August 03, 2021

Two well-placed sources confirmed today, a top editor at the New York Times instructed Times staffers not to investigate the origins of COVID-19, telling us why the Times’ top editor would rather miss the biggest story of our time.

‘In early 2020,’ a veteran Times employee tells me, ‘I suggested to a senior editor at the paper that we investigate the origins of COVID-19. I was told it was dangerous to run a piece about the origins of the coronavirus. There was resistance to running anything that could suggest that [COVID-19 was manmade or had leaked accidentally from a lab].’

Senior editors are alleged to have suppressed efforts to probe the virus’s origins, considering it as a conspiracy theory, rather than asking questions—what journalists are supposed to do. The Times led the charge to dismiss any questioning of the WHO’s now-discredited line as conspiracist or even’ racist.’

In the years before COVID-19, revenue from Communist China was an integral part of the Times’s business model. The paper received millions of dollars from Chinese government-controlled outlets, especially China Daily, and published ‘advertorials’ pushing the Chinese government’s line. The Times wasn’t alone in doing this — though few outlets anywhere in the West went all-in, as the Times did in 2012, when it launched a Chinese-language edition and, soon after that, a luxury magazine.

In November 2019, China Daily had failed to disclose to federal authorities millions of dollars in payments to US outlets, including the Times and the Washington Post. In August 2020, the Times quietly scrubbed the China-funded advertorials from its website. Still, in October 2020, the Times ran an op-ed by Regina Ip, a member of Hong Kong’s Executive Council, justifying the repression of anti-government protests in the Hong Kong SAR.

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