ABC Forced to Backpedal Support for Bogus WHO Report Approved By China

Following the official release of an erroneous World Health Organization report on the origins of COVID-19 (which was first approved by Communist China) on Tuesday, and after a NewsBusters report calling them out, ABC’s World News Tonight was forced to backpedal its support for the conclusions that cleared the murderous regime of culpability after the WHO General Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cast doubt on the findings.

Meanwhile, on NBC Nightly News, senior international correspondent Keir Simmons continued to pound away at the WHO, using the facts surrounding the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and China’s censorship of the truth.

For ABC’s coverage, anchor David Muir pushed China’s approved story and acted surprised that there would be criticism of the WHO’s findings:

Stephanie, we reported on that report from the World Health Organization and China last night here. It’s now out officially tonight on the origins of the virus, pointing to the likely transmission from bats, eventually to humans. But there’s also been sharp criticism of this new report?

“There has, David. The director general of the World Health Organization saying scientists had a hard time getting access to that raw data,” reported correspondent Stephanie Ramos after a longer report on COVID in the U.S. “The U.S. joining 13 other countries in expressing, quote, ‘shared concern’ about that report, saying researchers significantly delayed and lacked access to original data.”

 

 

On Monday, Muir tried to spin China’s meddling in the investigation as the regime co-authoring the report with the WHO. “The 100-plus page report from the World Health Organization and China also finding it was, quote, ‘extremely unlikely’ the virus escaped from a Wuhan lab,” he parroted like the good Disney puppet he was.

In sharp contrast, Simmons didn’t seem to fear angering the genocidal Chinese government. He kept the focus on the WIV as he told viewers: “The WHO’s director general saying that assessment was ‘not extensive enough,’ saying he may deploy a new mission to further investigate China’s labs.”

Notice how ABC refused to admit just how critical the WHO’s general director was their lab claims. And also unlike ABC, Simmons noted that the WHO had to get their report approved by China before publishing.

Simmons kept the heat on China as he featured two critics who called out China’s interference and obfuscation of the truth, Georgetown University infectious diseases professor Dr. Daniel Lucey, and WHO adviser Jamie Metzl:

LUCEY: China must be quite pleased with the result of this written report stating that the lab origin hypothesis is “extremely unlikely.”

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METZL: In spite of this terrible pandemic that’s killed so many millions and disrupted billions, the Chinese government from the very beginning has been destroying samples, hiding records, imprisoning journalists.

On Monday, Simmons drew attention to how the WIV had a documented history of capturing and breeding the kinds of bats that carried coronaviruses. Why hasn’t ABC?

ABC’s pro-China stance was made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from Allstate and Swiffer. ABC is also owned by Disney, who wants to retain their access to the Chinese market. Their contact information is linked so you can tell them about the biased news they fund.

The transcript is below, click “expand” to read:

ABC’s World News Tonight
March 30, 2021
6:40:52 p.m. Eastern

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DAVID MUIR: Stephanie, we reported on that report from the World Health Organization and China last night here. It’s now out officially tonight on the origins of the virus, pointing to the likely transmission from bats, eventually to humans. But there’s also been sharp criticism of this new report?

STEPHANIE RAMOS: There has, David. The director general of the World Health Organization saying scientists had a hard time getting access to that raw data. The U.S. joining 13 other countries in expressing, quote, “shared concern” about that report, saying researchers significantly delayed and lacked access to original data. The White House saying China is not being transparent and because they did not provide that data, it is not cooperation. David.

MUIR: Many questions moving forward. Stephanie, thank you.

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