In case anyone still thinks there is a smidgen of credibility left at CBS News’ long-running propaganda show “60 Minutes,” one needs only look at how they handled Covid-19 versus how they’re trying to handle it now. They are desperate to rewrite their own history by pretending like it’s no big deal they got the scamdemic, EcoHealth Alliance, and Peter Daszak all wrong.
According to Fox News:
In recent days, the theory that COVID originated from a lab leak in Wuhan had been embraced by FBI Director Christopher Wray and a bombshell report indicated that the U.S. Energy Department believes the virus likely started in the lab.
However, back in May 2020, CBS News’ Scott Pelley cast significant doubt on the Trump administration’s assertions of the theory, telling viewers “both the White House and the Chinese Communist Party have been less than honest.”
Instead, Pelley hyped the credibility of Peter Daszak, president of the group EcoHealth Alliance and one of the world’s most vocal foes of the lab-leak theory. EcoHealth Alliance received government funding from the National Institutes of Health and has had a long working partnership with the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), which is now widely believed to be ground zero for the COVID pandemic.
The “60 Minutes” correspondent praised the work of EcoHealth-WIV at the time as being “critical right now.”
“And so that [Remdesivir] testing would not have been possible if it hadn’t been for the work that you did with the NIH grant,” Pelley said.
“Correct,” Daszak responded.
Pelley lamented how the Trump administration abruptly ended EcoHealth’s funding because of a “political disinformation campaign targeting China’s Wuhan Institute.”
“As the U.S. led the world in illness and death, the White House moved the focus to the Chinese government,” Pelley told viewers as he swiped the Trump administration. “Last Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attempted to resurrect a debunked theory that the virus was man-made in China… The administration has offered no evidence of an accident or genetic engineering.”
The “60 Minutes” correspondent pushed the notion that the virus stemmed from a wet market and turned to another expert who suggested that the virus came naturally from a pangolin.
“There is zero evidence that his virus came out of a lab in China,” Daszak insisted.
“Does the Wuhan Institute of Virology, to your knowledge, have this virus in its inventory?” Pelley asked.
“No,” Daszak answered.
“Why do you say so?” Pelley followed.
“The closest known relative is one that’s different enough that it is not SARS-CoV 2, so there’s just no evidence that anybody had it in the lab anywhere in the world prior to the outbreak,” Daszak answered.
CBS News has said its report was based on the facts known at that time.
Here’s the thing. “Facts known at the time” are actually just lies, and not very good ones. It didn’t take a massive news organization like CBS or a high-budget group of investigators like the “60 Minutes” crew to realize the original “bat soup” story made absolutely no sense. The fact that Wuhan Institute of Virology was within a stone’s throw from the wet market where the disease allegedly launched raised alarm bells with pretty much everyone outside of corporate media.
In other words, any members of the press who “debunked” the lab leak theory were either bald-faced liars, absolute morons, or both. In the case of Scott Pelley and the “60 Minutes” crew, it was likely both.