Tucker Carlson warns of Beijing coverup in bat origins of coronavirus

While most of the “mainstream” media continue to parrot the official lies of the Chinese government regarding the origins of the coronavirus, there are a few investigative journalists who are looking for the truth.

One of them is Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

Carlson opened his Wednesday show discussing the findings in early February of a pair of Chinese scientists from the South China University of Technology who challenged Beijing’s official narrative about the origins of the virus.

While the exact origin remains unknown, we’ve been told that the current coronavirus strain infecting and killing people around the world mutated from bats and then infected people at a “wet market” in Wuhan city where wild animals are butchered and consumed.

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The Fox News host clarified that he isn’t endorsing the findings of the Chinese scientists — and neither are we. He added that when the report was published Feb. 6, China was officially reporting 564 deaths.

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Still, “you should keep in mind as you hear this that these findings come from Chinese scientists who work for a university that is controlled by the Chinese government,” he said, and as such they are “probably not Chinese racist propaganda.”

“The virus most likely came from an animal known as the intermediate horseshoe bat,” Carlson continued. He cited he scientists’ report, saying “there are no known colonies” of the bat “within 900 kilometers (about 560 miles) of Wuhan.”

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Carlson also said there’s no evidence those types of bats were sold at the Wuhan wet market in question, “despite many claims made by the American media.” He then noted the Chinese scientists said they interviewed people at the market to confirm that particular bat variety was not being sold there.

However, the scientists noted that research was being conducted at a facility nearby labs where work was being done utilizing intermediate horseshoe bats.

The two scientists concluded that the coronavirus outbreak “likely came” from one of two government labs in Wuhan, not the wet market.

“They noticed that a scientist at the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention had been exposed to the blood and urine of horseshoe bats. They also suggested that infected tissue samples from research animals may have wound up in the Wuhan wet market,” Carlson said, reading a portion of the report.

It further stated:

The killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan. Safety levels may need to be reinforced in high-risk bio-hazardous laboratories and regulations may be taken to relocate these laboratories far away from city centers and other densely populated places.

That said, noted Carlson, few in the American ‘mainstream media’ have bothered to report on the scientists’ findings.

“Now this paper’s been online for nearly two months and so far it has been virtually ignored in this country. Almost nobody in American journalism has dared to write about it. The few who have were immediately attacked as dangerous conspiracy theorists,” the Fox News host said.

Go figure. 

“Instead of assessing what seemed like the rational conclusions presented in the Chinese paper, there was a spate of American news stories and academic research designed to show that the coronavirus absolutely could not have been engineered in a Chinese lab,” noted Carlson.

“They sounded supremely confident of that, but do they really know it? And the answer is no they don’t,” Carlson said. “As a factual matter, it is impossible for Western scientists to settle the question either way. So instead of doing that or admitting that, they amped up the rhetoric hoping you wouldn’t notice the difference.”

If we had a truly inquisitive media that behaved more like Tucker Carlson and not one that echoed Chinese propaganda or played “gotcha” with President Trump during his daily coronavirus press conferences, more Americans would know about this potential link to an outbreak that has seriously disrupted our lives. 

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