The bogus Steve Bannon-backed study claiming China created the coronavirus, explained - 2020-09-18
A controversial new study getting attention in US conservative media claims the coronavirus was created in a Chinese lab — but the group behind the report is intimately linked to a prominent Trump ally and known China hawk: Steve Bannon.
And all I spoke to said the study is deeply flawed.
The article popped up on September 14 on Zenodo, a website for scientists and academics to upload their work before it has gone through any formal peer-review process. Right-wing media outlets like the New York Post quickly seized on the paper's conclusion that the virus that causes Covid-19 was potentially man-made at a Chinese facility. The study's lead author, the 36-year-old Yan Li-Meng, has already appeared on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show to say the Chinese government "intentionally" released the virus into the world.