A former Washington Post writer looks at the current Post’s reporting
The following is Bruce Brown‘s commentary response from the Coronavirus Vaccine & Herd Immunity Digest to an article by John Hudson and Nate Jones, “State Department releases cable that launched claims that coronavirus escaped from Chinese lab,” that appeared in the July 17, 2020 Washington Post.
Brown writes: Does the Washington Post think Nobel Laureate Luc Antoine Montagnier is not a member of the “scientific community”?! And is the Post unaware that the WIV has acknowledged performing “gain-of-function” genetic engineering on the coronavirus specimens it had collected?!
THERE ARE a couple significant omissions in this story (“State Department releases cable that launched claims that coronavirus escaped from Chinese lab,” that appeared in the July 17, 2020 Washington Post) which seriously slant it.
The Post article sounds authoritative when it broadly dismisses Trumpster theories that the coronavirus might have originally escaped from a Wuhan bio-warfare lab, by stating:
skepticism of the accident theory has increased in the scientific community because the genetic sequences of isolates from the bat coronaviruses known to be under research at the lab do not match those of covid-19.
But just how closely has the Post been following the “scientific community”? Is it possible that the Washington Post is unfamilar with the recent comments of distinguished French virologist Luc Antoine Montagnier? Montagnier, who was awarded a Nobel prize in Physiology in 2008 for his work identifying HIV, has said his research indicates that COVID-19 has been genetically engineered, and is manmade.
This comment from a highly respected scientist in the field not only lends credence to President Trump’s claim, it explains WHY the COVID-19 form of the virus doesn’t perfectly match Wuhan Lab sample RaTG13 — namely that COVID-19 has been genetically engineered from a naturally occurring coronavirus.
Furthermore, as the Times of London has recently reported, the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) has acknowledged that it was performing “gain-of-function” genetic alterations on viruses to increase their virility, and make them more infectious to human beings. So we know that the Chinese were in fact performing genetic engineering on coronavirus specimens in their possession!
According to the Times of London:
This “gain-of-function” work is described in papers released by the WIV between 2015 and 2017, scientists say. Shi’s team combined snippets of different coronaviruses to see if they could be made more transmissible in what they called “virus infectivity experiments”.
Does the Washington Post think Nobel Laureate Luc Antoine Montagnier is not a member of the “scientific community”?! And is the Post unaware that the WIV has acknowledged performing “gain-of-function” genetic engineering on the coronavirus specimens it had collected?!
Or maybe the Post is just willfully ignorant of these facts because they don’t fit its political agenda?