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Brazen Lies

Is a popular media and public relations strategy, successfully employed by big corporations like Monsanto, now being used by a publicly funded nonprofit to hide the truth about COVID-19?

Monsanto trotted out its own “experts,” like Kevin Folta, to cover up the truth about GMOs and Roundup weedkiller, and to discredit honest scientists.

Now EcoHealth Alliance, a U.S. nonprofit that helped fund gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology, is pushing its own “expert” on the media—but in this case, it’s the nonprofit’s own founder and president.

Peter Daszak is on a mission to deflect attention away from any role EcoHealth Alliance may have had in creating the coronavirus pandemic. But he’s not stopping there. He also wants to paint anyone who questions the mainstream narrative as a “conspiracy theorist.”

According to this article in GM Watch, Daszak was project leader on a $3.7-million grant supporting bat coronavirus surveillance, and bat coronavirus gain-of-function research at Wuhan Institute of Virology. (Gain-of-function research is a method of studying viruses to make them more virulent and/or more transmissible).

Daszak, who's been all over the media, is being painted by some as a hero. But many credible scientists aren’t buying it. In fact, he's even been labeled by one scientist as "Patient Zero for misinformation.”

The last thing the world needs right now—if we hope to prevent future pandemics—is more misinformation.

Read ‘Why are the lab escape denialists telling such brazen lies?’

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