New York Times COVID writer says lab leak theory is racist, then deletes her tweet after online blowback

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A New York Times writer covering the COVID-19 pandemic deleted a tweet claiming that that the “lab leak theory” is racist after receiving online blowback.

Apoorva Mandavilli, the Times science and global health reporter, issued the missive on Wednesday.

“Someday we will stop talking about the lab leak theory and maybe even admit its racist roots,” she wrote. “But alas, that day is not yet here.”

The possibility that the coronavirus was a creation in a laboratory has been theorized by many including former President Donald Trump and has gained popularity as more and more evidence is revealed publicly. Many on the left have dismissed those discussing the lab leak theory as conspiracy theorists.

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Critics pounced on Mandavilli’s tweet as the latest incident proving bias at the Times.

“Nyt covid-19 reporter instills perfect confidence in the paper’s ability to actually report the issue,” replied commentator Becket Adams.

‘I think my favorite thing about dismissing the lab theory as ‘racist’ is that it asks us instead to believe the virus started in a filthy chinese wet market filled with bats and pangolin stomaches or whatever,” he added.

“Can someone explain to me why it’s racist to wonder if a virus escaped from a Chinese lab, but it’s not racist to insist that it infected humans because of Chinese wet markets? If anything, isn’t the latter more racist?” asked Glenn Greenwald.

Mandavilli deleted the tweet but appeared to defend her position to a critic.

“A theory can have racist roots and still gather reasonable supporters along the way,” she said in a tweet documented at Fox News. “Doesn’t make the roots any less racist or the theory any more convincing, though.”

Hours later, she offered a much different take on the issue.

“I deleted my earlier tweets about the origins of the pandemic because they were badly phrased,” said Mandavilli.

“The origin of the pandemic is an important line of reporting that my colleagues are covering aggressively,” she added.

A report released by House Republicans claimed that there was significant circumstantial evidence that the pandemic might have originated from a laboratory in Wuhan, China. On Wednesday, President Joe Biden said he had ordered the intelligence community to redouble their efforts to discover the true origin of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mandavilli had previously reported that experts believed that total herd immunity was not a reachable goal and that the U.S. would need to face regular outbreaks of the coronavirus. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow called the report “crushing,” and “scary.”

Here’s Mandavilli on MSNBC:

What Happens If The U.S. Falls Short Of ‘Herd Immunity’ To Covid? | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

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  1. Another stupid liberal bringing race into this. That’s the only thing these morons can talk about.

    1. @Klaus (great name) LIEberal Demoshits never have facts so all they have is the race card to play.

      The term racist (a made up word) was invented in 1927 by Leon Trotsky. The word was used to “intimidate” all dissenters of the communist party. Today LIEberal Demoshits use the term in an attempt to shut down those who disagree with them. As far as I am concerned they have over played this card
      LIEberal Demoshits see racism where it doesn’t exist, fabricate it when they cannot find it, and ignore it within their own ranks!!!

      When I enlisted in the armed forces defending America (my country) it was called Patriotism. Today when defending America (my country) it’s called racism!!!! I am curious why so many so called Americans would be so comfortable with that idiot-ology!!!

      Racism is not dead but I once believed it was on life support – kept alive by politicians race hustlers and people who get a sense of superiority by denouncing others as racists” What I see Racism is another tool the LIEberal Demoshit party uses as their rallying call!!!

    2. The only thing racist about asking for an investigation to see if this was leaked or not is that if it was, it was a crime against EVEY race on this planet!

    1. @David there are many ethnicities living in China as there are here and when I visited China I was followed to make sure I didn’t go where the CCP didn’t want me to go.

  2. She deleted it after Biden announced renewed investigation into the lab as a source. Can’t call or infer President Biden a racist after all could she.
    Even though Kamila called and pointed out his racist past during primaries, and he authored and supported overtly racist policies and bills during his 30 years in office. But that is past and different issue as he is no longer a racist now. I mean Kamila must have agreed he’s changed recently. After all she became his running mate and VP less than 8 months after pointing out all his past racist activities right? I mean our VP couldn’t be an opportunistic person willing to throw the race card when it could help but totally forget and sweep it under the rug just to become VP on his platform would she?

  3. Facts are facts, plus china had hundreds of its own population infected and sent them on vacation to every country that could oppose them.

