The Official Covid19/Coronavirus Laboratory Leak Theory,Investigation and Everything Related Thread

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This is were it all started.This is how it manifested.This is what caught the world's attention

Sen. Rand Paul: "Dr. Fauci, do you still support...NIH funding of the lab in Wuhan?" Dr. Anthony Fauci: "Senator Paul, with all due respect, you are entirely and completely incorrect..."
 

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Anti-Vaccine Group Claims to Have 3,000 Pages of Fauci Emails, Gets Suspended by Twitter
James Crump 7 hrs ago
Twitter suspended the account of an anti-vaccination group on Thursday after it claimed to have obtained thousands of new emails written by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the president's chief medical adviser.
© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci talks to reporters in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on April 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Informed Consent Action Network announced on Thursday that it had obtained 3,000 of Fauci's emails and was readying them for publication.
The social media giant temporarily locked the Informed Consent Action Network's account and said it was spreading "misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19," according to a screenshot of the notice posted on Twitter by conservative journalist Michelle Malkin.


The suspension came after ICAN tweeted that it would be publishing 3,000 pages of Fauci's emails obtained via the Freedom of Information Act. The messages would provide "further insight into Anthony Fauci's actions on COVID, vaccine safety and more," ICAN wrote in the now-deleted post.

The claim follows the release on Tuesday of hundreds of pages of messages sent to and by Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. These emails, written in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, were published by BuzzFeed and The Washington Post.

Asked by Newsweek why he believes Twitter has suspended ICAN, Del Bigtree, the group's founder and CEO, said: "One can only assume that Twitter is concerned that [Fauci's] own emails will undermine the narrative that Twitter has been attempting to propagate about the COVID pandemic and COVID vaccine."
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Twitter suspended the account of an anti-vaccination group on Thursday after it claimed to have obtained thousands of new emails written by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the president's chief medical adviser.

© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci talks to reporters in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on April 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Informed Consent Action Network announced on Thursday that it had obtained 3,000 of Fauci's emails and was readying them for publication.
The social media giant temporarily locked the Informed Consent Action Network's account and said it was spreading "misleading and potentially harmful information related to COVID-19," according to a screenshot of the notice posted on Twitter by conservative journalist Michelle Malkin.


The suspension came after ICAN tweeted that it would be publishing 3,000 pages of Fauci's emails obtained via the Freedom of Information Act. The messages would provide "further insight into Anthony Fauci's actions on COVID, vaccine safety and more," ICAN wrote in the now-deleted post.

The claim follows the release on Tuesday of hundreds of pages of messages sent to and by Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. These emails, written in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, were published by BuzzFeed and The Washington Post.

Asked by Newsweek why he believes Twitter has suspended ICAN, Del Bigtree, the group's founder and CEO, said: "One can only assume that Twitter is concerned that [Fauci's] own emails will undermine the narrative that Twitter has been attempting to propagate about the COVID pandemic and COVID vaccine."

My friends at @ICANdecide were suspended by Twitter today for reporting that they have 3,000 additional pages of Fauci's emails they obtained thru FOIA! They'll be posting at https://t.co/2FAmuN6pfZ tonight. Spread the word & help crowdsource review of the emails! pic.twitter.com/BMoNMjMNUv
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) June 3, 2021​
Official link:https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/anti-vaccine-group-claims-to-have-3000-pages-of-fauci-emails-gets-suspended-by-twitter/ar-AAKIfNd
 

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Disclaimer:I have a lot of catching up to do.i have to get caught up.Because im behind on this.And please trust i have a lot to post in regards to this.But none the less i said i was gonna do it.So here we go
 

Darrkman

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OP is a faggot that only post Covid conspiracy theories.

Hey bitch boy......we all know you're a white boy or another account of one of our resident trolls.
 

zod16

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OP is a faggot that only post Covid conspiracy theories.

