I've been posting relentlessly about the suppression of the lab-leak theory recently because it ticks the boxes of journalistic dishonesty, media/tech censorship, establishment corruption, scientific-coverups, and China (and unbelievable partisanship but I've left that one alone) Summary: * The scientific establishment (especially Nature and The Lancet) has been suppressing the lab-leak theory, blocking legitimate criticism of zoonotic theories, and hiding conflicts of interest and data problems * The companies that own Nature and The Lancet have been taking millions of dollars from China and provide censored content to the country This article (https://unherd.com/2021/06/beijings-useful-idiots/) covers the culpability of the scientific establishment for deliberately blocking the lab-leak theory. Many articles and letters disputing the zoonotic origins of COVID-19 have been blocked blocked by journals and dubious peer review, and The Lancet and Nature went further. The Lancet published Peter Daszak's statement condemning the lab-leak theory as a "conspiracy theory", while lying that the signatories did not have conflicts of interest. On the other hand The Lancet refused to publish a letter by other scientists calling for open debate on the issue. Nature annotated existing papers with denials of the lab-leak theory, and published and published a paper by Shi Zhengli (the Bat Woman in Wuhan) that silently renamed the closest known relative to COVID-19 to hide that it came from miners infected through bat droppings elsewhere in China. Nature didn't think this was important enough to point out. Furthermore, 10 months later Nature revealed Shi Zhengli had 8 other undisclosed strains related to this virus (the closest known relative to COVID-19). Nature published further evidence-free attacks on the lab-leak theory, as well as papers pushing the pangolin-based zoonotic origin theory, but rejected an article pointing out data problems in those papers. The article notes that Nature's and The Lancet's parent companies Springer and Elsevier have been enmeshed in million-dollar Chinese sponsorship agreements for years, and have been providing censored content to the country.
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