The Ukranian Bio-Labs And The Smearing Of Tulsi Gabbard: An Ethics Mess

I nearly included this post’s sub-title in the headline, but it was too long: “Gee, wouldn’t it be great if the United States had a trustworthy, objective and competent journalistic establishment that we could rely on for critical facts?”

We don’t have such an establishment, however.

Gabbard, the former Democratic member of Congress from Hawaii who acquired more delegates in her run for the Presidency in 2020 than Kamala Harris [insert inappropriate cackle here], is roundly detested by her own party and the mainstream news media (but I repeat myself) for refusing to follow party talking points and false narratives on a variety of issues. The latest in her political muckraking is a two-minute video posted to her Twitter account, in which she stated that there are 25 to 30 American-funded biological laboratories in Ukraine and called for an immediate ceasefire around them before an accident spreads dangerous pathogens.

Gabbard’s comments were accused of bolstering Russian claims that the U.S. is developing biological and chemical weapons in Ukraine laboratories. The first whispers of U.S. involvement came from Alex Jones’ InfoWars platform, which is like saying they originated at Mad Magazine. Social media has been spreading the rumor for several weeks, and Russian and Chinese state-run media have be employing the story as anti-U.S., pro-invasion propaganda.

The problem is that the biolabs do exist. The World Health Organization—not that it is particularly trustworthy either— called for Ukraine to destroy pathogens this week to prevent the spread of disease if a laboratory is attacked. So far, there is no reported evidence of the U.S. supporting biological labs in Ukraine. The U.S denies doing so….you know, like Dr. Fauci denied U.S. funding of biolabs in China.

After the Democratic Party’s media goons pounced on Gabbard, the GOP’s Mitt Romney joined the mugging, tweeting,

Gabbard, no weenie she, didn’t take Romney’s attack lying down, and returned fire, saying in a tweet-storm…

“Mitt Romney, you have called me a ‘treasonous liar’ for stating the fact that ‘there are 25+ US-funded biolabs in Ukraine which if breached would release & spread deadly pathogens to US/world’ and therefore must be secured in order to prevent new pandemics. Bizarrely, you claim that securing these labs (or even calling for securing these labs) is treasonous and will lead to a loss of life, when the exact opposite is obviously true. The spread of pathogens is what will cause the loss of life, not the prevention of such spread. Senator Romney, please provide evidence that what I said is untrue and treasonous. If you cannot, you should do the honorable thing: apologize and resign from the Senate.

Let’s recap briefly:

  • There Mitt goes again, with a false definition of “treason.”
  • Tulsi’s rebuttal is deceitful: Mitt obviously wasn’t saying that her warning is treasonous, but that repeating Russian propaganda (and Alex Jones conspiracy theories) is treasonous….though it’s not.

Then the progressive-biased Daily Beast rushed to the aid of the anti-Gabbard mob be accusing her of being manipulated by….!

…a Russian agent!

The Beast headlined its article , “Accused Russian Agent Gave to One Politician: Tulsi Gabbard,” so social media picked up the metaphorical ball and ran down the field. The former Hawaii congresswoman was labeled a Russian “mole,” a Putin “asset,” and ”Tulsi Moscow Gabbard.” Within hours, the story had racked up thousands of retweets and tens of thousands of likes.

Do you know how much money that “Russian agent” contributed to Gabbard? The total amount, mentioned five paragraphs deep into the article: $59.95.  This was so absurd that even the lefter-than-left website Mother Jones felt obligated to shout “Foul!”

So we are back to that sub-title. Thanks to the fact, and it is a fact, that we can’t trust any media sources to answer the crucial threshold ethics inquiry question of “What’s going on here?” because they are all stinking with bias, there is no way at this point to know whether Gabbard is accurate of not. We certainly know we can’t trust the denials from our government, the claims of Alex Jones, or the statements by Russia or China.

Incredibly, the only player in this farce that has behaved ethically beyond a shadow of a doubt is Mother Jones.

13 thoughts on “The Ukranian Bio-Labs And The Smearing Of Tulsi Gabbard: An Ethics Mess

  1. Tulsi’s rebuttal is deceitful: Mitt obviously wasn’t saying that her warning is treasonous, but that repeating Russian propaganda (and Alex Jones conspiracy theories) is treasonous….though it’s not.

    Mitt Romney was stating that Tusli tweet repeating lies she new to be false, thus she telling “lies”, and calling that behavior “treasonous”. Tulsi asserted that she was repeating information she reasonably believed to be true, thus not lying, and not possibly committing treason by Romney’s absurd standard.