Hey bitch boy......we all know you're a white boy or another account of one of our resident trolls.
It is definitely an Eastern European cac. It speaks broken British English and always posts from UK tabloids and shit. It only stopped because I called it out on that bullshit. He had a thread talking about the dangers of the covid "jab" because he didn't know that isn't a phrase we use here. :smh: :lol:
 

Jes McKenzie

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It is definitely an Eastern European cac. It speaks broken British English and always posts from UK tabloids and shit. It only stopped because I called it out on that bullshit. He had a thread talking about the dangers of the covid "jab" because he didn't know that isn't a phrase we use here. :smh: :lol:
Yeah right.:rolleyes:
 

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Jes McKenzie

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This wasn't you ?


Stupid fucking cac...
Where is the UK Tabloid i posted.?Again yeah right.:rolleyes:
 

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Fauci claims US gave $600,000 to Wuhan lab research; documents show it was more


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Caitlin McFall
Fri, June 4, 2021, 5:39 PM·2 min read
n a Senate hearing late last month, top doctor Anthony Fauci told lawmakers the U.S. granted $600,000 in funding to the Wuhan Institute of Virology over a five-year period, but documents provided by the Department of Health and Human Services Friday show the actual number was a third higher.

Reports obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by Judicial Watch, found that between 2014 and 2019 $826,277 was provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) under the directive of Fauci to the China-based lab.

Under tough questioning by Republicans on the Hill in late May, the infectious disease specialist said the National Institutes of Health – which encompasses the NIAID -- provided $600,000 to the Wuhan lab for the study of coronavirus in bats.

Spending outlined in the documents shows that funds were provided over a six-year period for "Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence" by the NIAID through the non-profit EcoHealth Alliance.

Emails obtained through the FOIA show top NIAID officials Dr. Emily Erbelding, Dr. Cristina Cassetti, and Principal Deputy Director Hugh Auchincloss communicated in April 2020 about a new round of funding for the Wuhan-based lab that started in 2019 and would continue for a six-year period.

The grant was again provided by Peter Daszak, president of the New York City-based EcoHealth Alliance, in the amount of $750,000 -- $76,301 had been paid in 2019.

"This is higher but not extraordinarily higher than I originally indicated," Auchincloss said in an April 13, 2020 email to Fauci.


Caitlin McFall
Fri, June 4, 2021, 5:39 PM·2 min read





In a Senate hearing late last month, top doctor Anthony Fauci told lawmakers the U.S. granted $600,000 in funding to the Wuhan Institute of Virology over a five-year period, but documents provided by the Department of Health and Human Services Friday show the actual number was a third higher.
Reports obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by Judicial Watch, found that between 2014 and 2019 $826,277 was provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) under the directive of Fauci to the China-based lab.
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Under tough questioning by Republicans on the Hill in late May, the infectious disease specialist said the National Institutes of Health – which encompasses the NIAID -- provided $600,000 to the Wuhan lab for the study of coronavirus in bats.
Spending outlined in the documents shows that funds were provided over a six-year period for "Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence" by the NIAID through the non-profit EcoHealth Alliance.
Emails obtained through the FOIA show top NIAID officials Dr. Emily Erbelding, Dr. Cristina Cassetti, and Principal Deputy Director Hugh Auchincloss communicated in April 2020 about a new round of funding for the Wuhan-based lab that started in 2019 and would continue for a six-year period.
The grant was again provided by Peter Daszak, president of the New York City-based EcoHealth Alliance, in the amount of $750,000 -- $76,301 had been paid in 2019.
"This is higher but not extraordinarily higher than I originally indicated," Auchincloss said in an April 13, 2020 email to Fauci.
STATE DEPARTMENT LEADERS WERE WARNED NOT TO PURSUE COVID ORIGIN INVESTIGATION: FORMER OFFICIALS
The communication regarding the EcoHealth Alliance funding indicates that the top disease specialist was aware of the grants provided to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
An email two days later marked "high" importance from the Principal Deputy Director of NIH Lawrence Tabak to Fauci, along with other NIH officials, warned that Republicans on the Hill were angry about taxpayer dollars being used to fund research at the Wuahn lab.
The email was given the subject line, "HEADS UP: Wuhan lab research."
Many congressional Republicans believe the virus was leaked from the lab in China and resulted in a global pandemic – a theory recently bolstered by President Biden’s sanctioned investigation into the origins of the virus.

