Comedian Jon Stewart said in a new interview that he was surprised by the major setback in his adherence to the leak theory coronavirus lab and wondered how it got "politicized.
Former "Daily Show " host shocked observers media in June when it launched in a passionate part on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert " on the coincidence that the Wuhan coronavirus has emerged in a city with a superlab that is experimenting with ted on coronaviruses from bat, saying: "The disease has the same name as the lab!
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on his new Apple TV + project, Stewart quoted from Colbert 's interview while discussing the power of Twitter.
"It 'sa democratized connection and also democratized destruction," he said. "Not to quote MC Hammer, but you can't take the measurement without considering the measurer. It's kind of the point I was making about Colbert that everyone got mad, that was, "These are just tools, we're the ones screwing them up.
"You refer to your June appearance on The Late Show where you staked everything on the theory that the coronavirus originated in a lab in China. I can't tell if Colbert was amused by you or maybe a little nervous, "said reporter Lacey Rose.
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"I don't think it was nervous, "said Stewart. "It's not like he doesn't know what I'm going to say. Listen, how come if it was a scientific accident, it 's conservative, and if it comes from? 'a wet market, it's liberal, don't know - just don't know how it got politicized. But it was an inelegant way to get to a bit that I have been doing for years, which is our well-meaning shine will more than likely be our demise. The track is about the last words the man says, namely, “Hey, that worked.” I guess I did. was a little surprised at the pushback. "
Stewart's appearance went viral, as he compared the emerging virus in Wuhan to an outbreak of" chocolate goodness "near the Hershey factory in Pennsylvania. Wuhan laboratory avaIt has known safety concerns, and reports of sick researchers showing COVID-like symptoms in 2019 have continued to fuel speculation that the virus did not originate from nature.
But as the comedy Stewart's progressive made him popular with Democrats and the mainstream media during his 16 years on "The Daily Show," some reporters and viewers berated him for supporting the show's theory by Colbert. Disgraced former CBS News presenter Dan Rather called Stewart The "dangerous and short-sighted " rhetoric of Washington Post columnist Paul Waldman was that "celebrities " should not be considered reliable sources of information, and Hfrance.fr brought together viewers who were uncomfortable with the words of Stewart.
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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest Jon Stewart on Monday June 14, 2021. Photo: Scott Kowalchyk / CBS © 2021 CBS Broadcasti ng Inc. All rights reserved.
The re-emergence of the laboratory leak theory as credible or probable after being declared implausible and " demystified "by fact-checkers and media reports in 2020 led to another counts for the press on issues of group thinking and bias.
Some journalists even admitted that they support the lab -the leak theory of Republicans like Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo and Senator Tom Cotton , R -Ark., Explained why he haswas initially rejected in the media.
President Joe Biden ordered a review of information on the origins of the virus, and the 90-day investigation returned with inconclusive results last month, partly citing China's reluctance to cooperate. Chinese state media strongly denied the laboratory theory and even promoted the notion that it came from " imported frozen foods. "
Colbert, a staunch Democr ats supporter, seemed uncomfortable with Stewart's take, at one point jokingly, il sounded like a lackey of Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wis. However, Stewart said in the interview that Colbert knew what he was going to say ahead of time.