(1) Bret Stephens' photo makes him look like a USA Network knockoff of Hugh Grant.
(2) Bret Stephens is using the "decidedly non-mainstream Joe Rogan podcast" to trash Vox.
(3) Bret Stephens is, in true Bret Stephens form, is leaning into "the Lab-Leak Theory" rather than noting Tom Cotton argued that a deliberate release shouldn't be ruled out and that "common sense is his guide", rather than any evidence or scientific evaluation.
(4) Bret Stephens is, in true Bret Stephens form, sidestepping the fact that the "lab leak theory" was pushed by Republicans as a reason to attack China, rather than help Americans:
Cotton wants American citizens to be able to sue Chinese officials for the economic and public health fallout from the pandemic and move production of key medical supplies to the United States from China. He says he will seek to attach that legislation to upcoming must-pass coronavirus bills, which could have the Senate debating China’s culpability in a matter of weeks.
And he’s stepping up his rhetoric too, asserting that “senior leaders in Beijing made a deliberate and calculated decision” to keep air travel flowing out of China. The Chinese government, he said, “did not want to see a relative diminution of their power as against the rest of the world, especially against the United States.”
So Bret Stephens, in archetypal "why the fuck is anyone reading the New York Times anymore" fashion, is attempting to make this a media problem, rather than discussing how the Republicans were so busy looking for a tank to shove their dicks into that they didn't even bother to close travel to and from China until a month after Tom Cotton decided that it was maybe/probably a deliberate release of a biological warfare agent.