As you’ve probably heard, the potential origins of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) are back in the public discussion. In particular, the possibility that the virus “escaped” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology is no longer relegated to the realm of “conspiracy theory” as it had been.
I’m not here to litigate or argue where COVID came from; I have no idea.
However, the media
story here is where I think we can all collectively learn something: how did a legitimate hypothesis for the virus’ origin get blacklisted so universally? Famed political blogger and co-founder of Vox Matthew Yglesias
wrote this compelling piece
on how the media screwed this one up.