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September 16, 2021

Jon Stewart ‘surprised’ by liberal pushback over COVID-19 lab-leak theory

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, comedian Jon Stewart said he was surprised at the significant pushback to his espousement of the COVID-19 lab-leak theory.

Stewart raised eyebrows during a June appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” He pontificated on the coincidence that the coronavirus emerged in a city with a lab dedicated to coronavirus research, saying, “The disease is the same name as the lab!”

Stewart’s appearance went viral and inspired sharp criticism from Democrats. Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather called it “dangerous and shortsignted.”

During his recent interview, the former “Daily Show” host said he didn’t know how the theory became “politicized.”

“Listen, how it got to be that if it was a scientific accident, it’s conservative, and if it came from a wet market, it’s liberal, I don’t know — I’m just not sure how that got politicized. But it was an inelegant way to get to a bit that I’ve done for years, which is our good-intentioned brilliance will more than likely be our demise. The bit is about the last words that man ever utters, which are, ‘Hey, it worked.’ I guess I was a little surprised at the pushback.”


Jon Stewart ‘surprised’ at meltdown over his belief in coronavirus lab-leak theory

September 8, 2021

Newly released documents show Fauci ‘untruthful’ about Wuhan lab research, critics say

A 900-page trove of newly released documents provides insight into the US-funded research on coronaviruses at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology. The documents appear to contradict Dr. Anthony Fauci’s claims that the National Institutes of Health did not fund gain-of-function research at the lab.

Among the 900 pages was a proposal for a project “Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence,” which involved screening thousands of samples from bats and people who worked with animals for novel coronaviruses.

The proposal acknowledged the risks posed by the research.

“Fieldwork involves the highest risk of exposure to SARS or other CoVs, while working in caves with high bat density overhead and the potential for fecal dust to be inhaled.”

The project was awarded a $3.1 million grant between 2014 and 2019, $599,000 of which went to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

“The documents make it clear that assertions by the NIH Director, Francis Collins, and the NIAID Director, Anthony Fauci, that the NIH did not support gain-of-function research or potential pandemic pathogen enhancement at WIV are untruthful,” Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University, said via Twitter.


Wuhan lab documents show Fauci ‘untruthful’ about gain-of-function research: critics

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