Accuracy in Media

The mainstream media has consistently cited Chinese government data on coronavirus cases, without expressing skepticism about the country’s reported cases. Their uniform response pressed on despite rumblings from British intelligence that agreed China’s coronavirus data was incomplete and that the virus could have been leaked from a China-based laboratory.

British intelligence agreed with U.S. reports that the Chinese government covered up accurate data about the country’s coronavirus cases. But the British also could not rule out the theory that the coronavirus was accidentally leaked from a China-based laboratory in Wuhan, which was the epicenter of the virus. “Perhaps it is no coincidence that there is that laboratory in Wuhan. It is not discounted,” a British government source told the Mail.

For weeks, U.S. intelligence and GOP lawmakers have asserted that the coronavirus may have leaked from a Wuhan, China laboratory. The Washington Post tried to debunk this theory two months ago, mocking Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) in the process, which is now an example of knee-jerk and reactionary journalism without basis or fact.

Yet despite the news of British intelligence agreeing with the U.S. on a potential laboratory leak, the mainstream media chose not to report on it. Only British newspapers, like the Mail, Business Insider UK and the Sun, reported on British intelligence’s belief about the origins of the coronavirus.

Nor has the media, specifically the Washington Post, apologized to Sen. Tom Cotton when he first floated the theory publicly. Cotton also criticized the Chinese government for covering up accurate data on virus cases, which comments were twisted by the Washington Post to portray Cotton as a conspiracy theorist.

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