Tucker Carlson has slammed Dr Anthony Fauci, the World Health Organization and the mainstream media for spreading ‘lies’ about the origins of COVID-19 amid mounting evidence that the virus may have been developed in a Chinese lab.
The Fox News host launched his attack on Monday night and said there is now a consensus that the virus was caused by the Chinese government and was leaked by the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), rather than the city’s wet market as was previously reported.
Carlson’s comments come as scientists and political officials are coming forward to support the theory that the virus may have been created in a Chinese laboratory and was covered up – after scoffing at the idea for much of the past year in part because it was pushed by then-President Donald Trump.
Among the top officials recently speculating that possibility is Dr Fauci, who earlier this month said he’s ‘not convinced’ the virus formed naturally after repeated statements to the contrary.
In his monologue at the top of Tucker Carlson Tonight, Carlson cited a previously-undisclosed US State Department report which claimed three WIV researchers were likely the first people infected with COVID-19 after they were hospitalized in November 2019 – months before China disclosed the outbreak.
Fauci has said he was unaware of the report until was brought to light by the Wall Street Journal over the weekend – but Carlson asked: ‘Can we really believe that? No, of course, we can’t.
‘Fauci has known from the beginning the virus may very well have come from that lab. Many people have known that.
‘Fauci just lied about it for more than a year.’
Tucker Carlson has slammed Dr Anthony Fauci and the mainstream media for spreading ‘lies’ about the origins of Covid-19
The US State Department issued a fact sheet on the bombshell claims in January which Carlson said was ignored by top officials including Dr Fauci (pictured)
The State Department Fact sheet, released five days before Donald Trump left office, said: ‘The US government has reason to believe that several researchers inside the WIV became sick in autumn 2019, before the first identified case of the outbreak, with symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illnesses.’
But Fauci never commented on the report at the time, only now admitting when asked if the virus originated naturally: ‘I am not convinced about that. I think we should continue to investigate what went on in China until we continue to find out to the best of our ability what happened.’
Carlson disputed Fauci’s claims he did not know about the lab hospitalizations, saying the Thai government contacted the CDC in November 2019 after picking up ‘biological anomalies’ near the Institute of Virology.
‘We can’t confirm this, though we believe it to be true,’ Carlson said. ‘We do know that several other allied foreign governments, including the governments of France and Australia, have gathered evidence showing the virus escaped from a Chinese lab.
‘Yet Tony Fauci, who runs the whole thing, didn’t know any of this? Come on. Of course he did.
‘Pretty much every sane person acknowledges at this point that the government of China likely caused the single worst man-made disaster in human history.’
The laboratory is only 20 miles form the Huanan Seafood market, where the first cluster of infections began
Fauci has since backtracked on his recent comments, saying he believes it is ‘highly likely’ the virus originated naturally before it spread from animals to humans.
CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang said the medical adviser is still open to an investigation but does not believe COVID-19 was leaked from the laboratory.
She added: ‘He does not know anything about the three researchers at the Wuhan lab who sought hospital care in November 2019 as reported by the WSJ.’
But Carlson ridiculed these claims, saying that Fauci has known about the Wuhan lab ‘leaks’ ‘for a very long time’.
Carlson cited Fauci’s comments from a May 2020 interview with National Geographic in which he said: ‘If you look at the evolution of the virus in bats and what exists now, it’s very, very strongly leaning towards that could not have been artificially or deliberately manipulated.
‘A number of very qualified evolutionary biologists have said that everything about the stepwise evolution over time strongly indicates that it evolved in the wild, then jumped species.’
Carlson asked: ‘A number of very qualified evolutionary biologists – really? Where are those scientists today?
‘Now that we know what we know about the Wuhan lab — and we know that, of course, Fauci has known it too for a very long time, how could he not — it’s pretty remarkable to go back and look at Fauci’s public statements about COVID and the government of China.’
‘You look back over the last year in light of what we now know, and you ask yourself, how does Tony Fauci still have a job? Seriously.
‘What kind of country gives this much power to someone who’s proven himself to be serially dishonest and incompetent? It’s scary we’d allow that. Especially in public health.
‘Meanwhile, and this is the most galling part, those few journalists and scientists who told the truth about what happened in Wuhan were punished for telling the truth.
‘They were attacked by CNN, censored by Facebook, denounced by their colleagues. They were destroyed in some cases. Where’s their apology? Who’s paying into their reparations fund? No one of course.’
Fauci has since backtracked on his recent comments, saying he believes it is ‘highly likely’ the virus originated naturally before it spread from animals to humans
COVID-19 spread quickly throughout the world, and now officials in the United States, Norway, Canada and Great Britain are calling for further investigation into its origins
A team from the World Health Organization carried out an investigation in China into the origins of the virus, concluding it was ‘extremely unlikely’ it originated in the laboratory.
But the mission was carried out under strong influence from the Chinese government who refused to share raw data about early Covid cases, and the WHO’s findings tallied with the claims of the ruling communist party that it jumped from animals via imported meat.
Carlson said the WHO ‘followed China’s instructions’ and Joe Biden readily rejoined the organization, offering his full support without conditions.
