In an otherwise good article, nails-on-a-chalkboard Trump-hatred from Vanity Fair
I am a reasonable person. I am in the middle of my sixth decade. I have lived a quiet, contented, successful life. There have been many challenges, ups and downs, and the usual rites of passage. I am a law-abiding American citizen who cherishes my freedom in this glorious country. I respect the law, I respect everyone's right to their own opinion, and I generally follow the golden rule when dealing with others.
This author, Katherine Eban, clearly considers herself an elite. She wrote a good article published in Vanity Fair on June 3, 2021, titled "The Lab-Leak Theory: Inside the Fight to Uncover Covid-19's Origins." A bit wordy there, Katherine, but a decent article covering many aspects and many players in the ongoing saga to get to the bottom of the origins of the pandemic. Like any good deplorable, I had heard about the article on Steve Bannon's War Room, a conservative broadcast. Thanks to his broadcast, almost none of her information was news to me.
So here comes my real beef with Ms. Eban. First of all, I recommend that everyone read her article, as it is one of the first mainstream sources to come out with some of this information in what will probably be the biggest scandal in world history: whether or not the virus was manipulated by gain of function, and how and why it may have come from the Wuhan Institute of Virology rather than from a bat. Ms. Eban does a pretty thorough job of presenting the evidence that has emerged of late. However, being an elite, she just can't control her inner snark toward Donald Trump and every American who voted for him.
It is so old now, and so worn out, this Trump-hatred, everything revolving around Trump-hatred, everything tainted with Trump-hatred. These people need to use a little introspection at some point. I want to tell this woman, and every haughty, smug, over-confident liberal out there just how petty they show themselves to be. Here she writes a decent article about a significant topic, and she dilutes it with insulting, derogatory, opinionated drivel that she just can't keep a lid on.
I really can't take it anymore. I am an intelligent, educated, well-read deplorable, and I find the likes of Katherine Eban reprehensible. She insults me — yes, me — every time she lowers herself to nasty little snipes at President Trump and anyone associated with him in any way. If these people only realized how much they belittle themselves by doing this.
Here are a few of her gems. "President Donald Trump's former political adviser Steve Bannon, for instance, joined forces with an exiled Chinese billionaire named Guo Wengui to fuel claims that China had developed the disease as a bioweapon and purposefully unleashed it on the world. As proof, they paraded a Hong Kong scientist around right-wing media outlets until her manifest lack of expertise doomed the charade." I believe she is denigrating Dr. Li-Meng Yan here, who risked her life to blow the whistle on the Wuhan lab. Here's another: "When Trump himself floated the lab-leak hypothesis last April, his divisiveness and lack of credibility made things more, not less, challenging for those seeking the truth." Lack of credibility? Really? Well, I guess we will see about that soon enough.
There's plenty more: "in the wake of the Lancet statement and under the cloud of Donald Trump's toxic racism, which contributed to an alarming wave of anti-Asian violence in the U.S., one possible answer to this all-important question remained largely off-limits until the spring of 2021." She is so full of hate for Trump that she can barely get through a paragraph without maligning him. Toward the end of the article, which is very long, she notes that a highly respected microbiologist, Dr. David Baltimore, had possibly found the "smoking gun." She had to highlight that since he was "about as far from Steve Bannon and the conspiracy theorists as it was possible to get. His judgment, that the furin cleavage site raised the prospect of gene manipulation, had to be taken seriously." I don't know about you, but I am sick to death of their self-importance and moralizing when it comes to anything and everything related to Donald Trump.
Here is her last insult, thrown in for good measure: "Thanks to their unprecedented track record of mendacity and race-baiting, Trump and his allies had less than zero credibility." All this from a "reputable" publication. I can't take it anymore. Can we just have honest, unbiased reporting, ever? No golden rule for these people.
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