CNN destroys coronavirus research showcased on Tucker Carlson’s show
Opinion by Erik Wemple
Oct. 23, 2020 at 1:53 a.m. GMT+8
Last month, Fox News host Tucker Carlson welcomed Chinese virologist Li-Meng Yan onto his show to share her shocking finding: China had engineered SARS-CoV-2 and unleashed it on the world. “With my experience, I can tell you, this is created in the lab,” Yan told Carlson. “This is from that template owned by [the Chinese] military and also, it was spread to the world to make such damage.”
As we wrote at the time, Carlson then admitted, right there on national TV, that he didn’t have the grounding to properly vet Yan’s claims. Instead, he referred the case to others. “This is when you wish for a functioning media, because what you just said completely changes everything we think we know about the pandemic that’s wrecking our country,” said Carlson, who urged Yan to keep talking: “So I really hope, sincerely, that you will be doing many interviews in American media and explaining this in much greater detail.”
Weeks later, the “functioning media” has spoken. In a story with four bylines and two contributors, CNN found what Carlson — a man who works at a network with billions in annual revenue — could not find, or had no interest in finding in the first place: Yan’s research was essentially a house of cards.