A Tale of Two Op-Eds: The New York Times Finally Faces COVID Truths


by Jeff Childers

Last Sunday, the New York Times juxtaposed two remarkable op-eds on the same page, not accidentally, which were so astonishing it’s worth showing the actual pages from the print edition. The opinion pieces were respectively headlined, “Why Covid Probably Started in a Lab,” and “An Object Lesson on How to Destroy Public Trust.” Indeed.

That wasn’t all! The two op-eds featured their own full-length cover page:

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Here’s that centered, supremely ironic headline, but a little bigger so you can read it clearly:

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At first, I thought they must be joking. Can we finally have an honest conversation about covid?  First of all, who has been stopping that honest conversation from happening? The New York Times, among others! And second, the headline clearly implies the previous conversations weren’t honest.

Who has been lying? I’ll let you answer that one.

The first author attempted to answer those questions. Dr. Alina Chan, a molecular biologist at M.I.T. and Harvard, and co-author of “Viral: The Search for the Origin of Covid-19,” blamed all the confusion on reflexive partisan politics:

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Next, the Times’ mind-controlled readers finally read what we’ve been trying desperately to tell them for almost four years—science created this historic catastrophe:

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Folks, it’s slow, but we are making progress. I could quibble about the specifics, and the narrative framing, but it was all there in the op-ed. Though Dr. Chan was careful to point the finger of blame back at the Chinese, Dr. Ralph Baric, the North Carolina researcher squatting at the middle of the controversy, was named five times. He was not blamed so much as used as undisclosed evidence of lab origin:

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Though China took center stage, the piece didn’t quite let the U.S. completely off the hook either. Dr. Chan clearly connected U.S. funding and research priorities to the pandemic, and even (gently) called out the NIAID’s top human cockroach and beagle torturer, Fauci:

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Remarkably, there was more in Dr. Chan’s piece that I agreed with than disagreed with (though she could have gone much further).

The connected companion op-ed about lost trust in science was authored by Princeton professor and regular Times opinion columnist Zeynep Tufekci. It was equally honest — at least, as honest as we’ve yet seen in corporate media to date. Tufecki first blamed government officials as the ones who created the covid confusion, and she didn’t accept it was any accident:

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Times readers may have ignored last week’s Congressional hearings, but now they’re reading about the low-lights. Things are heating up. Professor Tufekci outright rejected the pathetic official excuse that we didn’t know what we didn’t know, but did the best we could at the time. She called government officials (i.e., Fauci) arrogant and obstinate cowards:

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Tufecki is no conspiracy-minded conservative. The Professor is an ardent pro-masker, a voluntary quarantiner, and a vaccine aficionado, admitting she “gleefully rolled up” her sleeve to get the shots. Gleefully.

So it was all the more remarkable that she echoed Coffee & Covid, decrying the pandemic’s “paternalistic, infantilizing government messaging” and calling, in her own way, for truth, transparency, and trust:

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The 1,600 comments to Dr. Tufecki’s op-ed give great insight into the average Times reader’s stubborn mentality. Most commenters completely missed the point, making the elitist argument that, notwithstanding bad public messaging, they themselves always knew what was really going on, thanks to “serious” media like the Times.

Insert massive eye roll.

Here’s a typical example, a short exchange in the comments between an outraged commenter and the feisty Professor, who shot right back, comparing Atutu to an anti-vaxxer:

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Professor Tupekci’s op-ed caused many commenters to bristle with barely concealed rage. They doggedly insisted that calling out the pandemic’s mistakes was unfair armchair quarterbacking, and was downright harmful to the narrative. Here’s one commenter, Elizabeth:

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I included this taste of the comments because they highlighted the real problem, which is the zany zeitgeist or demonic spirit of the age. The fundamental trouble comes from the big group of folks who still believe, ipso facto, that government cannot ever err.

It is tempting to blame partisan politics, as Dr. Chan did. After all, it’s mostly leftists who’ve defensively circled the wagons around lying government officials. But politics is downstream from culture.  What about personal health decisions could possibly be political?

In fact, before the pandemic, it was the left-leaning, crunchy granola folks who were always most likely to favor alternative medicines and employee rights. But the pandemic’s wrecking ball knocked normal politics askew, and now it’s all backwards and upside down.

If politics is downstream from culture, then to fix politics, we must first fix the culture. Even if fixing culture is vexingly difficult, the phenomenon is well known. In 1841, in his seminal book “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds,” Charles Mackay famously noted, “Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, one by one.”

