“Please Don’t Write About It”: New York Times Science Reporter Declares Lab Leak Theory “Racist”

Despite recent reports raising questions over whether Covid-19 originated in a the Wuhan virology lab and Dr. Fauci admitting that the leak theory was possible (and worth investigating), the science and health reporter for the New York Times declared yesterday that the theory was “racist.” Even Facebook has announced that it is willing to allow users to discuss the theory and underlying evidence. When the tweets triggered an outcry, Apoorva Mandavilli deleted the tweets and, when asked by a Fox reporter for a comment, added “please don’t write” about her controversy.

For over a year, mainstream media including the New York Times has declared that the lab theory was “debunked” which was always demonstrably untrue. The lab theory and the theory of natural origins are just that: theories. There is support and questions for each theory. However, during the Trump Administration, the lab theory became part of a narrative against Trump and his supporters as racists.

Last week, it was disclosed that three researchers from the Wuhan Institute of Virology required hospitalization in November 2019.  It is also known that the lab was working on such bat virus, including dangerous “gain of function” research.

Now various scientists and sources have acknowledged that the lab could be the origin of the virus and should be investigated with the natural origins theory.  The change is embarrassing to many reporters who assured readers that the lab theory was debunked racist conspiracy theory.

Apoorva Mandavilli is one of those who was supposed to be covering such stories and exploring all possible origins.  She is insisting that, regardless of what Fauci or others say, it is nothing more than a racist conspiracy theory.  She tweeted  “Someday we will stop talking about the lab leak theory and maybe even admit its racist roots. But alas, that day is not yet here.”  She added that “A theory can have racist roots and still gather reasonable supporters along the way. Doesn’t make the roots any less racist or the theory any more convincing, though.”

Many noted that a science writer should … well … follow the science. An objective reporter would recognize that either origin is possible but that there is thus far no conclusive evidence. The lack of evidence is due in large part to the Chinese government arresting scientists, barring access, and preventing full inquiries despite the death of millions around the world.

Mandavilli later revised her statement to say that the lab theory is “possible” but not “plausible.” She did not explain why it is not plausible or why (if it is possible) it is clearly also a racist theory.

Later she deleted the tweets and, when a reporter contacted her, explained “I deleted it because it unleashed some incredibly nasty tweets and DMs. So please don’t write about it.”

It was an ironic request because the New York Times had long decided not to write about the lab theory while claiming it was a racist conspiracy theory.

Mandavilli still seem to view this fact as “too good to check” despite growing countervailing statements. Asked if the virus’ origin presumptively was forged in nature, Fauci said: “No, actually. I am not convinced about that. I think we should continue to investigate what went on in China until we continue to find out to the best of our ability what happened.” Likewise, former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Robert Redfield has said publicly that he believes the virus escaped from the Chinese lab.

Retired New York Times science editor Nicholas Wade has chastised his former colleagues for ignoring the obvious evidence supporting a lab theory as well as Chinese efforts to arrest scientists and destroy evidence that could establish the origin.

Mandavilli is one of those colleagues but she appears undeterred by the science and unmotivated to question her own rejection of lab theory.

72 thoughts on ““Please Don’t Write About It”: New York Times Science Reporter Declares Lab Leak Theory “Racist””

  1. What kind of “racist” ? Someone who detests Communists? The Communist Party in China rules with an iron fist. And I am fine with being frightened of what Communists everywhere support.

  2. Just at a glance over the years it seems to me that a lot of criminals are just stupid & the criminals that are bureaucrats working in govt really don’t even give a damn if they are caught. ie: James Comey, McCabe, Hillary, Obama, Biden’s, Fauci, Bill Gates.

    Those people don’t care because they know the old media, prosecutors, courts are just as sold out/compromised as they are.

    I thought this video below is a cute cut from the week. Ck/listen, Fauci leaves everyone more pcs of the blood trail to go along with the other public records we’re collecting.

