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Liberal journalist Matthew Yglesias thrashed the mainstream media’s widespread dismissal of the Wuhan lab leak coronavirus theory, writing Wednesday it was a “genuinely catastrophic media f—up” that unfairly maligned Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.
It marks yet another example of the media’s turn on the origins of the deadly virus that has upended the planet and killed millions over the past 18 months.
The media error in this case, Yglesias argued on his website SlowBoring, largely arose from Cotton’s early theorizing last year that the virus escaped the Wuhan Institute of Virology being conflated with the idea Cotton had accused China of purposefully releasing a bio-weapon. That, along with Cotton’s reputation as a China hawk, led news outlets to mischaracterize his arguments.