NY Times Reporter deletes tweet claiming “lab leak theory” has “racist roots”

NY Times reporter Apoorva Mandavilli has deleted her tweet claiming that the COVID-19 “lab leak theory” has “racist roots.”

Mandavilli wrote “Someday we will stop talking about the lab leak theory and maybe even admit its racist roots. But alas, that day is not yet here.”

In a response to a critic, she then added defended her claim, tweeting “A theory can have racist roots and still gather reasonable supporters along the way. Doesn’t make the roots any less racist or the theory any more convincing, though.”

According to Fox News, Mandavilli temporarily de-activated her own Twitter account before now making her tweets “protected.”