Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson criticized the American mainstream media for helping the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) cover up the coronavirus’s origin during Donald Trump’s tenure by publishing news stories that repeated the official Chinese narrative and even attacking their own country.

At the same time that two former New York Times employees stepped forward and revealed that they were barred from investigating and writing about the theory—which recently gained more traction—that the virus escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China, Tucker Carlson reviewed the media headlines and talking points at the beginning of the pandemic.

Although the New York Times considers itself a ‘living historical archive’ and has notes even from the Civil War era, Carlson explained that in August 2020, suddenly the paper began deleting hundreds of articles going back as far as ten years, without explanation from its website.

“Everyone was a propaganda piece paid for by the Chinese” to pretend it was a news article, the anchor claimed on August 3.

According to public records, the New York Times received more than a hundred thousand dollars per month from Chinese state media to publish ‘news’ that repeated the CCP narrative and attacked the Trump Administration.

The business dealings with Chinese state media began in 2016 and the CCP paid out more than $20 million to publish its propaganda in the U.S., Carlson claimed.

Other media outlets mentioned by the host included the LA Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post and Twitter.

The Chinese media payments stopped last year, and as an overwhelming amount of evidence points to the Wuhan Institute of Virology as the source of the virus, apparently, the New York Times wants to erase its pro-CCP’ past.

What the two whistleblowers say about the New York Times

In an exclusive investigation by the British media outlet Spectator, two whistleblowers and now former New York Times employees revealed that senior management forbade anyone from investigating or even publishing news about the possibility that the virus originated in a laboratory in China.

“I suggested to a senior editor at the paper that we investigate the origins of COVID-19. I was told it was dangerous to run a piece about the origins of the coronavirus. There was resistance to running anything that could suggest that [COVID-19 was man made or had leaked accidentally from a lab],” said the first whistleblower.

The second Spectator whistleblower said of the lab thing: “It was considered a conspiracy theory, it was untouchable everywhere. The fact that Trump embraced it, of course, also made it a no-go.”

Carlson played footage from CNN and MSNBC from March 2020, when the pandemic had just been determined as such and these mainstream media outlets were attacking Trump as a racist and xenophobe for calling COVID a ‘Chinese virus’ and calling the idea that it originated in China nonsense.

The host reviewed a headline from Politico, a leftist media outlet, which he said praised the CCP in its response to the pandemic, while criticizing the United States.

“The verdict is in: China has outperformed, while the once-respected American systema has disastrously faltered,” the Politico headline read.

“Now as you read this you wonder how it is different from what Chinese would write about themselves” asked Carlson. “The American media was especially hysterical on the question of where the coronavirus came from.”

To the journalist, the mainstream media seemed to be working for China.

“Under no circumstance were you allowed to entertain the possibility that COVID 19 came from a lab in Wuhan, China. That was a conspiracy theory,” Carlson said.

The position of these media outlets took a dramatic turn as all the evidence points to the origin of the virus being China.

Rep. Nunes, who is the ranking congressman on the House intelligence committee, wrote an op-ed for Fox News alleging that the coronavirus escaped from the lab in mid-September 2019.

At that time, Carlson explains, referring to the report filed by Republicans on the origin of the virus, there were many athletes from around the world in Wuhan competing in international games, arriving in the city a few weeks later.

“Many of them brought COVID home with them,” Carlson asserts.

“Then why didn’t we know this until now? Well because of a massive and coordinated lying campaign on behalf of the government of China,” Carlson assured.

The host quoted the words of Rep. Devin Nunes who said, “My informed opinion, is that the lab leak theory isn’t just a possibility, at the very least is more like a probability if not very close to a certainty.”