CNN host Michael Smerconish waxed poetic Saturday about how the origins of COVID-19 have been turned into a political football, despite his own network largely dismissing the Wuhan lab leak theory for months.

“Sadly, the origin of Covid-19 has become yet another of those issues where we suit up in our partisan armor before we have all of the facts,” Smerconish said, accompanied by the chyron, “Origin of COVID poisoned by politics.” “Smerconish calls out the politics of COVID-19 origin theories,” the title of Smerconish’s monologue on CNN.com read.

The host went on to challenge social media users and callers who have asked the question, “who cares?” about the virus’ origins, insisting that “he cares” because “there needs to be accountability.”

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