    Romney is a grandstanding ass; if Tusli’s response were deceitful, it be only because she was set up “When did you stop committing treason against your wife”-style. The accusation is so flawed and made in bad faith, that responding not-deceitfully level of care and acumen perhaps barely possible on Twitter.

    • The accusation is so flawed and made in bad faith, that responding not-deceitfully *requires a* level of care and acumen perhaps barely possible on Twitter

  2. So let me get this straight…There are biolabs in Ukraine, they may or may not be US funded and instead of addressing Tulsi’s main point on removing the danger, the media would rather dismiss the whole claim because it makes the US look complicit in Russia’s invasion?

  3. I have far more faith in the claims made by Tulsi Gabbard than I have in Mitt Romney or any of the others who are as jumping of the anti-Russia bandwagon. I am sick of the pseudo-patriots who throw around the word treason when they are either ignorant of the facts or seek to twist the relevant issues in partisan spin.

    We were told that we were not funding any gain of function research in the Wuhann virology lab which we later found out to be true. Biden tells us all our problems are Putin’s fault. Our commander in chief thinks we are a bunch of morons who will accept that the inflationary spiral we are in began only a few weeks ago when Russia was positioning its troops on the Ukrainian border. Unfortunately, many Americans are fucking morons that need a bogeyman to assuage their guilt of failing to be informed citizens.

    Let me remind people that it was we who created the conditions for the Cuban missile crisis when we put our Jupiter missiles aimed at Russia in Turkey in 1959 and orchestrated attempts to oust the Russia supported leader of Cuba through violence. Our national security apparatus at the time were as much anti-Russian communists as they are today.

    History is repeating itself. By creating the impression that Ukraine was poised to become part of NATO – which could lead to NATO tactical nukes on Russia’s border – could have precipitated a welcomed opportunity for Putin to act on his ambitions to reconstitute the Soviet empire by giving him an excuse to take Ukraine for defensive purposes.

    Getting back to the Gabbard attacks, to our elected officials I say you took an oath to uphold the Constitution that means you have a duty to allow differing points of view and an opportunity to rebut the facts as presented. You do not have the right to smear those with opposing points of view or a different or better understanding of the facts simply to win an argument. Until you learn that I will ignore all of your calls for diversity.

    FACT: It was Debra Nueland of the State Department responding to Marco Rubio’s direct question about bio-weapons facilities in Ukraine last week when she stated Ukraine had bio-labs containing pathogens that they were worried that they might fall into Russian hands. You don’t worry about labs creating testing reagents, doing cancer research or other low threat work. Is she (Neuland) a Russian operative as was claimed by HRC about Gabbard? Granted Rubio did not ask if we funded them nor did Nueland elaborate on who was funding this research but given that we do fund research around the world any rebuttal to Gabbard’s should have been focused on proving that we had no involvement and not on claims these are Putin’s disinformation. And if Mitt Romney, et al, want to pursue the disinformation track then they must prove their positions by providing facts not simple unsupported claims.

    The propaganda war flows both ways. Putin is a thug as are many in our current and past administrations. Biden is a pathological liar who cannot be trusted to tell you if it is raining or not. Both Biden and Putin lie to advance their ambitions, but Biden lies to avoid personal responsibility and accountability. When was the last time a politician took responsibility for a bad decision? When have politicians laid out the actual relevant pro’s and con’s of various pieces of legislation they are voting for or against?

    It matters little if we funded whatever is going on in those research labs or if someone else did if those pathogens get released and start killing people. That was Gabbard’s main point.

  4. One thing is certain; we don’t know nearly enough about the situation in Ukraine to form a clear picture. I recall Biden’s former boss stating on an open mic, in a discussion with Putin, that he’d have more freedom to do whatever after being reelected. The conversation certainly seemed to be taking place between two individuals who were quite comfortable chatting together about international affairs. I also recall that it was Biden who was threatening Ukraine if they didn’t do as he wished. Now, we’re being told, on various platforms, that Putin is the bad guy, or Ukraine is the bad guy, the invasion is bad, or the invasion is justified, borders are bad, or borders are good, and there seems to be no consistency in these positions from either side of the political spectrum. Now, we’re being told that (supposedly illicit) virus research is being done in Ukraine, and I’ve even seem claims that this coronavirus, stated for some time to have originated in China, is more likely from Ukraine.

    What, at this stage, can we believe and trust? The more time passes, the less I trust any news sources. Mainstream media certainly can’t be considered honest any longer, and many of the sites called “alternate news” or even “conservative news” are posting sensationalist articles, rabid speculation, and outright nonsense. I’ve been considering the possibility that someone is in control of both “sides” of the reporting, manipulating things, spreading different lies to different people, and causing massive confusion. I wish there was a source we could trust, but I can’t name one that hasn’t been more than a little shady.

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