New York Times Told Staffers Not To Investigate Origin of COVID-19

A top editor at the New York Times instructed staffers not to investigate the origins of COVID-19, two employees at the Times confirmed to The Spectator on Monday.

A veteran Times employee told Dominic Green, "In early 2020, 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 ."

Why would the most notable newspaper in the country discourage its reporters from finding information? As the employees told The Spectator, it wasn't an opinion that the Times quashed, but an investigation that could uncover news with massive international implications.

Undoubtedly, the Times editors feared that their journalists would find information that would validate Donald Trump's suspicions about the true origin of COVID ahead of the 2020 election.

"The global pandemic was then in its early stages," Green goes on. "Donald Trump was running for reelection and calling SARS-CoV-2 the 'Chinese virus.' His secretary of state Mike Pompeo had told ABC's This Week in May 2020 that he had seen 'significant' and 'enormous evidence' of the virus originating in the Wuhan Institute of Virology."

In addition, the Times dismissed any questioning of the World Health Organization, which claimed the virus originated naturally, as "racist."

"It was considered a conspiracy theory,' Green quoted a second Times insider saying. "It was untouchable everywhere. The fact that Trump embraced it, of course, also made it a no-go."

Then there's the China angle. There's evidence that the Times suppressed a potential bombshell not only to damage Trump but to protect China.

Pre-COVID, revenue from China was an integral part of the Times' business model. The Spectator says the Times received millions of dollars from Chinese government-controlled outlets, particularly China Daily:

When The Spectator reached out to the Times for comment, a spokesperson dismissed the report as ridiculous: "Any accusation that the New York Times would refuse to investigate the origins of a pandemic is ridiculous."

People on message boards challenged the notion that the discovery of this bat coronavirus near the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which studied bat coronaviruses, was just a coincidence. However, the people paid to question and report on the story -- people at places like NYT and other mainstream media outlets -- didn't ask such questions. Instead, they accepted the WHO's explanation at face value.

As I wrote today, the New York Times actually benefited from COVID, as did other entities. Between the mounting evidence that the virus originated in a Wuhan lab and this report from The Spectator -- the Times may have played a significant role in China's cover-up. 

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