Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has been openly expressing his disapproval of Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post fact-checker, after a recent U.S. intelligence report exposed that a federal agency suspects the COVID-19 pandemic originated from a Chinese lab leak. According to The Wall Street Journal’s report on Sunday, the U.S. Energy Department has determined that the pandemic’s origin was probably due to a lab leak in Wuhan, China. The significance of this discovery lies in the agency’s broad scientific knowledge and its supervision of a network of U.S. national laboratories, some of which engage in advanced biological research.
4 🤡’s for Glenn. https://t.co/587JmvrIOE pic.twitter.com/K0pO6BPvxp
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 26, 2023
In May 2020, Senator Cruz responded to a tweet from Kessler in which he attacked claims the pandemic originated from a lab leak. In a long post, Cruz explained everything that was known at the time, and Kessler responded by saying that Cruz had missed the scientific animation in the video which showed it was virtually impossible for the virus to jump from the lab.
Documenting Glenn Kessler’s BIGGEST MISS ever:
Today, the Wall Street Journal reported, “Lab Leak Most Likely Origin of Covid-19 Pandemic.”
But in 2020, Kessler tweeted: “I fear @tedcruz missed the scientific animation in the video that shows how it is virtually impossible for… https://t.co/j7PILxmWGk pic.twitter.com/10GQYmXsex
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) February 26, 2023
Senator Cruz took to Twitter on Sunday to share a screenshot of The Wall Street Journal report titled “Lab Leak Most Likely Origin of Covid-19 Pandemic, U.S. Agency Now Says” in response to a tweet. Additionally, Steve Guest, who serves as Cruz’s Special Advisor for Communications, criticized Kessler on social media for his oversight of the new report, referring to it as “Kessler’s BIGGEST MISS ever.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) has been conducting an investigation into the virus’s origins, and in 2021, a team from the organization traveled to Wuhan, China, to inspect the Huanan market, which was where the initial group of cases was reported. Nonetheless, the inquiry came under scrutiny for its lack of transparency and restricted access.
Despite this criticism, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the organization would do everything in its power “until we get the answer” of the origins of the virus.
The latest findings from The Wall Street Journal indicate a sudden shift in what the U.S. energy department believes to be the virus’s origin and have been met with criticism from Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler. Senator Ted Cruz and his Special Advisor for Communications Steve Guest have both been vocal in their criticism of Kessler over his initial dismissal of claims that COVID-19 originated from a lab leak in China. As more evidence continues to surface regarding this matter, it remains to be seen how Kessler will respond to this new information and if he will acknowledge his mistake or continue to deny it.
Source: Daily Fetched