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Credibility crisis: The New York Times misled America about COVID lab leak theory


The New York Times was among the many media organizations in 2020 that pushed the narrative that the COVID lab leak theory was some sort of wild conspiracy being pushed by the far right. 

As the Times reported earlier this week, “new intelligence has prompted the Energy Department to conclude that an accidental laboratory leak in China most likely caused the coronavirus pandemic.” The Times was referring to a bombshell report that the U.S. Energy Department believes the virus likely originated from a lab leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology – a notion that FBI Director Christopher Wray has since confirmed. But the liberal “paper of record” didn’t always accept the possibility that COVID began in the Wuhan lab.

In 2020, the Times published a report headlined, “Trump officials are said to press spies to link virus and Wuhan labs,” that suggested the former president wanted to manufacture a connection. 

The report claimed, “administration officials have pushed American spy agencies to hunt for evidence to support an unsubstantiated theory that a government laboratory in Wuhan” was the source of the virus. It also reported that “analysts are concerned that the pressure from administration officials will distort…

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