featureless wrote: Mon Jun 07, 2021 1:42 pm
FrontSight wrote: Mon Jun 07, 2021 1:09 pm
https://www.yahoo.com/news/condoleezza- ... 58995.html
"There was too much of a tendency early on to dismiss this possibility of a laboratory leak, and I think there was a lot, and I think the press bears some responsibility for this," Rice said in an interview with "Face the Nation" that aired Sunday. "'Well, it had to be animal-to-human transmission.' These were conspiracy theories about a laboratory leak. And in fact, some of the evidence was right in front of our faces."
She is clearly correct, but let's talk about WHY the press wasn't open to the lab leak theory... Because it came from the mouth of Donald Trump, out of which 9 out of 10 things are blatant lies. Then to throw further fuel on the fire, he offered absolutely NO evidence to support the claim. And lastly, while pushing his theory, he inserted the maximum amount of racist bile.
So, pardon us all if we didn't take him seriously...He's generally not someone to believe, pretty much EVER.
Yeah, but the press has the duty to find and report truth. The press, like so many others, were blind to anything Trump said/did that had nuggets of good/truth in it (not that there were many).
I agree, the press did a piss poor job during the last four years. They gave knee jerk responses to anything that Trump said, they could have investigated like what is being done right now. We know chemical warfare exists, Russia's infamous Novichok is a prime example. And of course China was dismissing talk of lab leaks as being anti-Chinese or anti-Asian. We now know that there were SARS Cov-1 leaks in that lab so it's not hard to believe that this may have been developed there and unintentionally leaked.
https://www.axios.com/blinken-china-cov ... f3e9a.html
Secretary of State Antony Blinken told "Axios on HBO" the Biden administration is determined to "get to the bottom" of COVID-19's origins, and said the U.S. will hold China accountable.
"The most important reason we have to get to the bottom of this is that's the only way we're going to be able to prevent the next pandemic or at least do a better job in mitigating it," he said during a wide-ranging interview in the State Department's Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room.
Blinken said China still hasn't "given us the transparency we need," access for international inspectors and experts, or real-time information sharing. "That has to happen," he added. "(A)t the end of the day, it's profoundly in China's interest to do this, as well."
Blinken said that if China "purports to be a responsible international actor," it will have "to do everything it can to provide all the information it has to make sure we can hopefully prevent this from happening again."
On U.S. companies doing business with China, Blinken said it's "very important" they not "aid and abet ... China's ability to use surveillance technology to repress its own people, or to export that technology to allow other autocratic or authoritarian governments from doing the same thing."
In an executive order issued Friday, President Biden expanded the list of Chinese companies whose shares are off-limits to American investors because of connections to China's "military-industrial complex."
WHO is impotent, the US and other countries can do some digging and hopefully we get closer to an answer.
"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts." - Daniel Patrick Moynihan