  3. Here’s a question. Is Facebook going to go back and let us see all the lab theory post that they censored so we could not see them? Please Facebook stop trying to save me.

  4. Who cares? The GQP has no room for the truth, facts or even reality. So now the GQP wants to know what happened? They have no interest that over 400,000 people died because of the incompetence of their Dear Leader who said it was 15 people and it would go away, or it was a hoax, or even better that it was a “democratic hoax”. So to use their words when they don’t want to know the facts, “Lets just move on”.

    1. Fish Brain:
      You are so utterly corrupt it’s comical. Due to Dim controlled corrupt reporting requirements we have no idea who died from the virus or merely with the virus. The survival rate was more than 99.9% and the vaccine was out within months which dumb Dims said was impossible. Does Trump get credit for that or just the blame.

      1. TDS is incredible. One of my good friends, a Democrat, watches Maddow. The friend is intelligent, but where TDS is involved, she loses it. She doesn’t think Trump has anything to do with our ability to produce the Covid vaccine. It’s like a tiny portion of the brain has been cut out, leaving the rest normal.

          1. Fish, Unfortunately, the part of your brain that records anything to do with Trump has been cut out. The rest obsesses over Donald Trump. You end up not being able to face reality where Trump is concerned. That is why you draw conclusions based on an empty space in your brain.

            Such deficiencies are hard to live with.

    2. What a totally brain dead response provided by Fish. Fish has yet evolve to a land creature. To wipe out this comment take a listen to creepy Joe.
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      https://trendingpolitics.com/watch-joe-biden-stops-dead-in-middle-of-speech-and-delivers-creepiest-comment-to-little-girl-knab/

      WATCH: Joe Biden Stops Dead in Middle of Speech and Delivers Creepiest Comment to Little Girl

      “I just love the barrettes in her hair now,” he said. “I tell you what, by the look of her, she looks like she’s 19 years old, sitting there like a little lady with her legs crossed.”

      Those who saw Biden’s remark on social media expressed their revulsion.

      https://trendingpolitics.com/watch-joe-biden-stops-dead-in-middle-of-speech-and-delivers-creepiest-comment-to-little-girl-knab/

      starts at 25 seconds: twitter.com/TPostMillennial/status/1398347198149152774?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1398347198149152774%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftrendingpolitics.com%2Fwatch-joe-biden-stops-dead-in-middle-of-speech-and-delivers-creepiest-comment-to-little-girl-knab%2F

    3. Translation: the GOP lies worse therefor I command thee to ignore all the lesser DNC lies.

    4. Fish says: “Who cares? The GQP has no room for the truth, facts or even reality.”

      Wow. The MK Ultra-ing of your brain is something to see.

      Sad to witness the disintegration of your brain into complete mush.

    5. Fish,a CNN report tells us that Trump said that the virus will some day go away. In this report he said that the virus would get worse before it got better. When he said it would get worse he must have been downplaying it. In a speech he said it could rise to pandemic level. What is evident is that if the headline says Trump you never want to read the full story. To put it plainly your argument smells like ten days old fish. However, It seems to be that Fish has a malady that will never go away and their will never be a vaccine that will cure it. Fish’s’ malady is known as Trump Derangement Syndrome. Check out what CNN reported. https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/27/politics/trump-coronavirus-disappear/index.html

  5. The goal of the NYT and the establishment media was never to report the truth. Rather, their goal was to feed its readers with lies big enough to anger its reader to get to the polls so as to get Trump out of office. The NYT has been doing fake reporting against GOP president for a long time. What a shame

    1. I Am Robb, Trump was considered a reckless fool long before he got the White House. Everyone knew he lost big in Atlantic City.

  6. Wapo/NYC are known to Lie their butts off, why would anyone waste their time with those Fishwraps?

    “But then Donald Trump started his, “Let’s call it the Wuhan Virus” campaign. And sure enough, racial attacks against Asians became a regular news story not long after. At that point mainstream media had some obligation to put the lab leak story on hold. ”

    Did you happen to notice all those “White Supremacist” attacking the Asians in the US are Black!