If covid isn’t an extraordinary popular delusion, then I am a spicy pepperoni Hot Pocket. For whatever reason, good or bad, limited hangout or genuine contrition, the New York Times seems to be slowly recovering its senses. And I’m counting that as progress.

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How many times I was suspended on FB and Twitter for asserting it was a lab leak. This from February of 2020

Being the cynic I am, I cannot shake the feeling that this is an escaped virus from the Wuhan lab.

Is Corona an escaped lab virus? – Flopping Aces

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I have a worse feelings, it was not leaked, it was released.
The American Taxpayer funded the research.
The cheap and effective remedies were demonized.
The hospital protocol was murder.
But just my opinion based on rabbitholes more than a few dared to explore.
Now later off to the hospital to spend time with the wife of a dear friend, sweeties hunting buddy since Jr. High, that is in an induced coma with body chill, he has died twice so far, no previous indications of heart issues. Just slumped over in his recliner while watching TV, believed in the bio-weapon.
If you have time send a prayer or good thoughts for the nicest asshole you could ever meet.

Good luck and God Bless.

But just my opinion based on rabbitholes more than a few dared to explore.

Such a brave, brave conspiracy theorist!

Now when it comes to the CDC, FDA, NIH and NIAID, I share this belief from the X Files


The leftist Ministry of Propaganda has often come forth with the truth and refuted their former DNC-aligned narratives, but it is always well after the desired effects of their propaganda have been reached. Russian collusion? Yeah, it was all one of Hillary’s tall tales… 4 years later. Hunter’s laptop? Russian disinformation? Well…. no. It was real… after Robin Ware/Robert L. Peters/JRB Ware/Pedo Peter/idiot Biden has been safely ensconced in the White House. COVID just happened to have come from the same city that a viral experimentation and development lab happens to be? Well… OK. The obvious was, apparently, true after all… long after Lord Fauci has left government service. Yeah, that kind of dings their credibility, when they are repeatedly caught lying, and lying for a specific political party.
And, the US should NOT be off the hook. “WE” financed the research, even after it was mandated to stop. “WE” had people in place that created illegal work-arounds to a ban on funding gain of function viruses. But, “WE” demand those responsible are held fully accountable, and that includes China, everyone that broke laws and those who lied in the service of the left, and effective steps taken to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Otherwise, “WE” are cleared and it all falls upon “the left”.

The emails, secret, private, attempted to be out of FOIA reach, tell the true tale. Fauci may have successfully destroyed all HIS emails, but where are his emails chastising Moren, his AIDE, for his intentions and attempts to lie and hide the truth? Did he destroy those, too, or did they simply never exist?

Remember when the left distrusted the government? Now they believe everything the government tells them, no matter how many lies they catch them in. The PURPOSE of “20/20 hindsight” is to create best practices; find the errors and correct them. The left is too afraid to admit a mistake or that they’ve been played for fools, so they deny any errors, honest or malevolent. Is the government their god? Can they not accept it is run by humans that are fallible? No… I suppose not.

Recall that any of Trump’s “mistakes” were upon the recommendations of the geniuses like Fauci. Trump didn’t run amuck with the mandates, he “followed the science” until it was all too obvious the “science” was voodoo and was destroying the nation.

Your cult leader is an effin’ idiot. But I’m sure he’d be up to handling a bird flu epidemic.

Recall that any of Trump’s “mistakes” were upon the recommendations of the geniuses…

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Trump promotes options, innovation. You leftists just wanted people to die. When HCQ and ivermectin was introduced as treatment, you banned it because you didn’t want people to get out from under government control. Nothing Trump says is foolish or impossible; it simply wasn’t common practice…. yet.

It was the stupid, narrow-minded, short-sighted leftist liars that turned cutting edge suggestions into “injecting Lysol”. This is because the left cannot think.

When you believe one man…

SHOCK POLL: Reality Bites! – 84% of Americans Believe They Will Be Worse Off Under a Second Joe Biden Term

Maybe you should take a close look at what question 38 responses actually say. Do some simple arithmetic. MORE THAN HALF of the respondents expect their financial situation during a Biden 2nd term would be the same or better.

Gateway Pundit provides no link to the poll or National Pulse article. They don’t want you read the question or do any simple arithmetic.

Note how National Pulse consistently compares apples to oranges: “Among likely voters for Biden” vs. “Among likely voters for Trump”. The differing sample group sizes renders any direct comparison of percentages meaningless.

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Finish the thought, greg.
The same or better than it is NOW.
And now it is bad.
48% said they would be worse off if joe gets another term.
Worse off than NOW when they are already worse off than they were under Trump before covid.

Now isn’t really all that bad. If Trump is reelected, now could quickly become the good old days.

