Norman Looked Into It

[I] looked into this and other journalists have looked into this, as well as scientists, and there really is very little evidence. It’s on the outer bounds of possibility, but really so unlikely that you could say it’s not the case.”

– Ship’s doctor on the ABC, Norman Swan, last May.
He said yesterday his “previous positions had not been definitive.”

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32 Responses to Norman Looked Into It

  1. JC says:

    This is our Doctor, the nation’s GP. Doctor Norman Swan.

    No kidding, has this fuckhead ever been right?

  2. FlyingPigs says:

    JC says:
    May 27, 2021 at 1:23 am
    This is our Doctor, the nation’s GP. Doctor Norman Swan.

    No kidding, has this fuckhead ever been right?

    JC

    That is an unfair characterization.

    It is not “fuckhead” but “Fuckhead Moron”.

    Kindly watch your language.

  3. tombell says:

    has this fuckhead ever been right?

    getting a gig at our ABC was a good move lol

  4. mareeS says:

    The first take is usually the one. Speaking from a life in proper journalism and proper life.
    So, I go with Shari and the Wuhan virus escape.

  5. Petros says:

    Like Jeanette Young, I don’t think either of them actually practice medicine.

  6. H B Bear says:

    Dr Norman looks to have been overtaken by events. Events dear boy.

  7. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Maybe Norman can now look into the theory that global warming isn’t much happening and that we don’t have to destroy our country to stop it?

    We on the Right are correct about both things. It’s nice at least that, on one of them, the elites are starting to come to their senses.

    Oh and Dr Swan how about helping get ivermectin and HCQ onto the approved treatments list for the very Chinese coronavirus?

  8. H B Bear says:

    Check The Science.

  9. nb says:

    Oh, and by the way, Hunter’s laptop is not proven either… (Another ABC con job)

  10. Damon says:

    Swan is about as authoritative as ‘Adjunct Clinical Professor’ Brett Sutton. Both seem to be wrong a fair proportion of the time.

  11. Cassie of Sydney says:

    Sharri Markson, who of course works for the evil News Corporation and who has her own show on evil, far-right Sky News has, over the last year, actually undertaken some real investigative journalism into the origins of Wuhan flu. Markson has been doing the kind of journalism that journalists once used to do and were celebrated for….before the journalism profession succumbed to just being progressive Marxist activists and parroting narratives that suit the progressive left.

    For her efforts Sharri Markson has been personally smeared, mocked and ridiculed…notably on their ABC (particularly by Paul Barry on Media Watch) and by other leftist outlets such as the Malcolm Guardian and Nine Newspapers.

    I suspect that Markson’s excellent journalism will be proved right however will she receive an acknowledgement and apology from those that have spent the last twelve months dissing on her? Will she receive a Wokely? After all the Wokeley’s are always quite happy giving out awards for made up stories….example one- Louse Nilligan….example two – Lucie Marr-Morris.

  12. Frank says:

    From Wikipedia on Dr Norman Swan.

    Biography

    Swan was born in Scotland. Swan wanted to be an actor, but instead went into medical school at the University of Aberdeen graduating in 1976. He later tried unsuccessfully to get into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He then continued his postgraduate studies by specialising in paediatrics.

    Swan moved to Australia, to continue his training but moved away from medicine when he started work with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1982.

    A frustrated luvvie forced to do medicine. Another one that proves the axiom, if they are on tv they are a fraud, not a doctor since the early 1980s.

  13. Anonandon says:

    Ask any proper doctor – a specialist, not a GP – about Brett Sutton. The replies are not complimentary.

  14. Tom says:

    ABC’s Paul Barry and Norman Swan concede the Wuhun lab-leak theory is gaining support.

    We should thank God we’re not so retarded as to live in a small, wet mental closet that accepts no reality unless it ticks an ideological box.

    These people think they’re smarter than us. They’re actually quite stupid.

    Paul Barry in particular has devoted his professional life to destroying credible journalism because he has allowed himself to be captured by an extremist political ideology.

  15. Mother Lode says:

    So…Trump was right when he called it.

    The experts were wrong to declare it impossible.

    Now they are in agreement with Trump’s position.

    But no need for self-reproach.

    See, Trump was right in an non-expert way while the experts were wrong in an expert way.

    So Trump is still an idiot, and the experts who got it wrong were wrong with all the skill and rigour that only experts can bring to bear.

  16. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “Mother Lode says:
    May 27, 2021 at 7:51 am”

    Perfect summation ML.

  17. Mother Lode says:

    Swan was born in Scotland. Swan wanted to be an actor, but instead went into medical school at the University of Aberdeen graduating in 1976. He later tried unsuccessfully to get into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He then continued his postgraduate studies by specialising in paediatrics.

