On Monday night, comedian Jon Stewart made a rare appearance on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show. The former “Daily Show” host was Colbert’s first post-COVID guest and ended up angering liberals by mocking those who dismissed the Wuhan lab leak as a conspiracy theory.
“I believe we owe science a big debt of gratitude,” Stewart said at the outset, applauding the efforts done to help stop the pandemic. The praise was fleeting, as he went on to say, “They helped lessen the misery of this pandemic… which was more than likely produced by science.” Stewart then went on to explain how ridiculous it is to disregard the possibility that it came from a Chinese facility, in his trademark snarky and caustic tone.
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When Colbert said there was a chance it came from a lab, Jon Stewart was taken aback and responded, “A chance?! ‘A new respiratory coronavirus is sweeping Wuhan, China – what should we do?’ ‘Oh, do you have any ideas who we could ask? Wuhan’s new respiratory coronavirus laboratory. The disease and the lab have the same name! That’s a little strange, don’t you think?
He kept hammering away, emphasizing the ridiculousness of dismissing the lab leak as a conspiracy theory
So, you work at the coronavirus respiratory lab — how did this come to be? ‘Hmm, a penguin kissed a turtle?’ they think. ‘ He went on to compare the situation to a large chocolate outbreak near Hershey, Pennsylvania, with people unsure where it came from, until pointing out the obvious — most likely the enormous chocolate factory.
The audience erupted in laughter and applause during his diatribe, but it was a different story online. Jon Stewart was applauded by those who had been raising the alarm, hailing the tardy identification of the potential of a lab breach in Wuhan being the source of the virus.
Those who bought into the left’s, media’s, and social media platforms’ conspiracy theory narrative were less than happy. “I honestly can’t tell if @jonstewart is doing a bit or not while he goes on a conspiracy-filled diatribe about Wuhan and the coronavirus,” a fan commented on Twitter, according to Newsweek. Wow, way to add fuel to the flames of anti-Asian prejudice.
The media initially disregarded the lab leak origin theory as a mere conspiracy, only to have to backtrack and now take it seriously since many officials and agencies are altering policy, according to Faithwire’s 4&3 Podcast.
Background of covid19
Although the virus’s specific origin is uncertain, the first epidemic occurred in late 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei, China. Many early instances of COVID-19 have been attributed to people who visited Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, though human-to-human transmission may have previously occurred before this.
The World Health Organization (WHO) dubbed the disease “COVID-19” on February 11, 2020, which stands for coronavirus disease 2019.SARS-CoV-2, a newly found virus closely linked to bat coronaviruses, pangolin coronaviruses, and SARS-CoV, is the culprit that triggered the outbreak.
According to current scientific consensus, the virus is most likely zoonotic, originating in bats or another closely related mammal. Despite this, the topic has sparked a lot of speculation and conspiracy theories, which have been magnified by the internet’s quickly developing echo chambers. This problem has exacerbated global geopolitical differences, particularly between the United States and China.
The earliest known person with symptoms was found to have become ill on December 1, 2019, and that person had no evident ties to the later wet market cluster.On the other hand, a case of infection could have occurred on November 17th.
Two-thirds of the early cluster of cases recorded that month were found to be linked to the market. According to a molecular clock analysis, the index case was most likely infected with the virus between mid-October and mid-November 2019.