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Robin Ware/Robert L. Peters/JRB Ware/Pedo Peter/idiot Biden’s economy is terrible, worst of all for the lower and middle class. If the fascists are allowed to continue destroying the economy with their green dream, it will only get worse.

Better than shitty? Wow, THAT’S encouraging.

That is the left’s creed, not Trump’s or his supporters.

How much more quickly could we have stopped killing people with hospital protocols and mRNA shots that are NOT vaccines if we had continued to allow open and free discourse?

But the worst thing about covid was the slander and power play to shut down dissent.

Even still the dems are trying to stifle dissent in this and other areas where they are disagreed with.

Agree, but better yet how about we use HCQ and or Ivermectin that were not a cure but effective at keeping people alive. Wait until the NYT has to run a story on all the cancers the mRNA “vaccines” have caused and will continue to cause. Just today I read the Australian senate is launching an investigation into why so may people are developing cancer that have been vaccinated? Just another conspiracy theory aye? Maybe next time they wont be so quick to tow their overlords line and investigate on their own. But then again they ARE the NYT’s!

They were trying too hard.
Bombarding television media with Pfizer commercials.
NY Mets giving free tickets to you if you got vaccinated.
Grocery stores offering 10%discount on your grocery bill if you get vaccinated.

Brutal propaganda campaign against the unvaccinated.
Mandating our workforce?
That was the sign for me that maybe things were being forced down our throats

Bird flu could decimate a population convinced that science and vaccines are the threat.

Are you that dumb or a shill?


Can you explain what’s dumb about it? News reports that you never read could tell you what isn’t.

LIES from your own source page, greg.

A man in Mexico died with one form of bird flu, but US officials remain focused on another

Mike Stobbe

By Mike Stobbe
Seems if you run a titre test for DNA/RNA over and over you can “find” bird flu in everyone.
This Mexican man had diabetes and died of kidney failure from untreated diabetes.
Even the Mexicans have debunked this story.
Way back when illegals used to come into the USA to work they would lie to get jobs.
Some who owned roosters for cock-fighting lied when asked if they had any contact with domestic birds before being hired to work on CA dairy farms.
They gave a bird flu to CAs dairy herds.
They cost CA alone over $1,000,000,000.

Today’s panic is just a weak repeat but with an added scare tactic that bird flu kills humans.
Hasn’t happened.

Now, Nan. Don’t dash Greg’s hopes. Without some kind of crisis to force everyone to submit to government suppression of civil rights, which more easily enables election fraud. Without a phony crisis, the amount of election fraud required would be too obvious, even for the Ministry of Propaganda to cover up. A bird flu epidemic might be all he has left.

Trump is suddenly promoting early voting, absentee voting, and voting by mail—all of which he previously damned as massive Democratic Party fraud mechanisms. No explanation has been given for his latest massive flip-flop.

That’s right. What’s wrong, afraid to lose your fraud advantage?

So everything Trump told you before was total bullshit? He can flip his story, and you don’t even notice?

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Ironic that you are so alarmed by your opponents doing the exact same thing your side does, when it is legal to do so.
You railed against allowing people who voted against lefty programs when they went ahead and took advantage of those programs once they became law.
You really like/love the idea of “two sets of laws,”one for libs and another for conservatives.

Everyone is subject to the same laws, but billionaires can afford more lawyers.

Inmate No. P01135809 for President. Where can I buy the tee shirt?

No one is panicking. The point is that anti-vaxxers have convinced millions that communicable diseases aren’t as much of a threat as the vaccines developed to control them. Anti-vaxxer conspiracy theories have been deliberately politicized and are promoted for political reasons. It’s a setup for disaster.

Bird flu has been on the CDC’s radar for decades because of the potential highly pathogenic mutations have for jumping species.

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Just because someone loses trust in a vaccine that fails to protect against its intended virus and causes serious health issues in some people doesn’t make them anti-vax. It makes them aware.

I knew someone who refused COVID vaccination, mail ordered Hydroxychloroquine when she got sick, and subsequently died of COVID after weeks on a ventilator. She should have taken the damn shot.

She won’t be voting for Donald Trump again.

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Vaccinated COVID Patients Died at Nearly Twice the Rate of Unvaccinated, Study Finds
A two-and-a-half-year peer-reviewed study by Ohio State University researchers found that among hospitalized COVID-19 patients, those who received mRNA COVID-19 vaccines had a significantly higher mortality rate than unvaccinated patients, even when accounting for age and comorbidities.