Fox News could not reach Fauci for clarification on why the funding for the Wuhan Institute of Virology appears to be higher than he previously stated.
Fauci has faced demands from conservatives to be fired from his top post as chief medical advisor to the president over allegations he has flip-flopped on his policies regarding the deadly virus.

 

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I am surprised CNN showed this. When the pandemic started whistle blowers were silenced. Even on social media. The pandemic started out as a crime scene.
 

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By ANDREW C. MCCARTHY
The Lab-Leak Theory: Evidence Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
Experts from China and the World Health Organization joint team visit Wuhan Tongji Hospital in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, February 23, 2020. (China Daily via Reuters)
Every good prosecutor will tell you that the best case is a strong circumstantial case — and that’s exactly what we have.
‘Of course, it’s only circumstantial evidence. We may never know the truth.”
If I’ve heard this once, over more decades than I care to admit, I’ve heard it a thousand times. It is the rote dismissal of circumstantially based cases, and it is almost always wrong.
We can no longer afford to be wrong when it comes to the origin — the generation by regime-controlled Chinese scientists, almost certainly by accident — of a pandemic that has caused nearly 4 million deaths globally (now closing in on 600,000 in the U.S.), in addition to geometrically more instances of serious illness, trillions of …

 

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China had a lab accident....they will never and can never acknowledge it. The world can't do anything about it either. The people
in China that know the truth have been silenced.....
 

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Condoleezza Rice says dismissal of lab leak theory was a "mistake"
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Washington — Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice suggested public health officials in the United States made a "mistake" in the early weeks of the pandemic by dismissing the possibility that the coronavirus accidentally leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan, China.
There was too much of a tendency early on to dismiss this possibility of a laboratory leak, and I think there was a lot, and I think the press bears some responsibility for this," Rice said in an interview with "Face the Nation" that aired Sunday. "'Well, it had to be animal-to-human transmission.' These were conspiracy theories about a laboratory leak. And in fact, some of the evidence was right in front of our faces."

Rice, who was national security adviser to President George W. Bush during the SARS outbreak in 2003, said there were concerns about the laboratory in Wuhan, where the first cases of the coronavirus were reported, and its "substandard" safety practices, as well as intelligence that some patients presented with "suspicious symptoms" in November 2019.

"Maybe that was the time to start asking tough questions," she said.


President Biden last month ordered the intelligence community to "redouble" its efforts to investigate the origins of COVID-19 after The Wall Street Journal reported three researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology sought hospital treatment in November 2019 after becoming sick, one month before China reported the first cluster of coronavirus cases. The president gave the intelligence community 90 days to examine the possible origins of the pandemic, including specific questions for China.

Rice said that at the start of the pandemic, the U.S. "perhaps didn't say enough" about the issues with the World Health Organization leading the investigation into COVID-19's origins and "allowing the Chinese to control the territory." The U.S., she continued, encountered similar challenges with China during the SARS outbreak.

"We knew something was happening. We couldn't get answers from the Chinese. And so if we're not going to keep repeating this problem — and this one had much more devastating consequences — then we're going to have to be a little bit more aggressive with the Chinese about the need to cooperate," Rice said. "But I think we made a mistake earlier on. Many, many people, many officials dismissed this possibility."

Rice also defended former President Donald Trump's decision to bar entry into the U.S. by foreign nationals traveling from China and impose other travel restrictions to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, which he was criticized for at the time.

"Turns out they were incredibly appropriate," she said. "Maybe there was a little bit too much of trusting of the Chinese. I'm going to give people a break, too, during this time. When you're in the middle of one of these unfolding crises, you don't really know what's going on. But I would, given what we experienced with SARS and oh, by the way, with avian flu as well in the early 2000s, I don't think it was worth trusting that the Chinese were being transparent about what was going on there."

In addition to discussing the COVID-19 pandemic, Rice also spoke about January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol and the need for an independent commission to investigate the attack. While the House passed with bipartisan support a bill creating a commission to examine the events of January 6, Senate Republicans blocked the measure in the upper chamber.

