Cotton Mocked by Media for Coronavirus Idea

Cotton Mocked by Media for Coronavirus Idea

Cotton Mocked by Media for Coronavirus Idea

Do you know with absolute certainty how the coronavirus started? Me neither. But when Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) appeared on Fox News on Sunday morning and briefly talked about a biochemical lab near Wuhan, the media went bonkers. Cotton is promoting fringe conspiracy theories among rubes and Trump supporters!

But — as far as the media are concerned — I repeat myself.

Here’s the video of Cotton’s appearance on “Sunday Morning Futures” with Maria Bartiromo. He does discuss the biochemical lab and also points out that the United States has them, too. But he mostly discussed how the CCP’s duplicity has made the virus’s spread worse.

But if you had seen the New York Times, you would’ve read a completely different take. For example, here’s their headline:

“Senator Tom Cotton Repeats Fringe Theory of Coronavirus Origins” 

Next thing you know the NYT will also claim that Tom Cotton said the Chinese are turning their frogs gay, too.

First of all, he didn’t repeat a “fringe theory” by noting that there is a biochemical lab nearby. And he also said this:

“We don’t have evidence that this disease originated there but because of China’s duplicity and dishonesty from the beginning, we need to at least ask the question to see what the evidence says, and China right now is not giving evidence on that question at all.”

Did you catch that? We don’t have evidence that this disease originated there. So what’s the problem with Cotton even talking about the lab?


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According to the NYT:

“But it is the sort of tale that resonates with an expanding chorus of voices in Washington who see China as a growing Soviet-level threat to the United States, echoing the anti-Communist thinking of the Cold War era.”

Anti-Communist? Cold War era? Okay, Boomer! Opposing communism is so last century!

The NYT continues to point out that questioning the presence of the lab is something that only right-wing nuts do. That would be people like Bill Gertz of the conservative Washington Times and Steve Bannon, formerly of the Trump administration. And of course they also cited their favorite boogieman: Fox News.

Not only that, but the NYT also pointed fingers at Guo Wengui, a Chinese fugitive billionaire, claiming that he is also responsible for spreading a conspiracy. According to Guo:

“I said a year ago that Chinese Communist Party might create a massive humanitarian crisis or a natural disaster or a pandemic before it dies.”

Maybe, maybe not. But that’s not at all what Tom Cotton was even talking about, was it?

Cotton pushed back against the media who are branding him a conspiracy kook. He posted at Twitter:

He followed up with a Twitter thread, making these points about the possible origins of coronavirus:

“1. Natural (still the most likely, but almost certainly not from the Wuhan food market)”

“2. Good science, bad safety (eg, they were researching things like diagnostic testing and vaccines, but an accidental breach occurred)”

“3. Bad science, bad safety (this is the engineered-bioweapon hypothesis, with an accidental breach)”

“4. Deliberate release (very unlikely, but shouldn’t rule out till the evidence is in)”

“Again, none of these are “theories” and certainly not “conspiracy theories.” They are hypotheses that ought to be studied in light of the evidence, if the Chinese Communist Party would provide it.”

But never mind what Cotton says. The media are more than happy to trot out their “experts” to show everyone what a crackpot Cotton is.

Like Richard Ebright of Rutgers University, who told the Washington Post:

“There’s absolutely nothing in the genome sequence of this virus that indicates the virus was engineered. The possibility this was a deliberately released bioweapon can be firmly excluded.”

And the WaPo also quotes Vipin Narang from MIT:

“I don’t think it’s particularly helpful, and it’s borderline irresponsible to — and it’s without evidence, so at this point it’s a conspiracy theory — peddle it.”

Let’s review again, shall we? That’s. Not. What. Tom. Cotton. Said.

Cotton has long been a critic of China. For instance, he supported legislation aimed at reducing China’s influence on the United States. He has also urged the Trump administration to sanction Chinese officials who participate in persecution of the Uyghar Muslims. And he also co-sponsored a bill to curb China’s aggressive expansion in the South China Sea.

It’s quite obvious that Sen. Cotton does not trust China, a Communist nation which has long proved itself to be deceitful. Nor does he trust what the CCP tells the world about coronavirus, either. So he posited the idea that maybe, just maybe, the virus has something to do with the nearby biochemical lab. He doesn’t try to prove that it does, but neither can anyone prove otherwise. Even the “experts” that the WaPo trotted out.