    Moron! lol.

    1. Oky1, Trump influences ‘all’ stupid people and you’re a good example.

      And by the way, I never used the term ‘White Supremacist’. I know stupid people come in all colors.

  7. Trump Not Cleared On ‘Wuhan Virus’

    As a long time reader of The New York Times and Washington Post, I know they carried coverage that entertained the laboratory leak theory. And I remember thinking that theory was compelling based on said coverage.

    But then Donald Trump started his, “Let’s call it the Wuhan Virus” campaign. And sure enough, racial attacks against Asians became a regular news story not long after. At that point mainstream media had some obligation to put the lab leak story on hold.

    These developments illustrate how Trump poisoned every issue he touched. It was impossible to have scientific discussions with Trump still in office.

  8. There’s also some earlier interviews , Jan/Feb… 2020 I also need to review, but the main point is that people like Obama, Fauci, others signed off of transferring some of that covid research to China from Chapel Hill NC & we also know, like from this week’s Senate hearings, those US funds are being tracked by file numbers…

    Western Intel Agencies Confirm COVID-19 Chinese Bioweapon, VINDICATING Dr. Boyle

    50,520 views

    May 3, 2020

    https://banned.video/watch?id=5eaf635bbeec0100b8140004

      1. Bill,

        I’ve seen that site before & don’t know any reason to distrust it. Dunn has some respect & seems to have done a nice job writing up the article.

        I heard that type story line early last year, but I’m not see where hard evidence of fact. That’s what would be most helpful.

        Francis Boyle, the guy that wrote & passed the US’s current Anti Bio-Weapon Law went public on Wuhan Flu early 2020, Jan/Feb/Mar., was saying the Lab reports/transfers like on Cv19 & the people involved are signed off for it just like any Org would do with important docs/funds/equipment.

        The crews running illegitament Biden puppet now seem to doing the ole govt cover up, clean up their mess crap.

        I think it like the Whistle Blowers out of Facebook yesterday, that it seems people are seeing the importance of the public’s need to know & will release info they can.

        As Boyle said I believe those Bio-Level 3 & 4 labs serve no useful propose & should all be shut down for good.

        1. Okyl, Biden not my Prez

          You don’t really EXPECT to see any hard evidence, do you? Circumstantial evidence should be persuasive enough for an informed person with decent reasoning skills.

          1. Bill,

            The cases against Dr Fauci, Bill Gates, Obama, & as Boyle says everyone who signed the UNC, Wuhan BLS4 contract could be charged.

            Others & I believe there’s more of then enough right kind evidence…., direct evidence, documentary evidence , forensic evidence, physical evidence, Prima Facie evidence, testimonial evidence to bring convictions against those people in a functioning court system.

            Trouble is as many people know, our court/legal system has Collapsed!

            Ie: James Comey, McCabe, Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, Hillary, etc….

            So even though Millions were injured & others staved or were murdered by some of those above for now they’ll likely walk. (Gov Como’s Nursing Home Victims)

            Even so all the evidence that can be found should be made public be it can be covered up.

            **********

            Fauci In 2012: Gain-Of-Function Research ‘Worth Risk Of Lab Accident Sparking Pandemic’

            https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/fauci-2012-gain-function-research-worth-risk-lab-accident-sparking-pandemic

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          2. Why would anyone expect to see “evidence” of the Covid lab leak? Or, that the Wuhan lab was working on this killer disease? The CCP has already made sure that all the evidence has been destroyed and those who know the truth are gone…

            When you are working with a criminal, you cannot expect the truth. So, we must assume China is guilty as charged, unless they prove otherwise…Our Constitutution is not in play with this murderous regime.

