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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institutes of Health and the White House’s top coronavirus official, has dismissed concerns about his emails, defended the NIH’s funding of the notorious Wuhan laboratory and claimed that Trump supporters resent him because they don’t “understand” his brand of so-called “science.”
Speaking Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House,” he faced no tough questions about the contents of his emails. Instead he was lavished with easy questions and, in some cases, outright sycophantic praise. However, he did briefly address his frequent flip-flopping as it pertains to masks and the lab leak theory.
“I was just trying to get the right information, to try and get the right data. What they didn’t seem to understand — I guess that it is understandable that they didn’t understand it — is that science is a dynamic process,” he said.
“So something that, you know, in January, you make a recommendation or a comment about it, but as you get more and more information, the information leads you to change because that is what science is — it is a self-correcting process. That is what I was trying to do, always tell the truth on the basis of what the data is. … It was never deliberately something against the president,” he added.
Instead of asking a single follow-up question, host Nicolle Wallace then chose to go ahead and dismiss any concerns about his emails.
“Well, the true mark of someone is if they look good even when their personal emails come out, so you pass the test very few of us would pass,” she sycophantically said.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, a fierce critic of “neocons” like Wallace, wasn’t surprised by the sycophancy.
Whatever your views of Fauci are, he’s been around DC a long time and understands how media functions. He picked the exact right show to go on when you’re facing difficult questions, knowing this interviewer is a former WH spokesperson who would do everything to protect him: https://t.co/2nnIUbYdlG
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 2, 2021
During another interview later that evening on “The Donlon Report,” a program on the relatively new subscription TV network NewsNation, Fauci defended himself by claiming his emails were likely being taken out of context.
“The only trouble is they are really ripe to be taken out of context where someone can snip out a sentence in an email without showing the other emails and say, ‘based on an email from Dr. Fauci, he said such-and-such,’ where you don’t really have the full context,” he said.
He also defended the NIH’s decision to send money to the Wuhan laboratory starting in 2014.
“The Wuhan lab is a very large lab, to the tune of hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars — the grant that we’re talking about was $600,000 over five years,” he said.
He added that he couldn’t “guarantee everything that’s going on in the Wuhan lab” but stressed that, regardless of the risks, it’s “our obligation as scientists and public health individuals to study the animal-human interface.”
The money was technically awarded to EcoHealth Alliance in 2014 but then funneled to Wuhan by the group’s founder, zoologist Peter Daszak. The problem is that evidence suggests the money was then used to perform controversial “gain of function” research.
This research is suspected to be behind the creation of the coronavirus and its leaking to the public and thus the triggering of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. This hasn’t been confirmed, but it hasn’t been debunked either, ergo why Fauci refuses to “guarantee” anything:
Tonight, guest host @LelandVittert goes one-on-one with Dr. Anthony Fauci. That and more, 7/6c on @NewsNationNow with. Find your local station here: https://t.co/96N8hjFOhg#SomethingToThinkAbout #TDR #TheDonlonReport #NewsNation pic.twitter.com/3MBpZHfUls
— The Donlon Report (@TheDonlonReport) June 2, 2021
The reason that concerns and — in fact — outrage have erupted over Fauci’s emails, which were published Wednesday by BuzzFeed and The Washington Post, is because his judgment calls were used to silence dissent, even when the dissent was scientifically accurate. In other words, he functioned as an oracle of truth, despite many of his ostensibly scientific assertions later being found to have been false.
The emails show that last spring he originally advised against wearing masks. They also show that he was thanked by Daszak at the time for dismissing the lab leak theory.
Thanks to people of influence such as Fauci dismissing the lab leak theory, it became a “conspiracy theory” that was silenced on social media. Except that a year later, it’s now known that the theory may very well be 100 percent correct.
An even bigger bombshell — one unrelated to the email dump — is that in 2012, Fauci wrote a piece for the American Society for Microbiology arguing that “gain of function” research is worth the risks. It’s not clear if he still feels that way.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 29, 2021
What’s known is that Fauci refuses to confirm or deny whether his own agency, the NIH, may have been responsible for funding the very research that some believe created the coronavirus and led to the past year’s pandemic.
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