Cruz and others who challenged the accepted narrative at the time.
And therein lies the problem. It wasn’t science. It was absolutely, unambiguously a narrative driven by the Chinese Communist Party through their proxies at the World Health Organization, who then pushed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to echo their blatantly false sentiment. They all then used Kessler as their useful idiot to propagate the narrative that supported their evil pro-China and anti-American agenda.
For the sake of the eventual “fact-check” that hits nearly all of our stories, let me state up front that it is my opinion that Kessler was well-aware the Wuhan Lab Theory made the most sense when he wrote the fact-check declaring it was “virtually impossible.” He’s not a moron. He just banks on the rest of us being morons, which is why in my opinion Kessler knew what he was posting was a lie.
I have no proof other than the fact that declaring the Wuhan Lab Theory “virtually impossible” was idiotic prima facie. The disease was first noticed within a minute’s walk of the Wuhan Virology Lab. They have been conducting gain-of-function research for years. They were researching bats that had infected humans with a coronavirus similar to Covid-19 in 2015 at the latest. There are dozens of other facts that were known at the time Kessler declared it “virtually impossible,” so there are really only two possibilities.
The first possibility is one we should dismiss immediately. For him to honestly believe based on his fact-checking process that it was “virtually impossible” based on all he knew for Covid-19 to have originated at the Wuhan Virology Lab, he would have to be the most incompetent fact-checker of all time. Even the most CCP-friendly fact-checker would have labeled the Wuhan Lab Theory as “plausible” even if they didn’t think it was the most compelling argument. To honestly say it was “virtually impossible” demands a level of stupidity that would make me question his ability to fact-check whether grass is capable of being the color green.
Since I do not believe he can hold the position he has with an IQ similar to a tomato, I have to state it is my opinion that he greatly exaggerated the unlikeliness of the Wuhan Lab Theory. To take the most scientifically viable origin and claim it was “virtually impossible” means he had an agenda driving the narrative he was propagating.
Zero Hedge did a nice writeup about some of the responses to Kessler:
WaPo Head ‘Fact Checker’ Glenn Kessler Heckled Over Lab-Leak Flip-Flop
With the COVID-19 ‘lab leak’ theory finally gaining mainstream legitimacy following recent reports from the Wall Street Journal, and an admission by Anthony Fauci that he’s now open to the possibility, formerly smug establishment ‘fact checkers’ are now scrambling to salvage their reputations after categorically dismissing a lab leak as a ‘debunked conspiracy theory.’
Fact-checking, like virtually everything the corporate media does to feign superiority, is a total scam: just another way for them to smuggle their own ideologically-driven disinformation and conspiracy theories under a more elevated facade: https://t.co/qeFb5J8CP1
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 19, 2021
The latest ‘fact checker’ to bend the knee is the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler – who last year issued a snarky tweet to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in response to Cruz accusing WaPo of “abandoning all pretenses of journalism to produce CCP propaganda” in response to Kessler promoting a video suggesting that an accidental lab leak was ‘doubtful.’
“We deal in facts, and viewers can judge for themselves,” Kessler sniped at Cruz.
I fear @tedcruz missed the scientific animation in the video that shows how it is virtually impossible for this virus jump from the lab. Or the many interviews with actual scientists. We deal in facts, and viewers can judge for themselves. https://t.co/TprMnaHSZL
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) May 1, 2020
Fast forward one year, and Kessler is the proud owner of a highly ratio’d tweet after being forced to eat crow over his ‘fact checking’ with a new article entitled “How the Wuhan lab-leak theory suddenly became credible.”
Kessler’s destroyed credibility did not go unnoticed:
It didn’t “suddenly become credible” it was always credible. It literally always made the most sense. I understand the desired narrative media always wanted but didn’t anyone think the most likely scenario was the virus magically originated feet from the lab that worked with it? https://t.co/XO4Y5OlKLf
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 25, 2021
You should probably revisit this one. pic.twitter.com/QpZu5eNAQT
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) May 25, 2021
We DeAl In FaCtS!!!! pic.twitter.com/JMoYtaYGcI
— Karen McLaren ❄️ (@Libercon2016) May 25, 2021
I like the line about "actual scientists". But now I'm curious how could it be "virtually impossible" for a virus to get out of a lab that studies viruses.
— Greg Scott (@gregsandiego) May 25, 2021
Speaking on the issue of destroyed credibility over early Wuhan reporting and CCP apologists is retired New York Times science editor, Nicholas Wade, who slammed the MSM on Sunday for failing to investigate the origins of COVID-19.
According to Wade, the media failed to “take off its political glasses” and see beyond facts which are being obscured by the Chinese Communist Party.
“‘I think we see a sustained Chinese propaganda effort at work,” said Wade, who was a staff writer for the Science Times section of the NYT from 1982 to 2012, in an interview with Mark Levin on “Life, Liberty & Levin.”
“But, you know, more than that, it was just the blindness, if I could put it that way, of our media — we’re too polarized to see scientific issues for their own sake without putting a political gloss on them,” Wade continued. “We don’t know for sure: The origin of the virus is just we’ve got these two possible scenarios. But if you look at all the evidence and ask yourself, well, which scenario explains all these facts better on present evidence, it seems, to me at least, that the lab-escape hypothesis explains it a lot better.”
“But it’s a sort of complicated conclusion to arrive at, and I can only assume that the media was blindsided, they didn’t do the work that was necessary.”
Let’s not mince words Wade, the Media opposed the lab leak theory because President Trump promoted it, and the CCP has its tentacles deeply embedded in American propagandists who breathlessly peddle their talking points.
This all brings into doubt the fact-checking business. If this particular incident was so egregiously narrative-controlled by the Chinese Communist Party and others, can we really trust any of the “arbiters of truth”? This isn’t just some random guy at a little publication. This is the head of the fact-checking department at the Washington Post. If he’s so clearly compromised, can we assume anyone in the fact-checking business isn’t?
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