A new Politico-Harvard study finds that a majority of Americans now believe COVID was leaked from the Wuhan lab, underscoring again the danger of empowering ‘fact-checkers’, media outlets and Silicon Valley to censor information.
The poll found that 52% of Americans believe the lab leak hypothesis, once derided as a fringe “conspiracy theory,” including 59% of Republicans and 52% of Democrats.
Bipartisan support for the theory is highly unusual, with poll designer Bob Blendon commenting, “Usually, our polls find a big split between Republicans and Democrats, so this is unique.”
“The Politico-Harvard study shows that what was once covered by liberal media as a far-right fake news story is now broadly accepted on a bipartisan basis,” reports the Daily Mail. “By contrast, in March 2020 just 29% of Americans accepted the lab leak theory.”
Indeed, for many months the media and social media networks characterized the whole idea as a dangerous conspiracy theory and those who promoted it were censored and deplatformed.
In June 2020, Vice President Kamala Harris even claimed Donald Trump’s advocacy of the theory represented “racist and xenophobic rhetoric against Asian Americans and Asian immigrants directly puts their lives at risk.”
As we previously highlighted, Dr. Peter Daszak, President of the EcoHealth Alliance, a group that has extensive ties to the Wuhan lab gain of function research, thanked Dr. Anthony Fauci for dismissing the lab leak theory early on in the pandemic.