Fox News host Tucker Carlson addressed the origins of the coronavirus pandemic and warned viewers to “remain skeptical” of remarks and findings of officials and scientists.
Carlson discussed findings reported in early February by scientists from the South China University of Technology during a monologue on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Tuesday.
(Source: Fox News)
Carlson noted that neither he nor Fox News had confirmed the claims made by the scientists and we’re not endorsing them, explaining that, at the time the report was published on February 6, China had placed its death toll due to COVID-19 at 564.
“But you should keep in mind as you hear this that these findings come from Chinese scientists who work for a university that is controlled by the Chinese government,” he said, thus they are “probably not Chinese racist propaganda.”
“The virus most likely came from an animal known as the intermediate horseshoe bat,” Carlson said, citing the scientists’ report and noted that “there are no known colonies” of this type of bat “within 900 kilometers of Wuhan,” the city from where the virus is said to have originated.
He added that there is also no evidence that the bats were sold in the Wuhan wet market, “despite many claims made by the American media.” Carlson cited the report which claimed the scientists interviewed those who confirmed the particular bat was not being sold in the wet market but did find nearby laboratories conducting research using the intermediate horseshoe bat.
The South China University scientists concluded that the coronavirus pandemic “likely came” from one of two government labs in Wuhan, the Fox News host continued.
“They noticed that a scientist at the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention had been exposed to the blood and urine of horseshoe bats. They also suggested that infected tissue samples from research animals may have wound up in the Wuhan wet market,” Carlson said, reading a portion of the report which stated:
“The killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan. Safety levels may need to be reinforced in high-risk bio-hazardous laboratories and regulations may be taken to relocate these laboratories far away from city centers and other densely populated places.”
“How is that for interesting?” Carlson asked viewers.
He went on to note how no one in the U.S. media has “dared” to write about the findings in the report.
“Now this paper’s been online for nearly two months and so far it has been virtually ignored in this country. Almost nobody in American journalism has dared to write about it. The few who have were immediately attacked as dangerous conspiracy theorists,” he said.
“Instead of assessing what seemed like the rational conclusions presented in the Chinese paper, there was a spate of American news stories and academic research designed to show that the coronavirus absolutely could not have been engineered in a Chinese lab,” he continued.
“They sounded supremely confident of that, but do they really know it? And the answer is no they don’t,” Carlson concluded. “As a factual matter, it is impossible for Western scientists to settle the question either way. So instead of doing that or admitting that, they amped up the rhetoric hoping you wouldn’t notice the difference.”
An FBI intelligence report revealed that one year before the pandemic broke out in Wuhan, a Chinese national attempted to bring undeclared biological materials into the U.S. bit was intercepted by Customs and Border Protection.
Chinese biologist carrying suspected SARS and MERS samples attempted to enter US aprox. 1 yr ago https://t.co/qYAxG0dcWD pic.twitter.com/SeVuwVvNBf
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 31, 2020
Carlson pointed to a post written by the director of the National Institutes of Health and posted on their website which dismissed the speculation raised by the Chinese scientists’ report as “outrageous.”
“Keep in mind, NIH is supposed to be keeping you safe from diseases like this one, not running political interference for a hostile foreign government. This is how they are spending their time as Americans die in the middle of a global pandemic,” Carlson said.
“And still, no one addressed the substance of the claims. The South China University paper concludes that the virus probably escaped accidentally from a lab in Wuhan. It said not one word about bioweapons,” he contended, noting how “thousands of words” were spewed by media outlets “scolding you for thinking of virus may have been a form of biological warfare.”
“Notice that’s a totally different claim than the one made in the paper, and that’s not accidental,” the Fox News host warned.
“One of the surest signs that people are lying to you is when they answer questions you didn’t ask,” he argued, warning that they are “claiming to know things they don’t know, they’re dismissing the obvious as impossible.”
“They’re blaming you for their failures and the media are helping them do it,” Carlson explained, telling viewers that the “stakes are too high” to allow it to continue.
“So no matter what, stay skeptical as you assess the world. Remain rational. Gather your own evidence and come to your own conclusions,” Carlson advised in conclusion.
“You shouldn’t have to do that, you ought to be able to trust the people in charge but you can’t,” he added. “So at this point, you have no choice.”
Carlson’s monologue sparked many reactions on Twitter, including one from conservative actor James Woods.
“We’ve had swine flu (China), bird flu (China), and now bat virus? Watch this report and use your own judgment. #WuhanCoronaVirus,” he tweeted.
So it’s what many already believed – the virus did escape from a lab in Wuhan either intentionally or by accident. Also explains why the Chinese government didn’t allow the experts from other countrie to visit that market in Wuhan to study the source of the virus.
— Sharron Carolina – SUPER ELITE (@slg_carolina) April 1, 2020
Truth comes early and late. Tucker’s presentation here provides clarification and basis, for the evolution of the pandemic; which had discussion early on. There is a virus, but the nefariousness surrounding it’s address is the greater danger
— Syosset Kid (@SyossetKid) April 1, 2020
I read that paper at the beginning of February and came to the conclusion it was made in a lab and released either on accident or on purpose. Either way, the CCP is responsible for it, and WHO, CDC, NIH are covering it up.
— All News Sucks (@newssux) April 1, 2020
Tucker Carlson is brilliant and what other journalists should aspire to be. He consistently provides clear and unbiased information. We are so grateful for him!
— gothymom 🇺🇸 (@gothymom2012) April 1, 2020
“One of the surest signs that people are lying to you is when they answer questions you didn’t ask.”
— Kevin ☘ (@IrishGuyKevin) April 1, 2020
The obvious take away: 2 labs that experiment with deadly viruses & a large open food market all within a 10 mile radius of each other. A viral global pandemic sprang forth from that epicenter. Why the desperate misdirection? WHY would these simple, known facts be suppressed?
— 2GuysView (@2GuysView) April 1, 2020
Can’t trust our own. How truly sad and dangerous
— Americans Shrugged (@Americasshrugg1) April 1, 2020
Something to think about. Wake up America
— Zrich🇺🇸USAF VET🇺🇸Patriot🇺🇸MAGA (@Zrich41141664) April 1, 2020
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