Good fact-checkers are there to help perpetuate the illusion of competence — professional ass-coverers who keep it from being obvious that your favorite reporter only just learned terms like “hanging chad” or “herd immunity.” https://t.co/LjGmyZn2l0— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) May 24, 2021
Oh my god: I didn't realize what her job is.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 26, 2021
The NYT's COVID reporter is saying we should stop talking about the lab leak theory — *even if it's how COVID entered humans *– because that theory (unlike, I guess, the wet market theory) is racist.
Who cares what happened: NYT. pic.twitter.com/NAtI9N2mJx
As Matt Taibbi said yesterday on the Jimmy Dore Show, the main reason that the corporate media so badly bungled the origin of COVID is that most “journalists” don’t know shit about anything and rely on “experts” and other authority figures who often have an agenda that gets in the way of the truth. Most don’t even have a basic grasp of how science works and invoke “science” as a cudgel to silence dissent.
At the New York Times, the serious “journalists” range from Donald McNeil, Jr. who was their main guy on COVID and who was up for a Pulitzer before he was canceled who thought the lab leak theory was “tarred” by association with Donald Trump and the “far right” to the even younger and dumber woke Millennial crowd like Taylor Lorenz who specialize in being exhausted and traumatized and too precious for this world. The people who have given credibility to the lab leak hypothesis are folks like Nicholas Wade who used to work there but have been driven out due to wokeness.