Sen. Cotton Blasts Mainstream Media For Repeating Chinese Virus Propaganda

Did the coronavirus currently circling the globe and killing tens of thousands of people really originate from a wet market in Wuhan city? 

Or did it come from research being done in a Chinese bio-lab using intermediate horseshoe bats? 

It’s a question our media should be asking but haven’t. Instead, most have simply served as echo chambers for the Communist Chinese government’s propaganda, according to Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).

On Wednesday, Cotton asserted anew his belief that the virus came from a Chinese lab where research was being conducted using the bats. And he defended his position, adding that the Chinese government has been dishonest about the virus since the very beginning of the current pandemic, according to U.S. intelligence agencies.

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The mainstream media are largely apologists for Chinese communists and they will accept Chinese communist propaganda,” Cotton said. “They immediately try to accuse anyone who raises these reasonable questions as conspiracy theorists that are accusing China of creating a biological weapon.”

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The Arkansas Republican — a Harvard-educated lawyer and U.S. Army veteran — also denied that he ever suggested the virus was a Chinese bioweapon.

BizPac Review added:

Cotton, who was one of the first senators to raise the alarm about coronavirus, was widely criticized in February for suggesting that the novel virus could have been leaked from a biochemical lab situated just a few miles away from the Wuhan wet market which at the time was generally thought to be the outbreak of the virus.

The lab, run by the Wuhan Institute of Virology, has a history of studying coronaviruses isolated from bats. In 2017, a lead researcher at the institute, Zhengli Shi, announced that she and her colleagues had discovered 11 new strains of coronaviruses in horseshoe bats that when put together contain the genes necessary to make a SARS coronavirus similar that of the 2003 outbreak.

There is a second lab that sits about 300 yards from the Wuhan wet market known as the Wuhan Center for Disease Control & Prevention, where research involving intermediate horseshoe bats — the origin of the coronavirus — was also conducted, according to a pair of Chinese researchers who published a paper on the potential virus origins in early February. 

“The reason I have raised these questions from the very beginning is because of China’s statements and their actions,” Cotton told The Daily Caller. “After concealing the virus for many weeks in December and then minimizing its severity for most of January, they then peddle an origin story about the food market in Wuhan.

“Given their dishonesty and the proximity of these labs, which we know were working with coronaviruses, it is only reasonable and responsible for us to ask the question and demand the answers.”

The only other people who have been just as dishonest as the Chinese are those who have regurgitated Beijing’s virus propaganda without question: The American ‘mainstream media.’

“Anytime the question returns to the forefront of the news, several of my peers say that they think that it’s very suspicious and that we ought to get to the bottom of it,” Cotton said.

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