My priors:— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) May 23, 2021
Lab leak 60% (?? +20%)
Natural origin 40% (?? -20%) https://t.co/3D1MNOq3lu
I think the criticism of Anthony Fauci, who recently declared himself the embodiment of “science,” has grown as it has become increasingly clear to most people that he was just going along to get along. Lord Fauci buried the lab leak hypothesis a year ago for the Democrats based on dubious evidence. Even if you hate Trump, he called it the “China virus” and said it might have leaked from the lab and Fauci propping up that false consensus unquestionably had a major impact on the 2020 election.
As for Brian Stelter, his show “Reliable Sources” has become something of a running joke in populist circles. A large part of his dwindling audience are people who tune in every Sunday to catch up on the conventional wisdom of the political establishment. What obsequious thing will Stelter say next? Who in power will he have on his show to suck up to this weekend? Jen Psaki? Jonathan Greenblatt?
Notice how he doesn’t ask any penetrating questions about Fauci. He just gossips about people and discusses the conventional wisdom with Oliver Darcy, a political hack who got Alex Jones banned from social media, and Amanda Carpenter who is a Never Trumper from The Bulwark.
Note: Nate Silver now leans toward the lab leak hypothesis. It is worth recalling that the polls in the last two presidential elections also turned out to be hilariously wrong.