Rice called the riots by a mob of Mr. Trump's supporters on January 6 a "terrible stain on our democracy" but said the nation's systems held that day, as Congress and Vice President Mike Pence returned to finish counting the electoral votes and reaffirm Mr. Biden's victory.

"We have a really terrific system. It was tested on that day. We need to understand what happened with security. We need to understand the nature of that test," she said.

Rice said the nation has a history of turning to its "elders" to conduct examinations of events, as the 9/11 Commission and Iraq Study Group did, but said the issue today is a lack of trust in Washington to ensure an investigation is done in a trustworthy manner.

"There just isn't enough trust in the Congress right now because we have constant discussions about, how am I going to simply push you aside and do what I want to do?" she said. "So let's just recognize that we are not in 2004 when the 9/11 Commission was constituted and worked, and try to find a way to get to a set of answers about what happened on January 6. I would prefer that this were not the case … but maybe we have to think about ways to do this outside of our electoral bodies."

 

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Bombshell genetic evidence may PROVE Covid was engineered to be hyper-infectious before Wuhan lab leak, experts claim.ill be back with the link as soon as this story develops.
 

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Shareholder Group Demands Media Outlets Explain Why They Dismissed Wuhan Lab-Leak Theory
Paul Bond 20 hrs ago
Now that it's safe for the mainstream media to report the possibility that the coronavirus was leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China, a conservative shareholder group is demanding to know why the CEOs of the parent companies of CNN, MSNBC and other major media outlets allowed their journalists to dismiss the notion as a debunked conspiracy theory for about 18 months.
The group, dubbed the Free Enterprise Project (FEP) and headed by Scott Shepard, is having spotty success at best. On Thursday, for example, Shepard told David Zaslav, the CEO of Discovery, which is merging with WarnerMedia (parent of CNN) that he thinks "it has become clear that the theory that COVID-19 had escaped from a Wuhan virology lab was never a conspiracy theory and is the likeliest explanation—rendering both false and venal CNN claims that those who suggested the possibility, including Sen. Tom Cotton and other respected officials, were liars, buffoons and racists."


Zaslav, through an intermediary, declined to respond to Shepard's question, citing the fact that Discovery does not yet control CNN—though Zaslav has spoken about CNN on previous occasions. Speaking to the press on May 17, for example, he said that he plans for CNN to "be the world leader in news."

Thursday's exchange took place digitally via the Discovery shareholders meeting, where a moderator acknowledged there were multiple questions about "journalistic standards" but declined to read them aloud.

"Zaslav's evasion was absurd," Shepard to told Newsweek. "He'd already discussed CNN and the value it will bring to the new entity. But that value depends on CNN being run with proper oversight and high standards. Today suggests that Discovery will provide neither."

WarnerMedia, now a unit of AT&T, said last month it would merge with Discovery to form Warner Bros. Discovery, which will be run by Zaslav as the combined company's CEO while Jeff Zucker, the president of CNN, is poised to either depart or assume a larger role after the deal closes.

Thursday's question from Shepard aimed at Zaslav followed a similar one on June 2 at a Comcast shareholder meeting when he began his question to CEO Brian Roberts with: "Comcast's news media holdings make a regular habit of labeling as 'conspiracy theory' or 'fake news' things that later turn out to be true," then listing a few items that he claimed supported this, including the Wuhan lab–leak hypothesis along with the alleged Hunter Biden laptop scandal.

Roberts defended his journalists without mentioning any of Shepard's specific examples.

"We are very proud of NBC News and they are committed to producing the highest quality of journalism across our platforms. Same goes for Sky News and, if they believe they have done something wrong, they usually talk about that," Roberts responded.

"I have always honored the pledge that we made when we bought NBC Universal and our agreement with the FCC that we would not interfere in the news operations and we took a similar pledge when we bought Sky News," he said.

"So, you are certainly entitled to your views and we appreciate you sharing them but I continue to believe that NBC News does a wonderful service and we have a hardworking team of journalists throughout the world doing their best to confidently keep the society informed," said Roberts.

Shepard wasn't allowed a follow-up question, but he told Newsweek that "Roberts explicitly stated that Comcast does not supervise its news properties, including NBC and MSNBC. But given the appalling track record of error and of failure to achieve even the most basic standards of journalistic integrity at those outlets, this amounts to an admission that Comcast has abandoned its fiduciary duty to its shareholders."


