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Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Who Is WND Working Into Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Now?
Topic: WorldNetDaily

The conspiracy-minded WorldNetDaily can't help to try to manufacture conspiracy theories about the coronavirus.

A March 9 column by Lance Voorhees -- whose WND bio begins with the claim that he's "an American Mensa member" -- tried mightily to drag the Muslims into it because ISIS once "called for 'viral warfare' against the West," prompting him to declare: "My fellow Americans, be forewarned: The coronavirus is surely on ISIS' radar to be weaponized as well." Voorhees went on to rant about "students and tourists from Muslim-majority countries" who come to the U.S." then goes on to suggest that all Muslims are potential terrorists: "Viral jihad is a clear and present danger – an inexpensive terrorist strategy Americans cannot afford to ignore. Please join me in flooding the State Department by calling the recorded comments service at: 202-647-6575 and press "8" to record your concerns … and be polite."

In a March 20 column, James Zumwalt -- who's already prone to believing conspiracy theories -- served up another one, citing an interview with "biological warfare (BW) expert professor Francis Boyle," who purports to have "definitive evidence a biowarfare lab at the University of North Carolina (UNC) was the initial catalyst for the virus," and the lab then worked with "a top Chinese biowarfare expert" to develop "biowarfare DNA genetic capability" for the virus.

Just one problem: No actual scientist believes that the novel coronavirus is a bioweapon.

Then again, WND's currently out-of-commission editor Joseph Farah did seem to take publishing misinformation as a point of pride.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:37 AM EDT

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