However, the mortality risk remained significantly higher (p=0.02) when we compared COVID-19 Vax vs. NVax patients with similar CCI score, suggesting that additional factors may increase risk of mortality. Higher levels of SARS-CoV-2 Abs were noted among survivors, suggestive of their protective role. We observed a trend for increased total IgG4 Ab, which promotes immune tolerance, in the Vax vs. NVax patients in week 3.

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Vaccinated COVID Patients Died at Nearly Twice the Rate of Unvaccinated, Study Finds


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The chairman of the board of the organization whose anti-vax article you’re citing is the notorious anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

So? Read the study its peer reviewed.
If the guy who reads the weather report says it raining but hardly ever right and I look outside and its raining, do I say it isnt raining cause that weather guy is never right?
Heres a fact check for you.

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No, you are supposed to say it isn’t raining because some propaganda somewhere tells you to.

Kennedy isn’t anti-vax. He is anti-mandated COVID vax.

I know NUMEROUS people who have gotten vaccinated, boosted and got COVID 2 and 3 times.

You knew no such person.

She (if she was real) made loads of mistakes.

Before not taking the jab she should have already been stocked up on both hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin.
As soon as she showed the slightest symptoms she should have begun her treatments with both of those things.

She waited until she was sick to even order hydroxychloroquine.
Too late.
Big mistake.

The hospital protocol was to put her on ventilator, withhold medication (except maybe Remdisavir) withhold liquids and foods and wait for death.
She joined many others murdered by this federally mandated hospital protocol.
I hope someone pays for all those unnecessary deaths.

Oh, and she was decapitated in an auto accident. We failed to mention that part. But she died of COVID because she didn’t take the super jab.

You are conflating anti-vaxxers of all vaccines with people who oppose mRNA so-called vaccines.
RFKjr is an anti-vaxxer. He’s a deeply liberal politician.
Most people who refused to take the covid jabs are simply anti-mRNA.
The globalists want to depopulate the planet as much as possible in any way that works, be it deadly mRNA jabs, convincing kids to mutilate their own genitals, scaring people with global warming, “peak oil,” etc.

The globalists want to depopulate the planet as much as possible in any way that works, be it deadly mRNA jabs, convincing kids to mutilate their own genitals, scaring people with global warming, “peak oil,” etc.

That is insane.

Mike look out the window …its raining.
Did you bother to watch the senate hearings?

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Mar 8, 2024 The CDC allegedly released 148 FOIA-requested pages related to myocarditis events following COVID-19 vaccination that were heavily redacted. Critics have accused the agency of a lack of transparency.
Seems being on the CDCs radar is about the same as terrorist watch list.
Aug 27, 2021About 45% of the FDA’s budget, or $2.7 billion, comes from industry user fees, according to a fact sheet released by the FDA in November 2020.
You can trust the employee of big pharma!
Bird flu rarely infects humans. Those people, dairy farm workers in Texas and Michigan, experienced eye irritation. One of them also had a cough and sore throat. So lets panic over pinkeye and a cough.
Testing every cow and destroying perhaps millions of healthy cows will negatively affect our food supply.

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Testing every cow and destroying perhaps millions of healthy cows will negatively affect our food supply.

Soros and the other elite reptilians are LITERALLY trying to starve everyone in America to death. Most people in the United States will be dead by November. STUDY IT OUT!!

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Milk cheese yogurt, and ice cream dairy cows are not used for meat. One sick cow the entire herd is destroyed, just like 1 sick chicken the entire flock is killed. There is a simple and proven way to cure bird flu in Chickens, it doesnt involve MRNA gene editing shots.
The left cant meme worth a damn.

Margaret Brennan ‘stunned’ by new CBS poll showing 62% of voters support Mass Deportation.

It would appear that 62% of this sample are not voting for joe

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Biden is ahead of Trump by one percentage point across all battleground states? I’m surprised you posted the video.

Last edited 4 days ago by Greg

Where’s that huge lead you keep talking about?

Greg you are asking yourself for proof of Bidens huge 1 point lead?

Biden will be serving his second term while Trump is serving his first.

Ok but why are you asking yourself for proof, dude you need alone time go to a biden rally.

Biden will be serving his second term while Trump is serving his first.

Still cheering on Robin Ware/Robert L. Peters/JRB Ware/Pedo Peter/idiot Biden’s fascist lawfare, I see. Still desperately grasping at straws.

THE PELOSI INSURRECTION: New Video Reveals Pelosi Taking Responsibility for Unprotected US Capitol on Jan. 6 – After She Called Off National Guard

She sounds like she’s trying to talk while eating a cabbage. Of course she is responsible. And a liar.

They know what’s coming, and this is simply Clintonian innoculation, so they can deny what monsters they were before.