I agree with you, NYT is not perfect (nobody is perfect). Most of the time, I trusted their reports… most of time, including their news on China, until recently. As Nathan Rich said, he used to think that NYT is “fact based, logical, and representing truth somehow”. Actually, I admired and respected NYT for being the only mainstream Western media who dared to report about the shutdown of the US Army Lab in Fort Detrick, Maryland due to safety concerns (link to article: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/05/health/germs-fort-detrick-biohazard.html). The biodefence center have had problems with decontamination of wastewater as well as leaks within the lab, and it was closed August 2019. The incident became the basis of suspicion from China, that it had infected army personnel who participated in the Wuhan World Military Games in October 2019 (which in turn infected locals in Wuhan, and the rest is history). Moreover, during September 2019, severe flu epidemic was sweeping across the US. Then last month, CDC Director Robert Redfield dropped a bomb admitting in Senate that some of the flu deaths may be coronavirus-related. The US restricting information on the coronavirus is not helping either https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...ronavirus-deliberations-sources-idUSKBN20Y2LMSorry, while the New York Times is not perfect, I’m not gonna take Nathan Rich’s word for it.
Trump is the one pushing the narrative that it’s a Chinese virus, going so far as insisting that a G7 statement should call it the “Wuhan Virus”. His fanatical followers (roughly 40% of U.S. population) then puts the blame on the whole situation in USA on China and Chinese people. When his incompetence makes the disaster worse, he always blames somebody else, preferably foreigners. The Chinese are his target today, but he’s been blaming Mexicans and Muslims before.