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The COVID-19 Lies Are Collapsing -- Will Anyone Notice?

By Dennis E. Powell | Posted at 6:43 PM

It would be nice, more than nice, if news coverage were still in fashion.

Those of us who have watched what currently passes for news know in absurd detail all we could ever hope to know about the trial of a former president for the lone financial offense of which he is arguably not guilty.

We know far more than is any of our business about the comings and goings and peccadilloes of various celebrities, because ever since the advent of a show called “A Current Affair” in the 1980s “news” is celebrity news. Is there anyone other than themselves concerned with the marriage of Ben Affleck (no, not the advertising duck) and Jennifer Lopez? If so, why?

What we don’t know about, because it has received practically no coverage, is 7 million cases of apparent homicide. Could be murder, could be manslaughter. We don’t know, and our media are not interested in finding out.

As those who cover the “news” are slobbering all over themselves as to the litigatory fate of one dunce who hopes to defeat another dunce in an election to determine the worst president of the United States ever, there has been very little coverage of what’s been going on in different hearings a couple hundred miles south of New York.

There, federal officials have been trying to talk their way out of their blatant coverup of the increasingly evident fact that the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which produces an illness called COVID-19, was bought and paid for by the federal government, using your grandchildren’s tax dollars.

It seemed likely from the beginning that the virus, which appears nowhere in nature, was cooked up in a laboratory called the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Soon after the beginning of the pandemic it began to look more and more as though development of the recipe was financed by money from U.S. government agencies, laundered by a shady “scientific” outfit called “Eco Health Alliance.” (I’m reminded how in a decades-old episode of Top Gear the boys were building a car they knew would be awful, but they realized they could gain forgiveness by putting “eco” in its name.)

The hearings in Washington, of the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, have recently focused on the attempt by federal officials to hide their involvement in the development of the deadly microbe. It is often said that the coverup is worse than the crime, but that’s a hard assertion to make when the crime itself killed millions of people and disrupted every aspect of human life for years; indeed, the end of its effects remains over the horizon.

The government officials, we knew even then, were doing all they could to quash (not “squash,” dammit, despite the media illiteracy to the contrary) any suggestion that the bug escaped from the lab, never mind that it was created there. Facebook, the once-popular harvester of data from elderly people, banned any mention of either. I discussed it in this space. Even so, if you looked you could find evidence that the U.S. government, through the evil celebrity gnome Dr. Anthony Fauci and his associates, had in fact financed the “gain-of-function” research that could well have brought us SARS-CoV-2. “Gain-of-function” means altering an organism to make its effects more dire or its transmission more likely, or both.

(After denying it for years, the National Institutes of Health finally admitted to the committee two weeks ago that well, yeah, they were actually paying the Wuhan lab to conduct gain-of-function work. Where was the coverage?)

Such information as we were able to get came from honest but fearful scientists or through the Freedom of Information Act, whereby media and others can demand and if necessary sue for details an agency or the government in general would just as soon keep secret. In the recent, largely unreported, congressional hearings, people involved are having squeezed out of them the efforts they made to confound the FOIA and keep their actions from getting exposed to public scrutiny.

I watched part of the hearings last week. It is sad that so many of the elected representatives to Congress devoted their time to scolding the witness over being insufficiently deferential to women rather than being concerned about the crimes the witness may have committed or knew about others having done.

Fortunately, the committee staff released a cache of email and other communications. They point to a vast, illegal, and immoral effort to prevent the world from finding out how SARS-CoV-2 was probably a product of a government agency allegedly devoted to public health.

The head of Eco Health Alliance, Dr. Peter Daszak, was buddies with the government players — after all, without their largesse he would have to be up to some other kind of no good. He was beginning to feel the heat. Fauci, NIH Director Francis Collins, and others dangled fat government grants in front of researchers and got them to phony up a paper claiming that the virus could not have come from the lab.

In testimony last week, with his emails and other communications now in front of him, Dr. David Morens — a longtime adviser to Fauci and Collins — said he had engaged in circumventing the FOIA so as to protect his pal Daszak, to whom he constantly referred as “Peter.” The communications are damning. Many of us knew what had been going on. The surprise was that those involved were so blatant about it.

Their efforts were not entirely successful. Eco Health Alliance’s Daszak has been barred from receiving government money. This doesn’t mean that he won’t get government money, only that it will have to be laundered first — something in which, we have learned, he and his friends in the government and research communities are already quite skilled. At the beginning of May the committee released a report about Eco Health Alliance. You might want to read it — newspaper and television reporters won’t.

I encourage you to read the communications linked above, too. If you, like most of us, lost a few weeks — or a friend or relative — to COVID-19, you are likely to be enraged. You may think that many of those involved should be put to work making sure ropes are stronger than necks. I further encourage you to read Roger Pielke Jr.’s appraisal.

Remember, these corrupt pseudo-scientists who busied themselves posing for magazine covers and appearing on television, were supposed to be finding a solution to the problem. Instead, we learn with ever-greater detail, they created the problem and were primarily devoted to protecting themselves from its consequences.

No wonder they snapped up a not-soup-yet “vaccine” based on technology that had been rejected by their respective agencies over and over because it is dangerous and doesn’t work. They were delighted when conversation turned to whether people should be forced to submit to this untested, potentially harmful substance, with two successive presidential dunces glomming on to their reflected temporary stardom.

(You may not have heard about it — there were no reported comments from Bennifer or Robert DeNiro — but the AstraZeneca company withdrew its COVID-19 vaccine a couple of weeks ago, citing reduced sales. The fact that it doesn’t prevent the disease and has an annoying habit of killing people all by itself may have played a part in the falloff in demand. The class-action lawsuit against the company might have figured in, too. Pfizer Inc., its share price down by half but protected from COVID-19 lawsuits by the government, is brazening it out.)

Dr. Anthony Fauci is scheduled to testify before the committee next week. It would be good if someone covered it, but whether this happens will probably be determined by the effect it might have on the respective presidential hopes of a couple of dunces.

And whether it will have any bearing on the marriage of Ben and Jennifer.

Dennis E. Powell is crackpot-at-large at Open for Business. Powell was a reporter in New York and elsewhere before moving to Ohio, where he has (mostly) recovered. You can reach him at

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