Former CDC chief: I didn’t expect death threats from fellow scientists over lab-leak theory

Former CDC chief: I didn’t expect death threats from fellow scientists over lab-leak theory. By Ed Morrissey.

The strange but pervasive attempts by the scientific, media, and government establishments to quash any discussion of the lab-leak hypothesis for COVID-19’s origin … got so bad that former CDC director Robert Redfield got death threats for suggesting it publicly — from other scientists:

A months long Vanity Fair investigation … found that conflicts of interest, stemming in part from large government grants supporting controversial virology research, hampered the U.S. investigation into COVID-19’s origin at every step. …

For most of the past year, the lab-leak scenario was treated not simply as unlikely or even inaccurate but as morally out-of-bounds. In late March, former Centers for Disease Control director Robert Redfield received death threats from fellow scientists after telling CNN that he believed COVID-19 had originated in a lab. “I was threatened and ostracized because I proposed another hypothesis,” Redfield told Vanity Fair. “I expected it from politicians. I didn’t expect it from science.”

With President Trump out of office, it should be possible to reject his xenophobic agenda and still ask why, in all places in the world, did the outbreak begin in the city with a laboratory housing one of the world’s most extensive collection of bat viruses, doing some of the most aggressive research?

News flash: It was possible all along to reject Trump’s “xenophobic agenda” and still ask that question. Many did, only to get calumnized by media outlets as conspiracy theorists, racists, or both. …

The scientific community didn’t “follow the science.” They followed the money.

Like in climate science.

Philip Barton:

The media has an agenda which has nothing to do with serving society. They are best seen as the major part of a social control mechanism. Their function is the dissemination of psych-inspired, politically approved, propaganda.

Stephen Kruiser:

Facebook was a primary driver of the nonsense that Fauci was spouting. Maybe the primary driver. The platform has almost three billion users and wields a kind of power we’ve not witnessed in media before.