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Hiltzik: ProPublica’s flop on COVID’s origins

Since its founding in 2007, the independently funded investigative organization ProPublica has exposed wrongdoing at all levels of government and shined a light on corporate misbehavior, collecting six Pulitzer Prizes in the process and securing a reputation for painstaking, accurate journalism. An article that ProPublica published Friday, pushing the claim that COVID-19 escaped from a …