ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl admitted that many reporters were wrong to dismiss former President Trump’s claim that the coronavirus came from a laboratory.
Karl was asked on ABC’s “This Week,” by guest host Martha Raddatz about why it’s important that the lab leak theory was initially rejected or skeptical.
“Yes, I think a lot of people have an egg on their face. This is an idea that was first put forward by Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State Donald Trump, and it looks like some things may be true even if Donald Trump said them “. Karl said. “Because Trump was saying so much else, it was just out of hand, and because he was making, you know, a downright racist call about the kung flu and the Chinese virus, he said categorically that it was coming. from that lab, and it’s been widely dismissed … but now serious people are saying it needs serious investigation. “
Journalists blame Trump for not initially finding credibility
Karl’s comments echoed what other reporters have said. While many reporters have admitted to making a mistake in dismissing the lab leak theory as conspiracy, some blame Trump for why they didn’t believe the story at first. They claim that Trump and his administration have not been truthful on other matters, so they have dismissed his claims of a lab leak.
New York Times writer David Leonhardt said it was a “mistake” on the part of liberals and journalists to dismiss the claims simply because they came from Trump and Republicans like Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark.
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The Wall Street Journal published a story last week, which revealed that several researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were suffering from COVID-like symptoms as early as November 2019. This report was a catalyst for the laboratory leak theory to gain credibility with journalists General public.
Prominent health officials like Dr Anthony Fauci, who previously mentionned COVID-19 was “more likely” to be a natural occurrence, now says he is “not convinced” that the virus developed naturally.
President Biden has asked the intelligence community to investigate the origins of the virus and prepare a report within 90 days.