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Comcast declined to comment.

In 2007, the conservative nonprofit think tank National Center for Public Policy Research launched the FEP, which buys a small amount of stock in companies in order to gain access to shareholder meetings. In the past, Shepard would step up to the microphone to ask his lengthy, prewritten questions, though in a Zoom/digital environment his typed questions are usually whittled down by an executive and stripped of specifics before it is put to the CEO, which Shepard says is problematic.

Such was the case with AT&T, which remains the parent of CNN until WarnerMedia closes its merger with Discovery. On April 30, Shepard wrote AT&T CEO John Stankey about what he called presumed bias at CNN, specifically claiming the network "pushed false narratives about Russians offering bounties for the deaths of American soldiers" and "about the cause of death of U.S. Capitol policeman Brian Sicknick." Shepard also accused CNN of falsifying and hyping COVID-19 news "to defeat Donald Trump and stir up racial division."

But AT&T paraphrased Shepard's question noting that it was similar to ones posed by additional shareholders, so the question Stankey was verbally asked by a moderator was boiled down to: "We've received a few questions regarding our ownership of CNN. Some stockholders feel that owning a cable news channel can be divisive because not everyone agrees with the viewpoints expressed on air."

Stankey responded by noting that CNN has won more Emmys in the past five years than in the previous 35, and that it has editorial independence from AT&T. "We believe in free speech, free press, your freedom of beliefs, and we actually think those things are incredibly important," he said, adding that CNN is "expected to stand up to rigorous journalistic standards for accurate, truthful reporting, and we continue to ensure that that's the case."

"AT&T rephrased our question as if we asked generically about bias," Shepard told Newsweek. "The lockdown and virtual meetings have been an excuse to rephrase difficult questions. With Netflix, for example, they didn't even take our question."

Shepard joked that "sometimes a company will rephrase a question to something like, 'You've been awesome; how can you be even more awesome?' But they'll keep a nugget of the actual question we ask."

He said Twitter is a particularly egregious example, as he typed a question several hundred words long about the social media giant's suspension of conservative independent journalist James O'Keefe [Note: Twitter says O'Keefe was banned for violating its "platform manipulation and spam policy."], while allowing users to tweet their alleged celebrations of deadly attacks against Israel; allowing LeBron James to allegedly "threaten" a police officer (the NBA star later removed the tweet); and allowing users to describe an alleged Syrian Muslim shooter in Colorado as a "white Christian terrorist."

But Twitter moderators condensed the question to: "Why do you continue to censor only the conservative side?" prompting Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to respond: "We have no bias in any of our policies, in our enforcement, in our machine-learning algorithms. If we ever find anything even hinting at that, we look at it immediately and rectify it. If we make any mistakes along the way, we admit to them and correct them."

For Thursday's meeting with Discovery shareholders, Shepard didn't only ask about the Wuhan lab, he also asked about CNN treating the Hunter Biden alleged laptop fiasco as fake news and Trump's alleged collusion with Russia as fact. And he asked the CEO to explain why anchor Chris Cuomo was allowed to allegedly "collude" with his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, when it came to reporting the latter's handling of COVID-19.

"How, specifically, do you intend to act to keep CNN's failures of journalistic standards and ethics from destroying Discovery's reputation and market standing?" he asked the Discovery CEO, who declined to answer any questions about CNN.

Using similar language to that he used Thursday at the Discovery shareholders meeting, Shepard asked the CEO of Comcast to apologize to Sen. Cotton and other Republicans for calling them "liars, buffoons and racists" for advancing the notion that coronavirus was leaked from a virology lab in Wuhan, but Roberts didn't respond directly to the challenge.

Also, Shepard asked the CEO of AT&T if he'd consider changing CNN's "designation from news network to hard-left opinion megaphone," though Stankey didn't respond and CNN declined to clarify whether Stankey was even aware of the written question that was verbally altered by a moderator during the shareholder meeting.

Newsweek covered the Wuhan lab theory in April 2020 in the article, "The Controversial Experiments and Wuhan Lab Suspected of Starting the Coronavirus Pandemic."
Comcast declined to comment.

