Retired New York Times science editor Nicholas Wade sat with conservative news host Mark Levin on his Fox News show to discuss facts surrounding the origins of COVID-19 and the Chinese culpability in its spread.
Wade and Levin also delved into the grants that have been given by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Institutes of Allergy & Infectious Disease (NIAID) to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). Dr. Fauci is allegedly deeply involved and is suddenly now claiming that the virus may have come from that lab.
Wade wrote an article that went viral in May entitled: “The origin of COVID: Did people or nature open Pandora’s box at Wuhan?” At the center of the current discussion was the article’s premise that the Chinese Communist Party obscured the origin of the virus.
“I think we see a sustained Chinese propaganda effort at work,” Wade said concerning the coronavirus’s origins. “But, you know, more than that, it was just the blindness, if I could put it that way, of our media, we’re too polarized to see scientific issues for their own sake without putting a political gloss on them.”
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“We don’t know for sure: The origin of the virus is just we’ve got these two possible scenarios. But if you look at all the evidence and ask yourself, well, which scenario explains all these facts better on present evidence, it seems, to me at least, that the lab-escape hypothesis explains it a lot better,” said Wade, who retired from The New York Times in 2012. “But it’s a sort of complicated conclusion to arrive at. And I can only assume… that the media was blindsided – they didn’t do the work that was necessary.”
Wade contends that the media has wallowed in politics when it comes to the origin of the virus. Instead of investigating like actual journalists do and taking an unbiased approach to finding answers, they have chosen sides in the issue which involves partisanship, not reporting.
Levin asked Wade about NIAID and NIH and commented that for decades the American people have “put their faith” in them as institutions: “[T]hey have a responsibility to try and figure out how this happened. I hear nothing from those institutions about where they think this virus came from other than they dismiss people who have thoughts and comments and so forth,” he declared.
Dr. Fauci leads the NIAID and the NIH is led by geneticist Dr. Franics Collins.
“It just seems to me if you’re going to be in the business of grant-giving, I don’t care if it’s three levels below or whatever it is at this point, you know, something horrific happened,” Levin noted. “Shouldn’t they have some responsibility to try and get to the bottom of it, including saying, look, we’re trying to get the data, but the communist regime in China won’t give it to us?”
Wade replied in the affirmative that the institutions had a “duty to investigate the origin” of COVID-19 and to come clean about their funding of the Wuhan lab.
“There are lots of questions that I wish the NIH had addressed a year ago and been upfront about and invited public comment and scrutiny and just laid out everything they knew and tried to see what had happened and explain it to us. And they haven’t done that,” he concluded.
Some of those questions involve three researchers from the institute who sought medical care in November of 2019, before the virus began to spread, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Wade has been speaking out frequently on the subject and it would seem that many are taking note of it.
Utterly, uterly #CRUCIAL interview to watch.
I'm not exaggerating here. Utterly crucial:https://t.co/muXynG0k9d
— Ivor Cummins (@FatEmperor) May 20, 2021
On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki called for exploring the “root causes” of the pandemic after Republicans released an interim report stating there was “significant circumstantial evidence” that the virus originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
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