Global Taskforce to investigate Origins of Corona Virus 19 (foto science.thenewswave.xyz)
According the New York Times Corona Virus originates from Wuhan, China (foto Consevapedia)
WHO convened Global Study of Origins of Sars Cov 2 with China | WHO China Joint Study Press Conference (foto Ecns.com)
New York Times Lies to Say World Health Organization Investigators Dissatisfied with Chinese Cooperation
On February 12th, the New York Times headlined “On WHO Trip, China Refused to Hand Over Important Data” and reported that
Chinese scientists refused to share raw data that might bring the world closer to understanding the origins of the Corona Virus pandemic, independent investigators for the WHO. said on Friday. (…) Chinese officials told the team that they did not have enough time to compile detailed patient data and only provided summaries. The WHO scientists said they were continuing to press their counterparts in China for the raw data and other information. (…) The news that Chinese officials did not share raw data with the WHO experts was reported earlier by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and The Wall Street Journal. (…) It is unclear how fully the Chinese Government which remains in firm control of research into the origins of the Virus – will cooperate.
Facts that contradict those assertions were simply ignored by the NYT.
Four members of the WHO team were quoted, Two were Thea Kølsen Fischer and Peter Daszak.
On February 13th, the Moon of Alabama blogger reposted tweets that day from both.
Hear! Hear! It’s disappointing to spend time with journalists explaining key findings of our exhausting month long work in China, to see our colleagues selectively misquoted to fit a narrative that was prescribed before the work began. Shame on you @nytimes!
Furthermore, the Times’s dishonesty about what the WHO team said wasn’t the Times’s only problem, because there have been at least two scientifically credible findings that have been reported alleging that this Corona Virus had actually occurred in Europe before December 2019. As will be noted below, the Wall Street Journal’s article noted that “WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the UN agency hadn’t ruled out any hypothesis. ‘I want to clarify that all hypotheses remain open and require further study,’ he said in a meeting with diplomats on Thursday.” But the NYT seems to have been determined to provide its readers a contrary impression.
The Times’s article stated that
“I think it started in China,” Dr. Dwyer said after the trip. “There is some evidence of circulation outside China, but it’s actually pretty light.”
Here are two such instances “outside China,” and they were not “pretty light”.
On 26 June 2020, Reuters headlined “Corona Virus traces found in March 2019 sewage sample, Spanish study shows” and reported that a Barcelona sample, which had been stored on 12 March 2019, contained the Virus. It had been in someone’s body there, at that time, in Barcelona. Moreover, that University of Barcelona team had “first found the virus was present in Barcelona on January 15, 2020,” which was four days after to the first known death from the Virus, which had occurred on January 11th in Wuhan. The 12 March 2019 sample indicated that the Virus had actually been spreading in Barcelona even before January 15th of 2020. And, on the same date as that Reuters article, the NYT itself headlined “Study Suggests Corona Virus Emerged Much Earlier Than Thought. Some Are Skeptical.” and they reported that “‘I don’t trust the results,’ said Irene Xagoraraki, an environmental engineer at Michigan State University.” However, “the lead author [of the Barcelona study, was], Albert Bosch, a professor in the Department of Microbiology of the University of Barcelona who has been studying Viruses in wastewater for more than 40 years.” And, furthermore, “Dr Bosch said that his team would not be able to repeat the experiments in the positive sample from March 2019 because it was depleted during the first test. ‘We proved it from this sample but we cannot repeat it,’ he said. But contamination was unlikely, he said. ‘The way we work, when there is contamination, we notice it.’” Moreover, he was no mere “environmental engineer,” who was commenting about Virology, but instead he was “President of the Spanish Society for Virology”. This field was Bosch’s specialty, and he was prominent in it. A common way for propagandistic ’journalists’ – such as those the NYT hires – to raise a reader’s doubts about an authentic scientific finding that disproves the ‘journalist’s propagandistic agenda – in the NYT’s case, an agenda that China is to blame for anything that Russia isn’t being blamed for – is to find someone who doesn’t specialize in the given scientific field, but who is nonetheless willing to express a contrary opinion to that which was found in the specialized study that the ‘journalist’ is being employed or assigned to discredit.
