The Scientific Community has become a Research Cartel. The covid19 natural origins declaration and uncritical media proves this.
Breaking Story : Wuhan lab staff sought hospital care before COVID-19 outbreak disclosed – citing a U.S. intelligence report.
was previously undisclosed. current and former officials familiar with the intelligence expressed a range of views.. former government officials Mike Pompeo and President Trump were likely acting on that information when they doubled down on the lab leak hypothesis. But the decision on when to disclose that information was never theirs to make.
The ‘consensus’ that Covid-19 had an entirely natural origin was established by two op-eds in early 2020 – The Lancet in February and Nature Medicine in March. The Lancet op-ed stated, “We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that Covid-19 does not have a natural origin.”
Taiwan had officially notified the WHO of suspected human-to-human spread being reported on Dec 31, 2019. Taiwan saw it from online sources they monitored within China. The WHO ignored this.
This declaration of scientific consensus succeeded in winning media support and with it the court of public opinion. The so-called ‘fact checkers’ of PolitiFact used these op-eds to silence any discussion of the lab leak hypothesis. Labeling it a conspiracy theory enabled them to create a wedge between scientists who have differing views and the scientific community.
“Since corporate and government scientific organizations also control the funding of research, by denying funds for unorthodox work they function as research cartels as well as monopolies.” – Dr. Curry of Georgia Institute of Tech.
According to Nick, out of step virologists risk losing grants and quite possibly all future grants (because those panels advise the government grant distribution agency). The IPCC working with the government exemplifies a research cartel.
The fact that these op-eds successfully defined a ‘consensus’ for a year has more to do with Trump derangement syndrome and the desire not to appear Sinophobic. The media is the most to blame for no rigorous investigation..
The forced narrative of natural origins illustrates how social, political and career motivations lead to prematurely constructed scientific consensus. This should be alarming to anyone basing their political support on a candidate’s stance on climate change. The negative consequences of having a research cartel dictate official narratives cannot be stressed enough.