The Atlantic publishes the latest trial balloon, and the rest of the media dutifully follow, as the story itself drowns in the Sea of Skepticism.
We recently passed the 3rd anniversary of “15-days to stop the spread” of the novel coronavirus.
During those three years, recent revelation on Twitter show that Big Pharma executives and government officials colluded to suppress information, studies, and analysis that countered the preferred narratives on the covid pandemic. Data on natural immunity, discussions challenging vaccine effectiveness, and information related to potential early treatment protocols were hidden and the authors shadow-banned or outright expelled from social media sites.
We recently reported on government agency revelations that the SARS-Cov-2 virus, which causes the illness covid, initially spread as a result of a lab leak. Despite the best efforts of former White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci and his minions to push the natural origin theory for this pathogen, 2/3rds of Americans believe the novel coronavirus came from a lab leak in China.
As the media template seems to be Democrat = natural origin, Republic = lab leak, the American press is trying to regain a hold on the narrative. So, Dr. Katherine Wu, a staff writer at the Atlantic, wrote: The Strongest Evidence Yet That an Animal Started the Pandemic.
Wu indicates that new findings show that genetic samples from China appear to link the pandemic’s origin to raccoon dogs.
A new analysis of genetic sequences collected from the market shows that raccoon dogs being illegally sold at the venue could have been carrying and possibly shedding the virus at the end of 2019. It’s some of the strongest support yet, experts told me, that the pandemic began when SARS-CoV-2 hopped from animals into humans, rather than in an accident among scientists experimenting with viruses.
“This really strengthens the case for a natural origin,” says Seema Lakdawala, a virologist at Emory University who wasn’t involved in the research. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist involved in the research, told me, “This is a really strong indication that animals at the market were infected. There’s really no other explanation that makes any sense.”
The findings won’t fully convince the entrenched voices on either side of the origins debate.
Few will be convinced, because the media and “experts” have lost all credibility on this subject.
For instance The New York Times dutifully picked up the torch, and reported this hot take.
…But the analysis did establish that raccoon dogs — fluffy animals that are related to foxes and are known to be able to transmit the coronavirus — deposited genetic signatures in the same place where genetic material from the virus was left, the three scientists said. That evidence, they said, was consistent with a scenario in which the virus had spilled into humans from a wild animal.
Many “news” outlets are now running with the report, including the New York Post. However, that paper added an intriguing tidbit.
The analysis of the genetic sequences has been led by Kristian Andersen, a virologist at the Scripps Research Institute in California; Edward Holmes, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Sydney in Australia; and Michael Worobey, a virologist at the University of Arizona.
Andersen was one of the authors on “The Proximal Origin of SARS-CoV-2,” a report that was coordinated by Fauci to disprove the lab leak and gain-of-function theories about the coronavirus.
At this point, I would like to step back and offer a few thoughts. While researching this piece, I came across some information presented by John Sexton at Hot Air:
Evolutionary biologist Michael Worobey is in a unique position because he was not a knee-jerk defender of natural spillover. In fact, he signed a letter in May of 2021 arguing the lab leak should be taken seriously. But a few months later he became convinced natural spillover was a far more likely explanation.
It’s clear-cut these wild, live animals, including raccoon dogs and red foxes, were in the market. We have photographic evidence from December 2019. A concerned customer evidently took these photos and videos of the market on Dec. 3 and posted them on Weibo [because it was illegal to sell certain live animals]. The photos were promptly scrubbed. But a CNN reporter had communicated directly with the person who took the photos. I was able to get in touch with this reporter, and they passed on those photos from the source.
As interesting as all this information is, there is a timeline developed by security agencies and put together by a Republican House committee that shows that many elements related to covid outbreak isn’t well explained by raccoon dogs in a wet market stall.
These include coal miners dying of a covid-like illness (when bats were being blamed), a series of pervasive biosafety-related projects (on the waste treatment and ventilation systems) being done in the summer of 2018 on a unit that was five years old at the time, and Shi Zheng-li (“Bat Lady” researcher leading the studies of bat viruses), Peter Daszak (head of the NIH grant-getting the New York-based EcoHealth Alliance), and a team of scientists were isolating novel coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology from 2015 forward.
Finally, even if the original virus did come from a raccoon dog, a sample of that virus could have escaped in a lab leak from the institute.
I agree that we will never know exactly where the novel coronavirus came from. However, a large part of that reason is that China covered up much evidence. Dr. Jamie Metzl, Ph.D., senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, had this to say at a recent congressional hearing.
Jamie Metzl testified how China’s government destroyed samples, hid records, imprisoned Chinese journalists, prevented Chinese scientists from saying or writing anything on pandemic origins without prior government approval, actively spread misinformation, and prevented an evidence-based investigation.
There was a lot of mocking a derision of the latest “raccoon dog” trial balloon.
The new natural origin propaganda from The Atlantic is literally laughable. Their source is literally a scientist who helped coverup Lab Leak in the first place. The so-called "infected" dog sample was collected *after* COVID already leaked from the Wuhan lab months earlier pic.twitter.com/hHmFqIsqOr
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) March 17, 2023
From Jan, 2020, I told the public that I refused to help CCP to claim raccoon dog as the host of #COVID19🦠.
Because my investigation shows that raccoon dog is NOT the host at all. Now CCP claims that raccoon dog is the host as planned, and the nature-origin campaign is excited🤡 pic.twitter.com/j3F7qYmQyh
— Dr. Li-Meng YAN (@DrLiMengYAN1) March 17, 2023
They told us #COVID went from a bat, to a pangolin, to now, a RACCOON DOG.
But if you think it came from a lab, you’re a conspiracy theorist.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) March 17, 2023
There are so many more great tweets . . . as this hot take drowns in the Sea of Skepticism.
— Leslie Eastman ☥ (@Mutnodjmet) March 18, 2023
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