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Corporate Media Politicize WHO Investigation on Covid Origins to Vilify China

Corporate Media Politicize WHO Investigation on Covid Origins to Vilify China, JOSHUA CHO  FAIR (10/6/20, 6/28/21) has previously critiqued Western news media’s credulous coverage of evidence-free “lab leak” speculations. One key factor in spreading suspicion that the coronavirus might have escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) is media’s early and ongoing politicization of the World Health Organization’s investigation into the pandemic’s origins. Much of this politicization weaponizes Orientalist tropes about China being especially, perhaps genetically, untrustworthy—the sort of people who would unleash Covid-19 on the world.

While no new evidence has emerged suggesting that the virus emerged from the WIV, many more Americans now believe it did. A Politico/Harvard poll in July, following an increase of uncritical Western media coverage on the lab leak theory, found that 52% of US adults now believe Covid-19 leaked from a lab, up from 29% in March 2020. This is contrary to the assessment of most scientists, who believe, based on available evidence, that a natural origin for the virus is more likely…………

August 26, 2021 - Posted by | 2 WORLD, media

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  1. One doesn’t need to be Sinophobic or Orientalist to question whether the origin of the virus was from a lab or from a food market. The lab-leak hypothesis points more to irresponsible and dangerous US research in Wuhan, funded apparently by the NiH, than it does to the Chinese government. A long piece in Technology Review comes to no firm conclusion: it is possible, but not probable, that there was gain-of-function US-funded research in Wuhan under security protocols that were inadequate.

    Assuming that the virus originated in a Chinese wet market has been the cause of many Sinophobic pieces in the media since the pandemic began, claiming that Chinese people’s eating habits are primitive and dangerous. So there are good cultural and political reasons to be properly sceptical of each hypothesis and to look for further evidence.

    Comment by John Smith | August 26, 2021 | Reply

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