  4. This is some funny *hit! Its fact it came there, it’s not about being Chinese. It’s about XiXi and Fauci, and manynothers releasing a virus intentionally to kill, to create a “vaccine” thay will kill. Asking Fauci to lead this os like paying Hitler to inform and advise the world on the holocaust.

    She has nothing to worry about, Hidens admin has shut down the investigation. Let’s dig into her background. Indian are some of the racist people that exist. I know some! Ask her if she’s ever dated a black person!

    1. @DavidMost people are afraid of Covid-19

      I am more afraid of my neighbors, friends, and family who have no problem falling in line with a system of control.


      Because one day, they’ll have no problem turning on me for not doing so

      The real global emergency of Covid-19 is that the ensuing bankruptcies and those that are and will be affected will be far greater than it kills

      Text from Dean R Koontz The Eyes of Darkness published in 1981

      “In around 2020 a severe pneumonia like disease will spread throughout the globe, attacking the lungs and bronchial tubes. Almost more baffling than the illness is that it will suddenly vanishes quickly as it arrived, attack again ten years later and disappear completely Chinese scientist Li Chen defected to the US with a diskette record of China’s most important and dangerous Bio-weapons

      The Chinese labeled this virus Wuhan -400 because it was developed at their RDNA labs outside the city of Wuhan and it was the four-hundredth viable strain of manmade microorganisms Wuhan 400 is a perfect weapon

      Corona (Covid-19) Virus Hoax

      2002- Nile Virus is going to kill us all * 2004 – SARS Virus is going to kill us all * 2005 Bird flu Virus is going to kill us all * 2009 Swine flu Virus is going to kill us all * 2012 Ebola Virus is going to kill us all * 2016 Zika Virus is going to kill us all * 2020 Corona Virus is going to kill us all

      Each year: -600,000 Americans die from cancer -300,000 die from obesity -250,000 die from medical errors -120,000 die from Alzheimer’s -55,000 die from the flu -45,000-commit suicide -And 700,000 babies are aborted But the FAKE NEWS MEDIA is freaking out over a bad cold? Sheesh The ONLY reason the media hasn’t reported on those other “pandemics” is because except for the Corona Virus Trump was not the president and they couldn’t cause ANOTHER panic to blame on Trump!!!

      LIEberals were so “Butt-Hurt” and DESPERATE to get rid of one of the ONLY Statesman who tells it like it is! I wonder why!! No one is Hated more than he to tells the truth –Plato

      We now have at least 2 generations of selfish inconsiderate spoiled brats pretending to be adults that are being led by the corrupt Socialist LIEberal Demoshit party. Up until the 2016 election loss of Shitlery Klingon have we witnessed uncontrollable crying and continued temper tantrums over an election. Should something happen that would generate a complete breakdown of society and evolves into an everyman for himself mindset, the “crybaby” generation will be led like cattle from FEMA camp to FEMA camp to be slaughtered, completely failing to survive!

      Demoshits are not interested in what is good for America Demoshits are only interested in what’s good for Demoshits

  5. What a bag of rocks, we have been naming viruses after where they originated or were discovered for over 100 years so yes it is the Wuhan China virus and there is nothing racist about it…

    She would also like us to believe that it came from a wet market and a bat whose habitat is 1,000 miles away from that wet market and not a lab where they study corona viruses less than 10 miles from that wet market and another lab less than 3 football fields away from the wet market.

    Like I said what a bleeping bag of rocks…

  6. Why would anyone believe an O’Biden investigation.

    Hunter will be busy explaining on behalf of Papa to Xi that the investigation will find the virus started at Mar-A-Lago and nothing to worry about.

    Once revealed, Biden family and the rest of the gang will split the payoff from Xi and a bonus for Fauchi San while The NY Slimes can report once again on anything Trump created racism and the rest of us miserable Constitutionalists.

      1. @proggy RIGHT ON. For those of you who don’t know what the Deep State Globalism consists of, understand this, the Deep State is comprised of unelected forces that influence/leverage government and policy.

        Remember when Shitlery Klingon said she takes orders from her ‘mothership,’ The Council of Foreign Relations?’ Then there is the UN and their World Health Organization and our own CDC!?

