Tucker Carlson is ripping open US government officials who he claims helped China cover up the origins of COVID-19 after a Vanity Fair bombshell report detailed how the investigation into the origins of the coronavirus was hampered.
Carlson, speaking of his… Fox news program on Thursday, also the 2020 letter in the esteemed scientific publication The Lancet, which is believed to have first stifled investigations into the Wuhan lab leak theory.
At the beginning of the segment, Carlson noted that 15 months ago, Chinese scientists concluded “that the novel coronavirus likely “escaped from a government lab in Wuhan” “in the clearest possible terms.”
Since then, the “plausible” theory has been largely tacit, with some calling it a “racist” and a “conspiracy theory,” Carlson said, while criticizing it “the grinning idiots who have recently changed their mind about the theory.
“Of course, COVID has escaped from a Chinese virology lab. Duh. Did you really think it came from the wet market? Come on,” Carlson said.
On his show, Carlson commented on Vanity Fair’s bombshell report detailing how the investigation into the origins of the coronavirus was hampered
He also responded to the recent emails between Dr. Anthony Fauci, pictured, and other top officials top
Recently revealed evidence has given credence to the theory that COVID-19 leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, pictured
Carlson pointed to an “avalanche of evidence” from top national publications such as the Washington Post and Buzzfeed, each of which has a wealth of insightful emails between Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top officials have gathered.
Carlson also pointed to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, which he said “confirmed that the first COVID victims were researchers working with bat viruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
That article cited a US intelligence report describing how three researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology became ill in November 2019 “with symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and a common seasonal illness” and sought hospital care.
“The lab leak theory, it turns out, was never crazy. It was probably always true,’ Carlson said.
“Then why did they lie about it for so long? A shocking new piece in, of all places, the celebrity sucker magazine Vanity Fair answers that question in great detail. You should read it.’
He added: ‘In short, many researchers are addicted to taxpayers’ money. If the public understood how recklessly they have behaved – endangering the whole world with their weird little experiments in badly degraded labs in China – the money might dry up.”
Carlson then quoted a quote in the Vanity Fair article by Jamie Metzl, a former National Security Council official.
Metzl had written a blog post on the origins of SARS-CoV-2, writing, “If the pandemic started as part of a lab leak, it had the potential to do to virology what Three Mile Island and Chernobyl did to nuclear science.”
Carlson commented, “You can’t. I have to let the money flow. So they lied about it. And then they intimidated anyone who spoke the truth.’
He noted that Robert Redfield, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was criticized for supporting the lab leak theory.
Redfield, in a March interview with Dr. CNN’s Sanjay Gupta said his view was that the coronavirus had spread from the Wuhan Institute of Virology and had been spreading in China for months before it was discovered.
“I believe that I still think that the most likely etiology of this pathology in Wuhan came from a laboratory. Escaped. Other people don’t believe that. That’s fine. Science will eventually figure it out,” Redfield said.
Carlson commented, ‘That’s not a guy on Twitter. It’s the former director of the CDC, so you’d think the world would stop and ask follow-up questions like “why do you think that?” and ‘Where’s the proof?’ But that’s not what happened.’
Speaking to Vanity Fair, Redfield explained why he believed the virus had leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, telling the outlet that he received a call from his counterpart at China’s CDC on Jan. 3 last year.
In a subsequent phone call, Gao revealed to Redfield that the virus appeared to jump from person to person,” leading him to “immediately” suspect the Wuhan Institute of Virology, according to Vanity Fair.
“Redfield, a virologist by training, was suspicious of the WIV, in part because he was steeped in years of struggle over gain-of-function research,” Vanity Fair reported.
However, Redfield told Vanity Fair that he was “threatened and banned by politicians and other scientists alike” just for “proposing a different hypothesis.”
Redfield had dared to challenge the orthodoxy imposed by the global scientific establishment. It started on February 19, 2020, just as the virus hit this country and scared us all,” Carlson said.
Carlson and Vanity Fair noted that the suppression of the Wuhan lab leak theory appears to have started with the article in The Lancet.
Last February, during the outbreak of the pandemic, The Lancet published a letter from a group of 27 prominent public health scientists who balk at the suggestion that the virus came from the Wuhan lab.
“The rapid, open and transparent sharing of data on this outbreak is now threatened by rumors and misinformation about its origin. We stand together to vigorously condemn conspiracy theories that suggest COVID-19 has no natural origin,” the letter reads.
Carlson noted that The Lancet letter was organized by Peter Daszcak, a zoologist whose organization EcoHealth Alliance provided grant money from the United States to the Wuhan Institute of Virology — the same funds that allegedly paid for bat coronavirus research in the lab.
Daszcak thanked Fauci for pushing back the theory in an April 2020 email published as part of a large number of emails Buzzfeed obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Carlson described Daszcak as “a man with anything to gain by pretending COVID came from a wet market” and said he was involved in gain-of-function research at the institute.
“Emails indicate that Daszcak carefully selected other signatories to The Lancet’s letter so that this clearly disqualifying conflict of interest would remain secret,” Carlson said.
Carlson noted that at one point Daszcak wrote to another scientist named Ralph Baric and told him not to sign the Lancet letter.
“We’ll figure it out in a way that doesn’t feed back into our collaboration, so we’re maximizing an independent voice,” Daszcak wrote, according to emails obtained by Buzzfeed.
Carlson noted, “The whole thing was a hoax, and yet it worked. It was in The Lancet, everyone trusts The Lancet. Tony Fauci even cited Daszcak’s letter as proof that the virus was not caused by research he funded.”
The Fox News host then pointed to Fauci’s own comments in an interview with National Geographic, in which he said the virus “could not have been artificially or intentionally manipulated.”
“So really, this is a story about the self-licking ice cream cone that is the federal bureaucracy. No matter how bad they screw up, it’s never their fault. “Oh, we didn’t imagine weapons of mass destruction in Iraq” etc. Choose your mistake. But it’s your fault, racist,” Carlson said.
Vanity Fair noted that a group identifying itself as DRASTIC found that Shi Zhengli, the Wuhan Institute of Virology “Bat Woman,” had collected samples of a bat coronavirus similar to COVID-19 from a cave in China’s Yunnan province, where several miners had died in 2012.
Daszcak later published a paper in which Shi categorized hundreds of different coronavirus strains they had encountered “but somehow they omitted the deadly viruses found in the Yunnan mine,” Carlson said.
‘Were those viruses significant? The government of China seems to think so. Late last year, BBC journalists tried to visit the mine to get answers,” Carlson said.
He noted that when the BBC journalists arrived, they were followed by plainclothes police officers and found the road to the mine had been blocked “by a well-placed broken down truck.”
“So the Chinese government has covered this up,” Carlson said. “This is the worst and most shocking part if you’re an American: Some in the US government helped them cover it up. They knew this was all going on. But they also buried the truth. Because their interests were aligned with those of the Chinese government.’