Washington Post: Wuhan lab-leak scenario ‘suddenly credible’

On the heels of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s admission that the lab-leak theory is a possible explanation for the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington Post is also changing its tune amid growing circumstantial evidence.

The story, “Timeline: How the Wuhan lab-leak theory suddenly became credible,” is by Glenn Kessler, who writes the Post’s “Fact Checker” column.

Kessler wrote Tuesday that in “recent months the idea that it emerged from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) – once dismissed as a ridiculous conspiracy theory – has gained new credence.”

“How and why did this happen?” he asked. “For one, efforts to discover a natural source of the virus have failed. Second, early efforts to spotlight a lab leak often got mixed up with speculation that the virus was deliberately created as a bioweapon.”

Kessler – known for his “Pinocchio” ratings evaluating the truthfulness of statements by public figures and media – said that those two facts made it “easier for many scientists to dismiss the lab scenario as tin-hat nonsense.”

But there is evidence that the Wuhan lab collaborated with the People’s Liberation Army, and many who long have been skeptical of the natural-origin theory pushed by Beijing argue establishment media simply didn’t do their job. Instead, they took the word of the Chinese Communist Party and of scientists blinded by a hatred for Donald Trump and, in some instances, saddled with a conflict of interest.

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