Many in the media rated statements from Trump (and others) that the coronavirus could have originated in a Chinese lab as “debunked conspiracy theories,” until reality kicked in and made it clear that might not be entirely false.
The Washington Post’s fact checker Glenn Kessler made note of this fresh reality this way:
The media called the ‘lab leak’ story a ‘conspiracy theory.’ Now it’s prompted corrections — and serious new reporting. https://t.co/iqFXpDs6Yg
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) June 10, 2021
“The media” being people like fact-checkers at the Washington Post.
The “serious new reporting” from the media needs to be compared to their serious old reporting about the same topic:
— Kaitain 🇺🇸 (@Kaitain_US) June 10, 2021
Note the sleight of hand here. Only the reporting now is “serious” by reporters who dismissed the theory to spite the orange man, not all the great reporting that happened originally that turned out to be right. The media are filled with egomaniacs. https://t.co/t8i5t1xR47
— Bonchie (@bonchieredstate) June 10, 2021
“Serious new reporting” is a fun way to say the “fact-checkers” jumped the gun just because the claim in question came from the mean tweets president.
“Serious” now. Now that the election is over and you installed your Depends-wearing, tapioca-eating Democrat “president”.
You’ve blown your credibility. Just forget it.
— Okay. (@corrcomm) June 10, 2021
You seem like a different fact checker depending on who is president. https://t.co/Rg335Rw5vJ
— Horse (@RealHorse88) June 10, 2021
Weird how that seems to work, right?
Just admit you all buried that because you thought Orange Man was bad. https://t.co/Mm4iqQBSKh
— Burnout the Good (@burnout1850) June 10, 2021
For the record YOU said it was false multiple times and you still have it described that way in your Trump database.
Will you correct it or stealth edit it like you usually do? https://t.co/UrlkTfg7tt
— PolitiFact Bias (@PolitiFactBias) June 10, 2021
Makes you wonder how often the media was wrong when they used words like “baseless”, or “debunked”. https://t.co/8wkoThQQPG
— Seeking Truth (@Opined_Mind) June 10, 2021
Corrections != stealth edits. There seems to be a refusal of admitting fault.
— DitchDoctor (@DitchDoctor6) June 10, 2021
Don’t separate yourself from the media. YOU called it a conspiracy theory.
— ‘Dipo (@Ayomitidipo) June 10, 2021
The “fact-checkers” who called it a debunked conspiracy theory hope nobody remembers that fact.