Carlson then threw his support behind journalists who were censored and attacked for speaking out against the consensus view that the virus originated in the Wuhan wet market, saying their careers were destroyed for ‘telling the truth’.
Professor Stephen Mosher said back in February 2020 that Covid escaped from the lab but was denounced as a ‘conspiracy nut’, according to Carlson.
Meanwhile retired New York Times science editor Nicholas Wade has joined in on the chorus criticizing the mainstream media for falling for ‘Chinese propaganda’ about the origins of the virus.
Carlson disputed Fauci’s claims he did not know about the lab hospitalizations, saying the Thai government contacted the CDC in November 2019
Scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology were reportedly studying bats before the coronavirus outbreak began in 2019
He penned a 1,100-word article examining the link entitled ‘The origin of COVID: Did people or nature open Pandora’s box at Wuhan?’ earlier this month and took aim at top news outlets in a Fox News interview on Sunday night.
He claimed the media mainstream media failed to ‘take off its political glasses’ to investigate the virus’ origins, the facts of which, he said, are being obscured by the Chinese Communist Party.
‘I think we see a sustained Chinese propaganda effort at work,’ Wade, who served as the staff writer for the Science Times section of the New York Times from 1982 to 2012, told Mark Levin on Life, Liberty & Levin.
‘But, you know, more than that, it was just the blindness, if I could put it that way, of our media — we’re too polarized to see scientific issues for their own sake without putting a political gloss on them,’ he continued.
Nicholas Wade, a former New York Times science editor, slammed mainstream media in an interview with Mark Levin on Sunday for not investigating the origins of COVID-19
‘We don’t know for sure: The origin of the virus is just we’ve got these two possible scenarios. But if you look at all the evidence and ask yourself, well, which scenario explains all these facts better on present evidence, it seems, to me at least, that the lab-escape hypothesis explains it a lot better.
‘But it’s a sort of complicated conclusion to arrive at, and I can only assume that the media was blindsided, they didn’t do the work that was necessary.’
Large outlets, including the New York Times, CNN and the Washington Post, pushed back against the idea that the virus leaked from a lab in Wuhan in the early days of the pandemic.
Facebook labeled a New York Post opinion column saying the virus ‘might have jumped to the human population thanks to errors at a Chinese laboratory in Wuhan’ as ‘false information’.
Former President Trump repeatedly said he suspected the virus may have escaped from a Chinese lab, which Beijing denies, and for which he was ridiculed.
The lab is one of only a handful in the world that is cleared to handle Class 4 pathogens — dangerous viruses that pose a high risk of person-to-person transmission
Even former CDC director Robert Redfield was admonished for the suggestion despite no strong evidence to the contrary at the time.
The Huanan wet market, where the first cluster of infections began, is just a few hundred yards from the Wuhan Centers for Disease Prevention and Control and only a few miles from the the Wuhan Institute of Virology Lab, where scientists were reportedly conducting experiments on bats before the pandemic began.
The lab is one of only a handful in the world that is cleared to handle Class 4 pathogens — dangerous viruses that pose a high risk of person-to-person transmission.
Did coronavirus originate in Chinese government laboratory?
The Wuhan Institute of Virology has been collecting numerous coronaviruses from bats ever since the SARS outbreak in 2002.
They have also published papers describing how these bat viruses have interacted with human cells.
US Embassy staff visited the lab in 2018 and ‘had grave safety concerns’ over the protocols which were being observed at the facility.
The lab is just a few miles from the Huanan wet market which is where the first cluster of infections erupted in Wuhan.
The market is just a few hundred yards from another lab called the Wuhan Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (WHCDC).
The WHCDC kept disease-ridden animals in its labs, including some 605 bats.
Those who support the theory argue that Covid-19 could have leaked from either or both of these facilities and spread to the wet market.
Most argue that this would have been a virus they were studying rather than one which was engineered.
Last year a bombshell paper from the Beijing-sponsored South China University of Technology recounted how bats once attacked a researcher at the WHCDC and ‘blood of bat was on his skin.’
The report says: ‘Genome sequences from patients were 96% or 89% identical to the Bat CoV ZC45 coronavirus originally found in Rhinolophus affinis (intermediate horseshoe bat).’
It describes how the only native bats are found around 600 miles away from the Wuhan seafood market and that the probability of bats flying from Yunnan and Zhejiang provinces was minimal.
In addition there is little to suggest the local populace eat the bats as evidenced by testimonies of 31 residents and 28 visitors.
Instead the authors point to research being carried out within 300 yards at the WHCDC.
One of the researchers at the WHCDC described quarantining himself for two weeks after a bat’s blood got on his skin, according to the report. That same man also quarantined himself after a bat urinated on him.
And he also mentions discovering a live tick from a bat – parasites known for their ability to pass infections through a host animal’s blood.
‘The WHCDC was also adjacent to the Union Hospital where the first group of doctors were infected during this epidemic,’ the report says.
‘It is plausible that the virus leaked around and some of them contaminated the initial patients in this epidemic, though solid proofs are needed in future study.’