I periodically am asked why I insist on referring to the pandemic virus, which unquestionably originated in China, almost certainly in the Wuhan province, and was allowed to spread world-wide in part by cover-up activities by the Chinese government, “The Wuhan virus.” After all, the edict came down from our politically-correct betters that this term was “racist,” despite the fact that it conveyed useful and accurate information that the technical term “COVID” does not.
I typically reply that I call it the Wuhan virus because that’s where it came from, and virtually every other virus has been named for its place of origin (sometimes inaccurately). I also do so in defiance of the open scheme among the news media to try to advance the Big Lie that President Trump was being racist by using the term when the news media itself had employed it before deciding this was one more opportunity to undermine Trump’s Presidency.
In addition, I furiously reject the proposition that because idiots and assholes react to truthful statements by behaving unjustly, violently and stupidly, as with the still relatively few who have attacked or abused Asian-Americans using the same cretinous rationale as those who killed dachshunds during World War I, anyone should shade the truth or avoid stating a fact. I reject the Asshole’s Veto, in other words.
There is also this motivating me: China is an international villain, and nobody should pretend otherwise or make any effort to excuse or disguise that nation’s true nature. Moreover, I am not running for office, and have succeeded in making anyone trying to justify the ban on calling a Chinese virus a Chinese virus look like the race-baiting tool that he or she is.
The entire effort to label as racist any statement, theory or belief that China bears responsibility for the virus that has killed millions and savaged the world economy would not have occurred with such fervor if it were not fueled by anti-Trump hatred and bias. Now the inconvenient truth that the virus may have originated in a Wuhan lab is exposing the despicable censorship effort for what it is, so its purveyors are desperately trying avoid the opprobrium they richly deserve.
“Days before the Wuhan wet market was bleached, whistleblowers were punished and virus samples were destroyed, someone at the high-security Wuhan Institute of Virology censored its virus database in an apparent attempt to disassociate the laboratory from a novel-coronavirus outbreak that would become a global pandemic,” reported the New York Post, citing a UK intelligence analyst. The move occurred two days before a gene sequencing lab was reportedly ordered by the Health and Medical Commission of Hubei Province to destroy samples of the new virus and withhold information. According to the report, the alterations – conducted on the evening of Dec. 30 – were substantial and occurred the day before the CCP notified the World Health Organization about the outbreak of a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan.
But it was racist for Donald Trump to refer to it as the “Wuhan virus” or the “Chinese virus,” because undermining the President of the United States was deemed more important than informing the public. As usual.
Then the Wall Street Journal reported that three lab workers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were hospitalized in late 2019 with symptoms consistent with the virus, following on to reporting by the Washington Post. With the false narrative unraveling, the Biden administration admitted that the Chinese government has tried to stop an independent investigation into the origins of the virus, and now the administration questions the validity of the China-backed WHO study that concluded the virus naturally jumped from animals to humans. Meanwhile, the inexplicably lionized Anthony Fauci, who claimed last year that there was “no scientific evidence the coronavirus was made in a Chinese lab,” flip-flopped once again, saying earlier this month that “we should continue to investigate what went on in China until we find out to the best of our ability exactly what happened.” This coincides with the revelation that Fauci’s own National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases may have funded “controversial ‘gain of function’ research where coronaviruses were made ‘more infectious in humans,’” at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
As John Travolta says in “Face-Off”: “What a coinky-dink!!”
Yesterday, since a good President was questioning the origins of the virus, Facebook announced that it would no longer censor posts that it should not have been censoring at all, ever.
“In light of ongoing investigations into the origin of COVID-19 and in consultation with public health experts, we will no longer remove the claim that COVID-19 is man-made from our apps,” said a Zuckerberg spokesperson in an email. “We’re continuing to work with health experts to keep pace with the evolving nature of the pandemic and regularly update our policies as new facts and trends emerge.” But Facebook’s embarrassment is just a small part of the fiasco.
CNN reported that President Biden canceled a Trump-era State Department investigation into the origins of the Wuhan virus on the grounds that it was just a ploy to frame China for the pandemic. The serially unethical and politically biased “factcheck” service Politifact was exposed as “stealth editing” an earlier article ‘debunking’ the lab-leak hypothesis;
Ahmari is a New York Post editor. Progressive propaganda agent VOX was also caught stealth-editing an article “debunking” the lab origin.
Perhaps the best example of how this mess has not only proven how bias makes you stupid, but also how bias lets everyone realize how stupid bias has made you, is the case of Apoorva Mandavilli (above), the Times science and global health reporter. She tweeted yesterday, “Someday we will stop talking about the lab leak theory and maybe even admit its racist roots. But alas, that day is not yet here.”
Unfortunately for her, such an idiotic and unethical tweet would have been considered standard cant in 2020, when the mainstream media relayed CCP talking points and punished anyone who strayed from the official narrative, but now such screaming obfuscation is a smoking gun. Independent journalist Glenn Greenwald responded incredulously,
“Can someone explain to me why it’s racist to wonder if a virus escaped from a Chinese lab, but it’s not racist to insist that it infected humans because of Chinese wet markets? If anything, isn’t the latter more racist? Also, isn’t the relevant question: *what happened*? Or no?”
Mandavilli deleted that tweet, but replaced it with an even more damning one, writing, “A theory can have racist roots and still gather reasonable supporters along the way. Doesn’t make the roots any less racist or the theory any more convincing, though.”
Huh? That one was taken down almost immediately, to be replaced by,
“I deleted my earlier tweets about the origins of the pandemic because they were badly phrased.’
Translation: “I took down those tweets because they exposed how biased and untrustworthy I am, and by extension, any paper that would employ me as a global health reporter.”