In 2007, the conservative nonprofit think tank National Center for Public Policy Research launched the FEP, which buys a small amount of stock in companies in order to gain access to shareholder meetings. In the past, Shepard would step up to the microphone to ask his lengthy, prewritten questions, though in a Zoom/digital environment his typed questions are usually whittled down by an executive and stripped of specifics before it is put to the CEO, which Shepard says is problematic.

Such was the case with AT&T, which remains the parent of CNN until WarnerMedia closes its merger with Discovery. On April 30, Shepard wrote AT&T CEO John Stankey about what he called presumed bias at CNN, specifically claiming the network "pushed false narratives about Russians offering bounties for the deaths of American soldiers" and "about the cause of death of U.S. Capitol policeman Brian Sicknick." Shepard also accused CNN of falsifying and hyping COVID-19 news "to defeat Donald Trump and stir up racial division."

But AT&T paraphrased Shepard's question noting that it was similar to ones posed by additional shareholders, so the question Stankey was verbally asked by a moderator was boiled down to: "We've received a few questions regarding our ownership of CNN. Some stockholders feel that owning a cable news channel can be divisive because not everyone agrees with the viewpoints expressed on air."

Stankey responded by noting that CNN has won more Emmys in the past five years than in the previous 35, and that it has editorial independence from AT&T. "We believe in free speech, free press, your freedom of beliefs, and we actually think those things are incredibly important," he said, adding that CNN is "expected to stand up to rigorous journalistic standards for accurate, truthful reporting, and we continue to ensure that that's the case."

"AT&T rephrased our question as if we asked generically about bias," Shepard told Newsweek. "The lockdown and virtual meetings have been an excuse to rephrase difficult questions. With Netflix, for example, they didn't even take our question."

Shepard joked that "sometimes a company will rephrase a question to something like, 'You've been awesome; how can you be even more awesome?' But they'll keep a nugget of the actual question we ask."

He said Twitter is a particularly egregious example, as he typed a question several hundred words long about the social media giant's suspension of conservative independent journalist James O'Keefe [Note: Twitter says O'Keefe was banned for violating its "platform manipulation and spam policy."], while allowing users to tweet their alleged celebrations of deadly attacks against Israel; allowing LeBron James to allegedly "threaten" a police officer (the NBA star later removed the tweet); and allowing users to describe an alleged Syrian Muslim shooter in Colorado as a "white Christian terrorist."

But Twitter moderators condensed the question to: "Why do you continue to censor only the conservative side?" prompting Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to respond: "We have no bias in any of our policies, in our enforcement, in our machine-learning algorithms. If we ever find anything even hinting at that, we look at it immediately and rectify it. If we make any mistakes along the way, we admit to them and correct them."

For Thursday's meeting with Discovery shareholders, Shepard didn't only ask about the Wuhan lab, he also asked about CNN treating the Hunter Biden alleged laptop fiasco as fake news and Trump's alleged collusion with Russia as fact. And he asked the CEO to explain why anchor Chris Cuomo was allowed to allegedly "collude" with his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, when it came to reporting the latter's handling of COVID-19.

"How, specifically, do you intend to act to keep CNN's failures of journalistic standards and ethics from destroying Discovery's reputation and market standing?" he asked the Discovery CEO, who declined to answer any questions about CNN.

Using similar language to that he used Thursday at the Discovery shareholders meeting, Shepard asked the CEO of Comcast to apologize to Sen. Cotton and other Republicans for calling them "liars, buffoons and racists" for advancing the notion that coronavirus was leaked from a virology lab in Wuhan, but Roberts didn't respond directly to the challenge.

Also, Shepard asked the CEO of AT&T if he'd consider changing CNN's "designation from news network to hard-left opinion megaphone," though Stankey didn't respond and CNN declined to clarify whether Stankey was even aware of the written question that was verbally altered by a moderator during the shareholder meeting.

Newsweek covered the Wuhan lab theory in April 2020 in the article, "The Controversial Experiments and Wuhan Lab Suspected of Starting the Coronavirus Pandemic."

 
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