Not helpful at all…

Paywall. But Cotton advancing a conspiracy theory doesn’t help in the least.

Highlights: “Speaking on Fox News, Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, raised the possibility that the virus had originated in a high-security biochemical lab in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the outbreak.

“We don’t have evidence that this disease originated there,” the senator said, “but because of China’s duplicity and dishonesty from the beginning, we need to at least ask the question to see what the evidence says, and China right now is not giving evidence on that question at all.”

If there is no evidence, then why advance the theory? Trumpian tactics have completely invaded the GOP. Cotton apparently took his cues from our old friend, Steve Bannon. “The conspiracy theory lacks evidence and has been dismissed by scientists. But it has gained an audience with the help of well-connected critics of the Chinese government such as Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist.

Stop the madness already.

23 thoughts on “Not helpful at all…

  1. No big surprise. Cotton is one of the most mendacious members of the Trump team. And that is not an easy title to get.

    Conspiracies are the lifeblood of the right wing. Keeps people confused and insecure.

    And we know Trump bragged about keeping his citizens confused.

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  2. RE: “If there is no evidence, then why advance the theory?”

    The answer is in the quotation you cited. You might also note Cotton’s remarks at the end of the NYT article. He’s not promoting a conspiracy theory, but pointing to the reality that questions about the origin or coronavirus remain to be answered.

    In a practice that is common at NYT, the headline and the lede create a smear that the body of the story does not support.

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    1. Then there is this, also from the article:

      “Although much remains unknown about the coronavirus, experts generally dismiss the idea that it was created by human hands. Scientists who have studied the coronavirus say it resembles SARS and other viruses that come from bats. While contagious, so far it appears to largely threaten the lives of older people with chronic health issues, making it a less-than-effective bioweapon.

      A plethora of misinformation has led World Health Organization workers to call it an “infodemic.””
      But science means little in Trump world.

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    2. RE: “But science means little in Trump world.”

      What makes you think so? Your own quotation shows that scientists agree with Cotton that “much remains unknown about the coronavirus.”

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      1. Cherry picking from my own quoted piece. Another very Trumpian move.

        Climate Change is a Chinese hoax.- Trump “science”. When over 95% of climate scientists say otherwise.

        You skipped the second half of the quote:…”experts generally dismiss the idea that it was created by human hands.”

        But Dr. Cotton, the well known virologist, says otherwise? More attempts to shovel doubt on to the scientific consensus. It is the way of Trump and his minions.

        And your attempts at the usual counterfactual nonsense will do nothing but show your ability to ignore the truth. You are quite talented at that.

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        1. RE: “But Dr. Cotton, the well known virologist, says otherwise?”

          Where in the article — or elsewhere — does Cotton say the virus “was created by human hands”? That you imagine that to be his claim shows that you haven’t read the piece carefully and are merely jumping to conclusions.

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          1. “Where in the article — or elsewhere — does Cotton say the virus “was created by human hands”?” Nowhere. However, why even bring it up if there is are facts backing the assertion? The scientists who study these things have pretty much ruled out the “man made” idea. Cotton appears to just want to attempt to stick a thumb in the eye of China. Not a good idea when you are trying to work out a more beneficial trade pact with them. Unless he wants to undermine Trump’s attempts at reaching a FULL agreement.

            Counterfactual nonsense reigns supreme. You picking of nits is as bad as your picking of cherries. Cotton throwing shade on the idea that the virus is naturally occurring and NOT created in a bioweapons lab is just another way to stoke fear into the populace here.

            You ignore truth. Or should I say you ignore semantics that you call others out for regulatory. Cotton is a moron following the lead of people like Bannon and Trump to try and stir up that which not need be stirred.

            You may continue on your trek of alternative facts. But you seriously need to reconsider some of the things you say. You don’t believe because you don’t WANT to believe.

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          2. RE: “The scientists who study these things have pretty much ruled out the ‘man made’ idea.”

            No, they haven’t. They have only stated that the origins are unknown. They “dismiss” the idea of man-made origins because they have no reason to believe it at this point.

            If you want to be a purveyor of truth, learn how to be a purveyor of facts, first.

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          3. Coming from a purveyor of fertilizer, I’m good.

            You read between the lines on things you agree with and ignore that same space with something you disagree with.

            But I digress. The pissing contest with the skunk is now over. -IMHO

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      2. @Roberts
        What makes you think so? Are you serious? You have no idea?

        There is not a single area of policy difference between Trumpists and Americans where science is on the side of the Trumpists. Climate science is an obvious example. Anyone who supports a fool loudly claiming that climate change is a “Chinese hoax” is someone to whom science means very little.

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        1. RE: “What makes you think so? Are you serious? You have no idea?”

          I have a pretty good idea, as stated, that the NYT piece is written for sheep who don’t take the time to think for themselves.

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          1. @Roberts

            Claims of some sort of intellectual superiority coming from a Trump dupe such as your own good self are always good for a laugh. Especially laughable is your throwing the epithet “sheep who don’t take time to think for themselves” against people who have NOT been accurately taken for suckers by the Huckster-in-chief.

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          2. RE: “Claims of some sort of intellectual superiority coming from a Trump dupe such as your own good self are always good for a laugh.”

            You assume too much.

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          3. @Roberts

            “You assume too much.”

            You say this all the time and it never makes any sense. I do not need to assume anything to get a good laugh from someone such as yourself calling other people unthinking sheep.

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          4. RE: “You say this all the time and it never makes any sense.”

            It makes perfect sense here, since you assume I have said things I have not in fact said. Your laughter is hollow.

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        2. @Roberts

          Your lack of understanding of the import of the words you write is amazing.

          For any reader who is not an idiot you are claiming the high ground of intellectual prowess when you throw your clueless brickbats at the NYT’s readers who, according to you, are sheep. So, yes, you ARE claiming to be intellectually superior and that is truly hilarious because, Mr. Roberts, you clearly are not.

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          1. RE: “For any reader who is not an idiot you are claiming the high ground of intellectual prowess when you throw your clueless brickbats at the NYT’s readers who, according to you, are sheep.”

            It doesn’t take much “intellectual prowess” to see, as stated, that the NYT “headline and the lede create a smear that the body of the story does not support.”

            If your are so smart and sophisticated, why not show us how it is actually true, as NYT claims, that “Senator Tom Cotton Repeats Fringe Theory of Coronavirus Origins”?

            You can’t, of course, because Cotton has done no such thing, as even the NYT reporting documents.

            What a fool you are to make me the issue when better opportunities are available, if you believe your own trash talk.

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          2. @Roberts
            The Senator is quoted as saying that the “question” raised by these whack jobs needs evidence to resolve but China is not helping. THAT is repeating the conspiracy theory. The headline is fair and accurate. That you don’t understand that while referring to those who do as “sheep” confirms my original point of your laughable and delusional idea of your own relative intellectual prowess.

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  3. Senator Tom Cotton is the fellow who wants your children and/or your grandchildren to be killed or maimed in an immoral and unwinnable war with Iran. And now this laughable nonsense. What a Trumpkin poster child!

    And to put the icing on this cake of slime, Cotton will not have a Democratic challenger in November and that was apparently achieved by the GOP blackmailing the Democratic nominee to quit after the filing deadline for a replacement.

    https://arktimes.com/arkansas-blog/2019/11/16/the-mahony-mystery-needs-answers-including-from-the-arkansas-republican-party

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  4. Are you kidding? The $40 million Mueller team spent two yrs investigating the greatest conspiracy theory in the history of American politics.

    Ultimately, they concluded that no Americans conspired with Russia to meddle in the 2016 election.

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