Senator Ted Cruz has been vindicated years after a Washington Post fact-checker tried to say the Texas senator was wrong to point to a China lab leak theory for the origin of COVID-19, which he labeled a conspiracy at the time. Until a recent report from the US Department of Energy showed that there was evidence that almost certainly proved where the epidemic started.
According to The Wall Street Journal, which published the report’s findings, the COVID-19 virus leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China. Not only the DOE believes this, but the FBI’s findings show that the lab leak theory is largely true.
The report said the decision was significant because “the agency has considerable scientific expertise and oversees a network of US national laboratories, some of which conduct advanced biological research.”
4 🤡s for Glenn. https://t.co/587JmvrIOE pic.twitter.com/K0pO6BPvxp
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 26, 2023
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The story between Cruz and WASHPO fact-checker Glenn Kessler goes back to 2020 during the pandemic. Cruz called on the paper to shut China down at the time, saying the lab leak theory had no basis.
“WaPo ‘abandoning all pretense of journalism to manufacture CCP propaganda’ is another way to put it,” Cruz tweeted about a video presentation debunking Kessler’s theory. “If this reporter submitted this video in a freshman logic class, it would not receive a passing grade. Let’s check the facts. “
“I’m afraid so,” Kessler responded [Cruz] The science animation in the video shows how it is virtually impossible for this virus to jump out of the lab. Or many interviews with real scientists. We deal in reality and viewers can judge for themselves.
I’m scared @tedcruz The scientific animation in the video shows how this virus jump from the lab is virtually impossible. Or many interviews with real scientists. We deal in facts and viewers can judge for themselves. https://t.co/TprMnaHSZL
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) May 1, 2020
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Well, almost three full years later, after the DOE report was published, Cruz went back to tweeting, “posting 4 🤡’s for Glenn, basically calling him a massive clown.
Steve Guest, special counsel for communications for Cruz, also jumped into the conversation, calling it “Kessler’s biggest miss.”
Documenting Glenn Kessler’s Biggest Miss:
Today, the Wall Street Journal reported, “Lab Leak Is the Source of the Covid-19 Pandemic.”
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) February 26, 2023
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Now we know
Since the report came out over the weekend other outlets have dismissed the lab leak theory as a conspiracy with no facts and have been mocked.
Fox News radio host Guy Benson spoke about it on “The Big Sunday Show” and criticized it as a lesson to those who would try to silence those who believed the lab leak theory was a valid concept to investigate.
“Over and over again, we defenders of the narrative, the establishment in this country, the media and others, the ‘experts,’ we hear that things are misinformation or conspiracy theories, and don’t get me wrong, those things exist … and can poison the discourse,” Benson said.
“But it poisons the discourse when you take things you don’t agree with and you label them misinformation or conspiracy theories and then they become true,” he continued. “People aren’t going to listen to you when you really cry wolf … We see that in other areas, like Hunter Biden’s laptop.”
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