(RoyalPatriot.com )- Elon Musk, the owner and CEO of social media platform Twitter, suggested earlier this week that he may slap a warning label on CNN’s account following a report that alleges the media outlet stopped its own reporters from investigating if the COVID-19 pandemic actually originated from a lab in Wuhan, China.
The Wall Street Journal reported recently that the Department of Energy believes it’s possible the pandemic did originally begin because of a leak from a lab in China. Christopher Wray, the director of the FBI, also recently said his agency agrees with that assessment.
A Twitter user recently asked Musk when he was going to label CNN as “State Affiliated Media.” He responded:
“Good point. If an organization portrays itself as balanced, but is not, it should be labeled to inform the public.”
A Fox News report pointed out earlier this week that a CNN insider showed Jeff Zucker, the former president of the network, ordered his staffers to not investigate the various claims people were making that COVID-19 originated in a lab in China. The argument Zucker made was that if CNN aired a discussion that potentially validated those claims, it would just serve to be a “Trump talking point.”
The CNN insider told Fox News Digital:
“People are slowly waking up from the fog. It is kind of crazy that we didn’t chase it harder.”
Zucker has had a disdain for former President Donald Trump for quite some time, and it showed in the way the media organization he once led covered the news. That has since changed – at least somewhat – as the network’s new heads have said they want to be nonpartisan.
When the coronavirus began spreading around the world back in 2020, it seemed almost immediately that many mainstream media outlets made a concerted effort to silence the suggestions that the virus could’ve originated in a lab, specifically the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Instead, their coverage focused heavily on the virus making the leap from animals at a wet market in Wuhan, China.
In late March of that year, CNN even published a story written by Oliver Darcy titled “Here’s how to debunk coronavirus misinformation and conspiracy theories from friends and family.” It provided tips on how to talk with those close to you who wouldn’t believe the take that mainstream media had on the pandemic.
The article read:
“While the coronavirus pandemic has isolated family and friends inside their homes, it has in many cases increased online or over-the-phone communication with loved ones. But, in some cases, relatives and friends share poor information – whether it is bad science related to how to prevent the virus, debunked rumors about cities being put on lockdown, or conspiracy theories about the origins of COVID-19.”
Three years later, it’s apparent that many legitimate outlets – such as the DOE and the FBI – believe that the lab leak “theory” could be real.
And Musk seems poised to take action against CNN for continuing to push a very one-sided approach to covering the news.