On Monday, NBC News published a puff-piece for the Wuhan Institute of Virology - giving controversial lab which 'could pass for a college campus' a glowing review after a five-hour visit and interviews with several employees.
The report slams the Trump administration for showing "no credible proof to back up claims that the coronavirus was either manufactured at or accidentally leaked from the lab," while helping the CCP dispute an April Washington Post report over US Embassy cables warning of safety issues at the facility.
The author of that WaPo piece, Josh Rogin, has just shredded NBC News over their report - which he says contains 'several errors.'
This @NBCNews report on their field trip to Wuhan Institute of Virology has several errors, but the most glaring is that it misrepresents what U.S. officials wrote in diplomatic cables in 2018. I'll explain: https://t.co/ocexX0ANB0— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) August 10, 2020
Rogin continues (condensed thread via Twitter, emphasis ours):
Wang Yanyi, director of the WIV, told NBC reporters the U.S. officials visited in March 2018, two months after the first cable was written. The truth is they visited three times, both before and after the Jan. 2018 cable. Did U.S. officials make an entire visit? Not likely..