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Washington Post Becomes Latest Media Outlet to Walk Back “Debunked Conspiracy Theory” Wuhan Lab Leak Coverage

The Washington Post has become the latest media outlet to reverse its earlier insistence that the Wuhan lab leak theory was a “debunked conspiracy theory.”

The newspaper published an article in February 2020 by Paulina Firozi labeling the explanation a “debunked conspiracy theory” but has now been forced to issue a retraction.

“Earlier versions of this story and its headline inaccurately characterized comments by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) regarding the origins of the coronavirus,” states the retraction. “The term “debunked” and the Post’s use of “conspiracy theory” have been removed because, then as now, there was no determination about the origins of the virus.”

The correction was made after independent journalist Michael Tracey “reported that journalist @paulina_milla had flagrantly mischaracterized a key expert she quoted in the article.”