China Spreading Misinformation About COVID's Origins As WHO Investigation Lingers

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by Tyler Durden
Monday, Dec 07, 2020 - 05:20 PM

Something strange is going on at the New York Times, in that the paper all of a sudden seems keen on digging hard into the truth about the origins about Covid-19. In fact, as of last week, CNN appears to be doing the same. 

This weekend the Times published a lengthy piece that looked into how China is peddling different stories to try and cover up the origins of the Covid pandemic. These efforts come as the World Health Organization readies an investigation into how the virus jumped from animals to humans. 

In addition to reporting on China's misinformation, the piece also seemed to lend credence to the idea that the "official narrative" out of China (that got us banned from Twitter for some time) may not be the gospel the mainstream media once thought it was.

The NYT refutes deflections from China, where officials are now blaming everybody but themselves as the culprit for Covid. The article noted that "state news media has published false stories misrepresenting foreign experts" in order to suggest the virus came from outside of China. 

One non-peer reviewed paper from the state run Chinese Academy of Sciences suggested that India could be to blame. It states: “Wuhan is not the place where human-to-human SARS-CoV-2 transmission first happened.” The paper was submitted to, and then mysteriously pulled by its authors from The Lancet. 

The country is also pushing a narrative that frozen food from other countries could have started the pandemic. Wu Zunyou, the chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said recently: “More and more evidence suggests that the frozen seafood or meat products probably spread the virus from countries with the epidemic into our country.”

But experts have said "packaged food alone cannot explain why the first major outbreak took place in Wuhan."

Erin Baggott Carter, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Southern California, said the misinformation is to try and skirt blame, plain and simple. She said: “If Xi is able to escape blame for the coronavirus, that reduces one major source of discontent with his rule.”

The ramp up of misinformation comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) is starting an investigation into Covid's origins. China has "tightly controlled" the WHO's efforts in the past, the NYT notes:

The party also appears eager to muddy the waters as the World Health Organization begins an investigation into the question of how the virus jumped from animals to humans, a critical inquiry that experts say is the best hope to avoid another pandemic. China, which has greatly expanded its influence in the W.H.O. in recent years, has tightly controlled the effort by designating Chinese scientists to lead key parts of the investigation.

WHO emergency director Michael Ryan said: “We need to start where we found the first cases and that is in Wuhan in China.”

Recall, about 10 months after Zero Hedge was suspended from Twitter and ridiculed by those peddling the "official" narrative about Covid-19 for an article we published asking critical questions about the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, the Washington Post also did the same thing.

As a reminder, in January 2020, shortly after we asked if "This [Is] The Man Behind The Global Coronavirus Pandemic", referring to Wuhan Institute Of Virology scientist Peng Zhou (who three months later was being investigated by western spy agencies for his role in creating Covid) and some low-grade "reporter" from Buzzfeed decided to report us to Twitter for "doxxing" Zhou using publicly available information, Twitter told us our account had been suspended.

Recall, in September 2020, Twitter also nuked the account of "rogue" Chinese virologist, Dr. Li-Meng Yan, who "shocked" the world of establishment scientists and other China sycophants, by publishing a "smoking gun" scientific paper demonstrating that the Covid-19 virus was manmade.

It was not immediately clear what justification Twitter had to suspend the scientist who, to the best of our knowledge, had just 4 tweets - none of which violated any stated Twitter policies - and the only relevant tweet being a link to her scientific paper co-written with three other Chinese scientists titled "Unusual Features of the SARS-CoV-2 Genome Suggesting Sophisticated Laboratory Modification Rather Than Natural Evolution and Delineation of Its Probable Synthetic Route" which laid out why the Wuhan Institute of Virology had created the covid-19 virus.

For those who missed it, here is our post breaking down Dr. Yan's various allegations which twitter saw fit to immediately censor instead of allowing a healthy debate to emerge.

133 days after Twitter "permanently" banned Zero Hedge on January 31, the network reinstated us after admitting it made an error. 167 days after that, the Washington Post asked the questions that got us banned in the first place. Now, 309 days since our initial "permanent" ban, it appears The New York Times isn't sold on the official narrative either. 

Of course, there are numerous theories as to why the NYT cares so much all of a sudden...

...but regardless of whether or not the mainstream media embraces it - and, if they do, regardless of for what reason - the truth will eventually make its way out.

You can read the full NYT report here.