NY Times columnist Ross Douthat has bluntly, even if unintentionally, identified the reactionary political interests that motivate and fuel the Wuhan Lab big lie (which he promotes). In a column titled, "Why the Lab Leak Theory Matters," Douthat writes: 1/
"First, to the extent that the US is engaged in a conflict of propaganda and soft power with the regime in Beijing, there's a pretty big difference between a world where the Chinese regime can say, We weren't responsible for Covid but we crushed the virus and the West did not, 2/
"because we're strong and they're decadent, and a world where this was basically their Chernobyl except their incompetence and cover-up sickened not just one of their own cities but also the entire globe." 3/
So, as Douthat acknowledges, the purpose of the Wuhan Lab Leak lie is to concoct a political narrative that leads people to believe that a Chinese "laboratory and a few scientists are responsible for one of the greatest human catastrophes in generations..." 4/4

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