Morning Jolt: Powerful Americans Were Catastrophically Wrong about China

On the menu today: why so many Americans have a hard time talking about China in an honest and direct manner; why it's extremely unlikely that the bad cold or flu that you had early in winter was the coronavirus; and why some high-ranking U.S. government officials have grown skeptical of the lab-accident theory.

Vox Finally Asks a Hard Question . . . about Its Own Coverage

You have to give Vox a few molecules of credit for recognizing that while they rage against disinformation, some of their earliest pieces about COVID-19 included information that just wasn't accurate — in part because it was coming from well-credentialed experts who flat-out misjudged the danger from the virus.

While President Trump has been correctly pilloried for describing the coronavirus as less dangerous than the flu, that message was commonplace in mainstream media outlets throughout February. And journalists — including my colleagues at Vox — were dutifully repeating ...

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Powerful Americans Were Catastrophically Wrong about China

On the menu today: why so many Americans have a hard time talking about China in an honest and direct manner; why it's extremely unlikely that the bad cold or flu that you had early in winter was the coronavirus; and why some high-ranking U.S. government officials have grown skeptical of the lab-accident theory.

Vox Finally Asks a Hard Question . . . about Its Own Coverage

You have to give Vox a few molecules of credit for recognizing that while they rage against disinformation, some of their earliest pieces about COVID-19 included information that just wasn't accurate — in part because it was coming from well-credentialed experts who flat-out misjudged the danger from the virus.

While President Trump has been correctly pilloried for describing the coronavirus as less dangerous than the flu, that message was commonplace in mainstream media outlets throughout February. And journalists — including my colleagues at Vox — were dutifully repeating ...   READ MORE

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