Jeff Zucker told CNN staff not to give credence to the Wuhan lab leak theory during the start and height of the pandemic because he thought it was a ‘Trump talking point’ and couldn’t be true, network insiders have claimed.
Zucker – who was ousted from the network after his affair with Allison Gollust was revealed – is said to have told journalists not to pursue the theory that is now backed by the FBI.
‘People are slowly waking up from the fog. It is kind of crazy that we didn’t chase it harder,’ a network source told Fox News.
CNN – now run by Chris Licht, who vowed to suck out the heavy bias that turned many viewers and readers off the network during the last five years – is yet to respond to the report.
Former CNN boss Jeff Zucker is said to have steered journalists away from the lab leak theory in 2020
It is still casting considerable doubt on the theory that the virus spread from the lab to the rest of the world, however.
Both FBI Director Christopher Wray and the Department of Energy accept the theory as being backed by evidence.
In the early days of the pandemic, the theory was hastily dismissed by CNN and other left-leaning media outlets, while Republicans – including former President Trump – wanted to investigate.
Trump is now demanding trillions of dollars in reparations from China for the harm the pandemic caused on the US and global economy.
CNN reporter Fareed Zakaria called it a ‘far right conspiracy theory’ while others like MSNBC, The New York Times and The Washington Post also ran articles ‘debunking’ the theory.
Insiders say Zucker reduced the theory to being a ‘Trump talking point’ and wouldn’t give it credence
Instead of giving airtime to the theory, CNN journalists and producers routinely invited Democrats on their shows to discuss the pandemic, including former NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, who regularly appeared on his brother Chris’s primetime show
The CIA and other US government bodies say they have ‘low confidence’ that the lab – the Wuhan Institute of Virology – is the source of the virus.
Zucker’s anti-Trump steer on CNN was compounded by the network’s love of Democratic leaders like Andrew Cuomo, the brother of former host Chris Cuomo.
Andrew, then the Governor of New York, was regularly invited onto his brother’s show to talk about his response to the pandemic.
Zucker reportedly steering staff away from the story is the latest anecdote to come to light of Democrats and left-leaning institutions trying to discredit or downplay the theory before it was ever investigated.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology is now considered to be the source of the leak by both the FBI and the Dept. of Energy
Dr. Anthony Fauci commissioned a study that he then used to disprove the theory in 2020, bombshell new emails show.
Even Whoopi Goldberg and her View co-hosts agreed that the efforts to investigate the true origins of the virus were swayed by politics.
‘The politics got in the way of a lot of looking for the truth,’ Goldberg said on The View on Wednesday morning.
‘They still are not saying definitively and that’s a problem. They still don’t know for sure,’ she said on the show last week,.
President Biden is yet to respond to the revelations, or confirm how – or if – he’ll take action against China, which has repeatedly and furiously denied the leak.