    He is living his dream as an actor. He is acting at being a doctor, delivering lines of fiction with conviction.

    It would not be acting if he spoke as a doctor telling us medical truths. How barren a life that would be for a thespian.

  18. Terry says:

    So, not a real Doctor but does play one on TV.

  19. calli says:

    the experts were wrong in an expert way.

    Expert Wrongology is highly contagious.

    If only those infected busybodies could be locked down and muzzled so the rest of us could get on with our lives.

  20. duncanm says:

    .. they’re all hoping everyone forgot that Trump said this.

    Now even Biden is asking the agencies to look into it.

    Expect the wiki Covid-19 lab source misinformation story to be memory-holed in 3..2..1

  21. JohnJJJ says:

    It’s on the outer bounds of possibility
    Obviously that scientist never understood statistics or probability. ‘Proximity’ alone shows it is highly probable it came from the lab. At least 10,000 wet markets in China and only one near the lab experimenting with this type of virus.
    But, maybe science is dead.

  22. Frank says:

    See, Trump was right in an non-expert way while the experts were wrong in an expert way.

    You’re being too kind, this assumes the experts are poring over actual research and forming expertly incorrect opinions on the basis of their expert understanding of the science. 99% of the time it falls outside their area. They just read it in the paper like the rest of us.

  23. Shy Ted says:

    He reads what he’s told to read like any actor.

  24. flyingduk says:

    And today they are telling us that the latest ‘cluster’ of non sick people ‘escaped’ from an Adelaide Medi Hotel when one customer briefly opened their door 12 MINUTES before another one did – 12 FREAKIN MINUTES. The virus hung around in the air without dissipating, falling to the ground or blowing away for 12 minutes! If thats true, Im starting to doubt that 1.5m social distancing (or 2m, or 1 adult kangaroo, or 1 moose etc) is going to be sufficient.

  25. dover_beach says:

    If you read Wade’s The Origin of COVID article that compares the natural emergence vs lab leak hypotheseses, the latter was always the most plausible given what was known about the virus. The real story here is why was NIH funding gain of function research in China, why virologists worldwide poo-pooed the lab leak theory, why science orgs worldwide puroortedly ‘debunked’ it, why tech giants censor any mention of it, and so on.

    The parsimonious answer is that the Cathedral needed to defend the scitech-research-industrial complex because if the lab leak theory triumphs Science™/ research prestige will take massive hits.

  26. Mick Gold Coast QLD says:

    “previous positions had not been definitive.”

    This is a synonym for that word Websters Dictionary and the various “style manuals” invented or revived for whenever Lady Hilary lied … “mis-spoke”.

  27. Kneel says:

    “It’s on the outer bounds of possibility”

    Sure, why not?
    Started in Wuhan.
    Happens to be a lab researching such virus’ in Wuhan.
    Said lab happens to be investigating gain of function.
    Said lab appears to have been funded by USA, where such research is banned as too dangerous.
    Funding agency was led by Fauci, who has personal patents from such such research (that’s not illegal, BTW)
    The source is supposed to be a specific bat, but there are no such bats within 1,000km of Wuhan.
    Supposed to have come from the Wuhan wet market, but no such bats were sold there.
    Three people who worked at said lab presented at a local hospital with an “unknown” disease in November 2019 (this was the info DJT said he “wasn’t allowed” to tell the media about when he was Prez).
    China refused to allow any such investigation for months (they may have “cleaned up” and made “official position” in such time).

    But…. nothing to see here, move along. Trust Fauci, he’s an “expert” you know. It’s “very unlikely” to have been that lab. Much more likely just a “freak of nature”.
    Sure.

  28. Damon says:

    Have you seen a bat? Bats fly and live in caves.
    Have you seen a pangolin? They live on the ground, or in burrows.
    They are covered in scales, yet a bat is supposed to have bitten, or breathed in the face of one.
    When you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth (Sherlock Holmes)

  29. Rex Mango says:

    So glad elephant tracker Dr Norman Swan has been on the Covid case now for 16 months & counting.

  30. Leo G says:

    And today they are telling us that the latest ‘cluster’ of non sick people ‘escaped’ from an Adelaide Medi Hotel when one customer briefly opened their door 12 MINUTES before another one did …

    Clearly a false narrative.
    Infection by aerosol inhalation implies a certain minimum concentration of virions in air over a period sufficient to counter the protections of innate (non-specific) immunity.
    Either there was a more intimate contact or there was some other vector of infection.

  31. duncanm says:

    Chris Kenny has a nice recap of the ABC’s previous position on the lab escape theory.

    Paul Barry is craptastic.

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