Also casting doubt that this Virus originated in China, is – though less clear – this report, from a “contributor” to Wired, in Italy, on 16 November 2020
959 blood samples from healthy volunteers, collected between September 2019 and February 2020 as part of a research on lung cancer screening, were analyzed for the presence of antibodies against SarsCov 2: 111 were positive. A truly surprising figure because in projection it would mean that more than 10% of the Italian population would have had antibodies against Sars Cov 2 already at the end of summer 2019, when the Corona Virus that would have emerged in China was not suspected at all, and therefore the pathogen was already circulating in our country.
The National Cancer Institute of Milan “is the Italian coordinator of numerous national and international clinical trials also with early phase studies.”
If “more than 10% of the Italian population (…) had antibodies against Sars Cov 2 already at the end of summer 2019,” then it was already an epidemic in Italy – and this was months before the Virus was even so much as being first noticed in China.
Were Spain or Italy where the virus had actually originated?
As of 1 April 2020, the countries that had the highest “Total cases | 1 Million population” (Corona Virus 19 intensity) were all micro states, under 700,000 population and highly dependent upon tourists. Vatican 7,491; San Marino 6,955; and Andorra 4,866. All of those are micro nations within Italy. The number for Italy itself was 1,750. The number for Spain was 2,052. Luxembourg – a micro nation between Belgium, France, and Germany – was 3,479. By the time of 1 May 2020, these numbers had become: Vatican 13,733; San Marino 16,769; and Andorra 9,642. Italy was 3,398. Spain was 5,125. Luxembourg was 6,045. The number for China was only 58. If the virus had been spreading first undetected in China late in 2019, then why was it spreading like wildfire now only in European micro nations – especially Italian ones – early in 2020? Could it have been spreading first in Europe, but only detected first in China? Not if the owners of the New York Times and other US and allied propagandists are ‘reporting’ about the matter.
The Times’s allegation that “the Chinese Government (…) remains in firm control of research into the origins of the Virus” is a bald faced lie, to be accepted (or assumed) only by ignorant and misinformed (perhaps willingly misinformed) people. If the Virus originated outside of China, then (obviously) “the Chinese Government (…) [cannot even possibly be] in firm [or any] control of research into the origins of the Virus.” ‘News’-reporting like the NYT does there is deceptive trash that’s clearly designed to mislead.
Though many ‘news’ media simply assume that the Virus somehow became created in China, whether or not that assumption is correct is scientifically an open question, at present. To imply otherwise is deceptive, in a way that suggests an ulterior motive (for aggression, sanctions, Military invasion, etcetera – against China). ‘News’ media such as the New York Times serve as propaganda operations to provide the US Government with excuses for neoconservative actions, examples of which have been America’s actions against and destroying Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, and other countries that have been targeted for US take over or control. ‘News’ media like this might as well be controlled by the same investors who control corporations such as Lockheed Martin or ExxonMobil – the main beneficiaries of US aggressions.
The Wall Street Journal’s article about the WHO team’s findings was far more careful and circumspect in its reporting, though just as propagandistic (against China) as the NYT was in the Wall Street Journal’s headline, which was “China Refuses to Give WHO Raw Data on Early Corona Virus 19 Cases”. Like the New York Times, their article was slanted against China’s existing Government, but it didn’t distort quite so blatantly. They reported
“They said they were destroyed and so on. You know, I guess one accepts that on face value,” Dr Dwyer said.
WHO faces a hostile US Government, which is seeking reasons to turn the screws against China even harder than Trump had done. Whereas the New York Times is 100% behind the US Government – just as it was regarding the invasions against Iraq 2003, Syria, the 2014 coup against Ukraine, etcetera – the Wall Street Journal isn’t quite that untrustworthy and sanctions and war mongering. But, still, it’s propaganda, not entirely trustworthy, as mainstream news reporting needs to be in any authentic democracy. It needs to be authentically independent of the Government, no mere propaganda agency for it. If it has any slant, that needs to be against the Government – not for it. If the public aren’t skeptical of their Government, then it’s no democracy, and accountability for bad rulers is non existent.
Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic versus Republican Economic Records, 1910 – 2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.