After nearly a year of insistence on the part of Democrats and the mainstream media that anyone suggesting that COVID-19 came from a lab and not from dead bat was a crazed conspiracy theorist, reports have emerged that even senior Biden administration officials have now acknowledged that the former theory is just as like as the latter to be correct, as the Daily Wire reports.
According to a Friday report from CNN, “Senior Biden administration officials overseeing an intelligence review into the origins of the coronavirus now believe the theory that the virus accidentally escaped from a lab in Wuhan is at least as credible as the possibility that it emerged naturally in the wild.”
As the liberal cable news outlet noted, this represents “a dramatic shift from a year ago, when Democrats publicly downplayed the so-called lab leak theory.”
Back when Donald Trump was president, CNN, among other mainstream outlets, memorably took great pains to denounce and delegitimize anyone who dared argue that the virus was more likely to have originated in a Chinese lab than from animal-to-human transmission at a traditional Asian wet market.
Revelations about the Biden administration’s newfound openness to the lab-leak theory comes on the heels of greater calls from lawmakers to conduct a more comprehensive investigation into the origins of the coronavirus, as well as a reversal on the part of major social media platforms that once censored content discussing the possibility that the virus was indeed man-made, as Politico noted earlier this year.
The apparent narrative shift also tracks with one also recently announced by the director general of the World Health organization, who just declared his acceptance of the possibility that the virus emerged from a lab, not a natural source, according to the New York Post.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus last week asserted the need for China to be “transparent, open and cooperate” and provide his organization with the “raw data” first requested at the start of the pandemic. He further indicated his regret about the “premature push” that was made to quash questions about the possibility that COVID-19 came from the Chinese government’s virology lab located in Wuhan.
The about-face that has been increasingly taking hold among the liberal intelligentsia on this topic in recent months is, however, not terribly hard to understand, according to ABC News’ Jonathan Karl who said, as the Daily Wire noted, “a lot of people have egg on their face” for discounting the lab leak hypothesis primarily because it was previously put forth by Trump and a number of Republican lawmakers.
David Leonhardt of the New York Times reached a similar conclusion, saying that folks “leaped to dismiss” the theory by telling themselves, “Wow, if Tom Cotton is saying something, it can’t be true.” Though it seems highly unlikely that this scandalous episode might serve as a pivotal teaching moment for those who uncritically believe whatever leftist media narrative they are fed, hope does spring eternal.