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              Oky1, Biden not my Prez says:
              May 29, 2021 at 3:43 PM

              Just at a glance over the years it seems to me that a lot of criminals are just stupid & the criminals that are bureaucrats working in govt really don’t even give a damn if they are caught. ie: James Comey, McCabe, Hillary, Obama, Biden’s, Fauci, Bill Gates.

              Those people don’t care because they know the old media, prosecutors, courts are just as sold out/compromised as they are.

              I thought this video below is a cute cut from the week. Ck/listen, Fauci leaves everyone more pcs of the blood trail to go along with the other public records we’re collecting.

  9. Conspiracy theory.

    It might be worth taking some time to define what that is. One core underpinning of a conspiracy theory is that it is factually implausible and/or almost completely improbable.

    Let’s lay out the very broad circumstantial facts behind the Wuhan lab theory:

    A biolab is located in Wuhan that is focused on coronavirus related research, specifically bat coronaviruses. Moreover, it is focused on gain of function research. In other words, on a macro level the areas that the Wuhan biolab is researching have direct parallels to the key aspects of SARS-CoV-2 as we know it.

    As a matter of logic and without needing an in-depth understanding of the science, the Wuhan lab leak theory was always plausible and, in fact, a strong possibility that was deserving of a credible investigation. Coincidence maybe, conspiracy theory no.

    Yet the media rushed to assure the public that this was a debunked conspiracy theory because, among other reasons: 1) “actual” scientists determined that SARS-CoV-2 had zoonotic origins and was not laboratory derived, 2) it would be almost impossible for the virus to escape from the Wuhan lab and 3) the director of the Wuhan lab corroborated all of this.

    As strange as it may seem, the media conveniently forgot to mention that there were numerous leading scientists that were supportive of the lab leak theory as a possibility (naturally, they were not “actual” scientists and therefore not deserving of mention–neat how that works, please see the Great Barrington declaration for the unfortunate sequel on this tact), that viruses escaping lab environs no matter how secure are hardly infrequent and of course, that the obviously impartial director of the Wuhan lab would have no possible incentive that might influence his statements. Lest we forget, this is, after all, the journalism of “moral clarity”.

    In the end with all the recent revelations, we know that the Wuhan lab leak conspiracy theory is, in fact, a conspiracy theory in and of itself.

    However, for those that reside exclusively in the MSM echo chamber, fact devoid, alternate universe you can take comfort in the following:

    1) An alleged “science journalist” has determined that the Wuhan lab leak is simply implausible and moreover (no, wait for it)…..racist. There are no supportive facts given and apparently none are needed. Nothing to see here, we should all move on, it’s better that way. So, yeah.

    2) The ever intrepid Biden administration, after cancelling an ongoing investigation into the SARS-CoV-2 origins (by the administration that shall not be named) and being publicly outed, has now requested the IC conduct a 90 day review which Biden will make public unless it contains “something he’s unaware of” (which circles back to the fact that he cancelled the investigation in the first place).

    In other noteworthy news, the WaPo reports that the CCP reiterates its assertion that SARS-CoV-2 did not originate in Wuhan at all–rather it originated from a US military base, Ford Detrick in Frederick, Md. No supportive facts are given and apparently none are needed.

    You may now return to your regularly scheduled programming.

  10. The woman is Asian and she has an Asian complex, even though she’s not Chinese. She shouldn’t be in that job, but she’s working for the number one propaganda outlet in the world. She’s a propagandist, not a “journalist.”

    1. The more precise term is “presstitute.” For years, I had thought that I invented the term, and used it in a letter published in a major newspaper on October 5, 1995. However, since then, the internet has improved dramatically as a research tool, and I subsequently learned that Walter Winchell, the legendary journalist, was the first person to use the term “presstitute.” Winchell used it in one of his reviews published in The Birmingham News in Birmingham, Alabama on Nov 2, 1941. To date, the staff of the New York Times are probably the best presstitutes in the entire presstitution industry.

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