Racism was the real pandemic.
The “far right” was the real threat.
The lab leak theory was false because the people who believed it hate Democrats. Alex Jones was saying at the time that it escaped from a lab which means by definition that it was “debunked.”
“In early spring 2020, I reported an article for The New York Times on which I put the tentative headline: “New Coronavirus Is ‘Clearly Not a Lab Leak,’ Scientists Say.”
It never ran.
For two reasons.
The chief one was that inside the Times, we were sharply divided. My colleagues who cover national security were being assured by their Trump administration sources — albeit anonymously and with no hard evidence — that it was a lab leak and the Chinese were covering it up. We science reporters were hearing from virologists and zoologists — on the record and in great detail — that the odds were overwhelming that it was not a lab leak but an animal spillover. …
For about a year, that was the general wisdom among science writers. The “lab-leak theory” migrated back to the far right where it had started — championed by the folks who brought us Pizzagate, the Plandemic, Kung Flu, Q-Anon, Stop the Steal, and the January 6 Capitol invasion. It was tarred by the fact that everyone backing it seemed to hate not just Democrats and the Chinese Communist Party, but even the Chinese themselves. It spawned racist rumors like “Chinese labs sell their dead experimental animals in food markets.” …”
Sadly, this is how “science” is wielded this days.
If you believe the Big Lie that a man can magically transform into a woman by wishing it were so, you are following the “science.” It is “transphobia” to insist that reality doesn’t work that way.
If you insist on wearing a mask outside in high summer temperatures after you have been vaccinated, you are following the “science.”
“Science” means blind obedience and a pew hard level of certainty and conformity and shouting down people who ask questions. It is a cultural marker of your political tribe!