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The lab origin theory of COVID-19 is receiving renewed interest and credibility among scientists but it wasn’t too long ago that outlets like CBC News, the Toronto Star and Canada’s National Observer published articles dismissing the lab leak theory outright without waiting for a scientific consensus on the matter. From the outset of the pandemic, True North has covered all of the competing theories regarding COVID-19, including the potential lab origin of the virus. Soon after the world became aware of the existence of COVID-19, True North founder Candice Malcolm asked on her show why nobody in the mainstream media was questioning whether the virus emerged from the Wuhan Institute of Virology. For the crime of simply investigating unanswered questions, Malcolm faced repeated attacks by freelance reporter Justin Ling who followed China’s lead and claimed the theory was baseless. In an article published by Foreign Policy, Ling attacked the lab leak theory as “nonsense” and a conspiracy theory. Ling continued his claims into 2021, saying there had been no evidence whatsoever to support the idea that COVID-19 came from a lab and that the theory was “dangerous misinformation.”

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