        Now consider the World Bank IMF and the legion of NGOs and foundations such as the pernicious Bill and Melinda Gates and the Rockefeller Foundations? Now lets not forget the Zuckerbergs Jack Dorsey and the FRB, whom I don’t recall voting for, who believes him/themselves to be health and vaccine authority’s, or Dr, Fauci et al who’s influence over the CDC nearly destroyed America.

        And I don’t recall electing George Soros and his cabal which included Mark Zuckerberg Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos that uses their money to influence/leverage elected politicians and sensor opposing opinions to destroy our constitution and way of life!!

        Remember we have no say who attends the very influential Bilderberg meetings, held annually. Nor do we have a say in the goings on in the World Economic Forum and all the other acronyms bent on telling us all how things are going to be. This, my friends is DEEP STATE GLOBALISM!

        There is a war being waged on our republic, the players of the coup/putsch need to remove any and all who might expose the truth about the Deep State’s involvement to destroy our once proud republic. Everyone should be aware of the players involved the Media, Academia, Medicine, and Financial Institutions ALL of which are in the hip pocket of the Deep State

        There is a war being waged on our republic, the players of the coup/putsch need to remove any and all who might expose the truth about the Deep State’s involvement to destroy our once proud republic.

        IF YOU EVER DOUBTED THAT A CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY EXISTS proof is in the actions of the super rich tech companies are part of the conspiracy.

        Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg et al don’t want Socialism or Communism, they want Fascism. The only difference between Communism & Fascism can be seen in China, presently a Fascist state. Fascist states are Marxist based with the understanding that some private entities are far better suited to run various industries than a government bureaucracy, which typically lacks the talent to run a good business and they need Tech to be controlled and properly run. Hitler & Mussolini both knew this, Lenin & Stalin did not, China learned.

        Bill Gates is part of the globalist elite (or he likes to believe he is) wants population control. Shortly after his trip to India with Dr. Fauci I knew why I didn’t trust that CLOWN. For those of you who follow Bill Gates should be aware that Bill Gates funded the Coronavirus vaccine and has a financial interest in the Wuhan lab in China along with George Soros is his silent partner. India is suing Bill Gates because he vaccinated 77,000 third world girls between the ages of 9 & 15 many of those girls died!!!

  7. Surely the end of days is here or rapidly approaching. God said, “What is right will be wrong and what is wrong will be right.” I do believe in genocide. I think any idiot that voted for a brain dead racist Biden should be shot. The IQ of the remaining population will jump by twenty points. The only people I know that voted for this vegetable are people with their hands out. People on the public dole. He may have been a narcissist but Trump was the best president this country ever had. They still call him a racist for saying the virus came from China. It didn’t “Accidentally get out of the lab.” It was the only way China could slow down the Trump Train that was running their economy into the ground.

  8. The only racist part of this whole tihing happened several years ago when US military tried to create an RNA vaccine to kill off the black population, but could not get it to work.
    This time, Obma told the NIH it could not do the research for this viru in the USA, but did not tell them they could not work on it. Thye moved it to China, whre the virology lab was accepting of the money and research, leading to investigation of NIH by Trump adm. Meanwhile, a CDC grant stated it was to be done in China, and said their goal was to learn how the virus was made and track the spread pattern. Nothing racist there, kill everyone you could. Also, do not blame the horseshoe bat, who cannot even pass it to other types of bats. A lab experiment failed when they tried to put it in the fruti bat even. Evolution would take 100 years, thus those involved had to tinker and increase the virus so make it more accepted by more humans. Gain of function ins use, with intended release. No race, paid for by China, USA and Canada! Gates simulated spread 5 months before the release.

    1. What a bunch of malarkey to justify your own position. Labs around the world are doing research on biological warfare. It’s also been shown that the CCP has it fist in far too many pies around the world. Step back and think a bit before you jump into accusations. If you have the proof, spill it. Stop making misdirecting claims without proof.

  9. The ruling Chinese Communist Party is a fragment of but not representative of the entire Chinese population or its ancient culture – which the party tries to suppress. But it is well known that the CCP is playing “the long game” in its drive toward world domination, exploiting a variety of weaknesses in different parts of the world. What they manipulate in Australia is not what they do in Africa. That they would flatter and encourage knowledge, research and money from vulnerable elements of the US government agencies, is an easy bet. It is easy to kill an ostrich whose head is in the sand, or up its rectum.

  10. Racists see racism everywhere they look. Besides, it seem to be quite popular among liberals. When did Chinese become a race anyway?

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