The Atlantic’s COVID origin miscues, Rep. Bowman’s China blinders and more

Diary of disturbing disinformation and dangerous delusions

This headline:

“The strongest evidence yet that an animal caused the pandemic”

– The Atlantic, March 16

We say: If this is the “strongest evidence” that COVID started with “animals,” then the lab leak theory seems more likely than ever. The new information comes from an analysis of genetic sequences collected at the Huanan Market in Wuhan, China. However, a WHO official notes that the virus in question has not actually been found in any animals, nor has the study found any evidence that animals have infected humans. Yes, The Atlantic’s headline is technically correct that the virus probably started with animals – but not necessarily with a raccoon dog as it would have you believe; It could also have come from a bat infected with a bug that was brought to the lab.

This tweet:

We say: Biden keeps repeating this lie hoping people will believe it. But as the readers in a Warning Twitter hit his tweet, that 3% isn’t based on income, but on investment gains that could well turn into losses. Even if they don’t, they will be taxed when they are sold and become income. In fact, the average billionaire’s taxes account for about 25% of his taxes incomenot 3%.

This comment:

“[Republicans saying] Attacking ‘Soros, Soros, Soros’ and Alvin Bragg, putting that together and then saying ‘crime’ – which to me means ‘Blacks and Jews’.”

— Joy Reid of MSNBC, Tuesday

We say: Reid suggests that any criticism of George Soros — who funded some of the country’s most criminal prosecutors, including Manhattan Attorney Alvin Bragg — amounts to anti-Semitism. And to criticize Bragg, who is black and believes the criminal justice system has discriminated against African Americans for being pro-criminal, is racist. Why? Maybe even because she cannot defend the views of Soros and Bragg.

Rep. Jamal Bowman claimed that Republicans a "Red Scare around China” by speaking out against TikTok.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman claimed Republicans are creating a “red fear over China” by opposing TikTok.
REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

That remark:

“Why the hysteria and the panic and the targeting of TikTok? As we know, Republicans in particular have sounded the alarm and caused a red scare in China.”

MP Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), Wednesday

We say: Hysteria? Red Fright? Is Bowman completely oblivious to the threat China poses not only to America but to the world? Just this week, China’s Xi Jinping visited Russia’s Vladimir Putin – who wantonly slaughters Ukrainians (and sends his own soldiers to their deaths) – and praised the Sino-Russian alliance. Xi’s own regime, of course, has been slaughtering Uyghurs and dissidents and threatening Taiwan for years And spy on Americans. And TikTok is linked to the regime and has been accused of collecting data on Americans and being able to harm children. National security officials and even President Biden himself all see the threat. Will Bowman get paid? Or just nuts?

That excuse:

“It was lies and . . . inaccuracy in the last few years.”

— WH spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre, Wednesday

We say: Jean-Pierre refused to say what the Biden family did in exchange for the millions they received from a Chinese company because, as she says, they had “lies” on the subject. Hmm: Does she mean, for example, the lie that the Post’s 2020 message on Hunter Biden’s laptop was what President Biden called “a Russian plant”? This story provided the first evidence of these Chinese payments to the Bidens, and today almost every major news outlet (and even Hunter himself) admits that the Post’s story was 100% true.

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board The Atlantic’s COVID origin miscues, Rep. Bowman’s China blinders and more


DUSTIN JONES is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. DUSTIN JONES joined USTimeToday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with DUSTIN JONES by emailing

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