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“The Guy Isn’t Totally Wrong”: The Curious Case of Covid-19 Scientists and Senator Tom Cotton

In a supreme irony, the scientists hired to stamp out the “lab leak” theory may vindicate the politician most tarred as a conspiracy theorist for keeping the theory alive

Jul 20, 2023
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Dr. Kristian Andersen on Senator Tom Cotton: The guy isn’t totally wrong.”

When Public and Racket obtained hundreds of pages of communications between the scientists who published perhaps the most influential Nature Medicine paper about the origins of Covid-19, one of the first things we noticed was the scientists’ fixation with hits and Internet traffic. If Heathers had been written for the Instagram age, the script would have read a lot like the Slack chats between Drs. Kristian Andersen, Andrew Rambaut, Bob Garry, and Eddie Holmes.

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