The capacity of biased, gatekeeping “reporters” to expose their own ignorance, conceit, and utter contempt for readers and for truth seems to know no bounds. Take New York Times “reporter” Apoorva Mandavilli, who tells folks on her Twitter bio that she writes on “mainly #COVID19.”
On May 26, the “reporter,” Ms. Mandavilli, appeared to be so upset by people talking about investigations into the possibility that US taxpayer funds went to the Wuhan Institute of Virology -- where gain-of-function research might have led to the release of SARS Cov-2 -- that she lashed out, Tweeting:
Someday we will stop talking about the lab leak theory and maybe even admit its racist roots. But alas, that day is not yet here.
Which not only assumed a falsehood in her implication that “we” long have been talking about the lab leak theory (until April, the popular media assiduously avoided giving any credence to the clearly reasonable suspicion that SARS CoV-2 might have come from a Wuhan lab that got US taxpayer funds via NIH proxy EcoHealth Alliance, and only TODAY has Facebook lifted its ban on people posting info about it), she also overtly stated that the theory has “racist roots.”
And that sentiment is curious, because, beyond its obvious attempt to silence discussion by labeling as “racist” those who are curious about the lab-leak theory, in her statement, Ms. Mandavilli also made a towering mistake, assuming “nationality” to be the same as “race.”
As I noted to her in response:
Claiming it's racist 2 engage in the normative attempt 2 pinpoint the source of a problem seems quite a stretch. Also, though not as important: China is a nation-state, not a race. Its majority population is Asian, which is the racial component about which YOU seem so focused. https://t.co/teOwj0W5zO— Gardner Goldsmith (@gardgoldsmith) May 26, 2021
Indeed, as many honest investigators I know have noted, investigating the source of a pathogen as possibly being from a nation-state that has a majority Asian population has nothing to do with race. It is the NYT reporter, Mandavilli, who brings up race, and does so with the added intellectual insult of claiming nationality is the same as racial distinction.
Evidently, she was unprepared for the tsunami of replies meant to set her straight, and so -- shock! -- she deleted the Tweet, offering this as explanation:
I deleted my earlier tweets about the origins of the pandemic because they were badly phrased. The origin of the pandemic is an important line of reporting that my colleagues are covering aggressively.— Apoorva Mandavilli (@apoorva_nyc) May 26, 2021
From which I, and many others, got more than a chuckle, and to which I replied:
To follow your lead: next time I get something completely wrong, I'll gloss over it, imply that the gist was actually right, and say it was ‘badly phrased.’ ‘2+2=5’ isn't ‘wrong,’ it's "badly phrased.’
And, of course, Mandavilli’s attempt to memory-hole her “bad phrasing” has been circumvented by technology. Microsoft went to the trouble of creating a screen-cap thumbnail of it when I sent an e-mail of it to others, so I Tweeted it to let it live again on that platform.
The long-used leftist weapon of stridently calling people “racist” anytime a non-leftist makes a valid point is beginning to stink like the rotten rhetorical fish that it is. And the year-plus long attempts to deflect attention away from possible US government funding of gain-of-function research, and to attack those with important questions about it, are failing.
Related: Fauci: It Would’ve Been 'Almost A Dereliction Of Duty' To Not Fund Wuhan Lab Experiments
All of this could have happened over a year ago. But since people like “reporter” Mandavilli have had all this time to build up their mountains of errant statements, broad-brush slander, soft-touch racism, and deflections, they have given us even more evidence to approach the wider issue of media malfeasance, and it’s important to expose it all.