CNN's Smerconish complains of COVID lab leak theory 'politics,' despite network dismissing it for months

“슬프게도, Covid-19의 기원은 우리가 모든 사실을 알기 전에 당파 적 갑옷을 입히는 또 다른 문제가되었습니다.,” Smerconish 말했다, 키론과 함께, “Origin of COVID poisoned by politics.” “Smerconish calls out the politics of COVID-19 origin theories,” the title of Smerconish’s monologue on CNN.com read.

The host went on to challenge social media users and callers who have asked the question, “who cares?” 바이러스에 대한 정보’ origins, insisting thathe cares” 때문에 “there needs to be accountability.

But viewers who watched Smerconish try and paint himself as a warrior in the fight for information recalled how CNN not so long ago treated any news of a lab leak as a conspiracy. Much of the media have only begun to seriously examine the idea the virus could have escaped from a lab in recent weeks. Speculation has only grown since a Wall Street Journal report last week 공개 that three lab researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology fell ill in November 2019 COVID와 유사한 증상.

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CNN made several appearances in freelance writer Drew Holden’s recent thread about the media’s about-face on the lab leak theory. 예를 들어, the outlet quoted a virologist calling the theoryout of a comic book,” and Chris Cillizza published a piece bragging that Dr. 안토니 포시 “crushedformer President Donald Trump’s belief that the virus could have escaped from a lab. As Holden noted, Cillizza was akey voicefor the network on this subject.

Smerconish said if the lab leak theory proves true, it should spur an investigation into gain-of-function research and how much of a role U.S. funding played in it. His guest, former New York Times science reporter Nicholas Wade, agreed the mediahas let us downby taking aflimsy storyabout natural occurrence at face value.

“주류 매체, newspapers and television networks, they just bought into that story without doing any serious digging of their own,” Wade said. “That is why we have been in this sort of delusion for more than a year. Our media has let us down by failing to investigate a very flimsy story that these two groups of virologists put out.

하지만 다시, the host did not call out CNN as one of the culprits.

Smerconish later revealed the results of a poll on Smerconish.com showing a majority of voters believed COVID-19 escaped from a lab in Wuhan, 중국, as opposed to having developed naturally. “와,” he said in response, adding the answer probably would have been much different if the question had been asked just a few weeks earlier.

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CNN host Chris Cuomo incorrectly told viewers this week that the U.S. government never took the lab leak notion seriously until recently. NewsBusters uncovered a clip that Cuomo reported on the possibility last April.

President Biden announced this week he had asked the intelligence community to more closely assess 바이러스’ possible origins and to report back to him in 90 일.

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