Cotton is not promoting a fringe conspiracy theory, nor is he about to take the reins from Alex Jones. But he is a Republican, a conservative, and a supporter of the President. And Rick Wilson would probably add him to the “credulous boomer rube demo” that thinks “elitists are dumb.” So in the world of the mainstream media, he’s become a fanatic kook who promotes conspiracies.

And then the media wonder why so many people look upon them with disgust.


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  • talgus says:

    these are the same “respected Journalist” that were hyping Avenatti for President in 2020 as a good solid candidate. their judgement is beyond suspect. their knee jerk response is always full frontal attack.

  • cirby says:

    I’m old enough to remember when there was an anthrax outbreak in the Soviet Union that they blamed on bad meat from a market.

    …except it was an accidental release of anthrax spores from a biological warfare production line.

    The Russians didn’t admit to the true story until three years after the fall of the Soviet Union.

  • Skillyboo says:

    Could the networks possibly be ignoring that take because their advertisers don’t want to step on the toes of the Chinese and be excluded from their market?

  • Joe in PNG says:

    Funny- the same media that’s looking for Reds under every Republican bed, and uncritically reports Hillary’s hysterical belief that everyone from the President to the PM of England to various Democratic presidential candidates to her mailman is a Russian Deep Cover agent- this same media is now going to have the damn gall to condescend that somehow, this is some kind of Cold War Relic thinking?

  • Drew458 says:

    Funny how ZeroHedge was saying it right out loud several days ago. But they’re a bunch of tinfoil hat conspiracy whackos. And today’s news, from a paper written by two prominent bio scholars in China, is now saying “um, we may have built this virus in our bio lab in Wuhan.” This, at the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which is hardly 300 yards away from the wet market.

    “In summary, somebody was entangled with the evolution of 2019-nCoV coronavirus. In addition to origins of natural recombination and intermediate host, the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan. Safety level may need to be reinforced in high risk biohazardous laboratories. Regulations may be taken to relocate these laboratories far away from city center and other densely populated places.”

    Actually China has more than one bio lab in Wuhan, the National Bio-safety Laboratory is their BEST and ONLY “level 4” contained research facility in their nation is 8 miles away (some say 20 miles). What is the containment level of this closer place? 3? 2? 0? Maybe not the best place to have vast amounts of infectious diseases on hand and 605 infected live (and tasty) bats.

  • GWB says:

    But it is the sort of tale that resonates with an expanding chorus of voices in Washington who
    Who have Chinese names and work at a Chinese technical institute?

    A new bombshell paper from the Beijing-sponsored South China University of Technology says that the Wuhan Center for Disease Control (WHCDC) could have spawned the contagion in Hubei province.

    ‘The possible origins of 2019-nCoV coronavirus,’ penned by scholars Botao Xiao and Lei Xiao claims the WHCDC kept disease-ridden animals in laboratories, including 605 bats.

    The US media is so indoctrinated into their cult they can’t even gather information decently, much less publish it.

  • Drew458 says:

    I’d like to know what map source the Daily Mail is using. Look that spot up on Google or Bing or whatever. It is not labeled. The place should be right across the street from the Tianya 1911 hotel. approx: 30.613777, 114.261898
    Half the places on their map are not on either of those other two maps. Flip the maps to Aerial view and you get pictures of skyscrapers. Apartment buildings or giant office high rises. What gives?

    Heck, try even finding WHCDC online, much less on a map. It may also go by the name Hubei Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention and be listed as an “institute of non-communicable disease control and prevention” which would imply that doing coronavirus work there was a HUGE no-no. Can you find an address, a map location, or even a homepage??

    I’m pretty good at finding stuff online, and I come up empty. Sure, I can find several ReseachGate refs to people’s papers from there, but nothing else. Help please.

  • Drew458 says:

    Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention would be WCDCP not WHCDC. My bad.

    I did manage to find this: but I can’t read Chinese. Pretty sure this is the other lab though.

  • John A Wilson says:

    I’m very curious why the bug is so fatal in China but nowhere else. And I do think it was a release from the lab. I’m not a lawyer so my opinion is my proof. IMO.

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