This is a big one to get wrong, Chris.
You should have stuck with “we don’t know where the virus came from.”
“In February 2020, Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton asked a provocative question: Was there some relationship between COVID-19 emerging in the Chinese city of Wuhan and the fact that there’s a biochemical lab in the city that specializes in studying coronaviruses? Was it possible that this lab was studying an animal who carried the virus and failed to properly secure it?”
We don’t have evidence that this disease originated there,” Cotton said of the lab, “but because of China’s duplicity and dishonesty from the beginning, we need to at least ask the question to see what the evidence says, and China right now is not giving evidence on that question at all.” …
Increasingly, the space for nonpartisan journalism that aggressively seeks the truth is shrinking.
It should hardly be a surprise that Americans are rapidly losing faith in the media. As the story of the lab leak hypothesis shows, too many in our current news media environment are quick to politicize their coverage and seek the truth only when it’s convenient for their faction. Ultimately, this will only continue to degrade the credibility of the American press, which may benefit forces like the Chinese Communist Party in more ways than one. …”
It always sounded reasonable to me.
We didn’t rule out either hypothesis on this website. We only pushed back against the nonsense that COVID was a massive worldwide hoax and that the government was planning forced vaccinations. It was a real virus. It was a deadly virus that killed sick, old and fat people.