CNN’s former president Jeff Zucker reportedly told staffers to bypass investigating the COVID origins lab leak theory, arguing it was just a “Trump talking point,” according to a CNN insider.
The insider told Fox Digital, “people are slowly waking up from the fog.”
“It is kind of crazy that we didn’t chase it harder.”
Zucker and the networks’ anti-Trump stance was almost immediate as soon as Trump became president.
The network pushed countless false accusations, misrepresented facts, and outright lies like the Russia collusion hoax for the four years Trump was in office.
But when the pandemic hit, the establishment media, health officials, and democrats grouped to dismiss any notion that the virus may have leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
Zucker, along with CNN officials, played key roles in trying to debunk such narratives about the pandemic.
CNN’s Oliver Darcy published a story on March 28, 2020, headlined “Here’s how to debunk coronavirus misinformation and conspiracy theories from friends and family,” a sorry attempt to give the network’s sinking viewership a jump start with a guideline on how to speak with family and friends who didn’t believe the COVID narrative.
“While the coronavirus pandemic has isolated family and friends inside their homes, it has in many cases increased online or over-the-phone communication with loved ones,” Darcy wrote. “But, in some cases, relatives and friends share poor information – whether it is bad science related to how to prevent the virus, debunked rumors about cities being put on lockdown, or conspiracy theories about the origins of Covid-19.”
According to Darcy, the so-called misinformation posed a risk to those who fell victim to it.
During a broadcast, CNN host Fareed Zakaria said, “the far right has now found its own virus conspiracy theory” when discussing the lab leak.
Independent journalist Tom Elliott posted a lengthy Twitter thread of clips from legacy media talking heads who dismissed the lab leak as a “conspiracy theory.”
Zucker resigned from his post in 2022 following an investigation into disgraced former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, which later revealed the former network president had an ongoing consensual relationship with marketing officer Allison Gollust.
The CNN insider that accused Zucker of ignoring the origins theory of COVID came weeks after the U.S. Department of Energy and the Federal Bureau of Investigation admitted it was likely the virus leaked from a Chinese lab.
The FBI also believes the pandemic originated from a Chinese lab leak.
The report added that the new conclusion was due to new intelligence “and is significant because the agency has considerable scientific expertise and oversees a network of U.S. national laboratories, some of which conduct advanced biological research.”
Subcommittee members from the U.S. House of Representatives investigating the federal government’s gain of function research released a memo Sunday claiming Dr. Anthony Fauci “prompted the drafting” of “Proximal Origins” to disprove the lab leak theory.