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Dr. Anthony Fauci’s just-released government emails confirm that, during the height of the pandemic when former President Donald Trump was still in office, he had indeed communicated “on a nightly basis” with anti-Trump CNN commentator Chris Cuomo.
This first became known last May when, while speaking with Fauci on CNN, Cuomo expressed his gratitude to the National Institutes of Health director for having looked out for him when he’d contracted the coronavirus earlier that spring.
“I have spoken to you, almost without exception, every day. And you have been calling me out of personal concern to make sure that I was ok, my wife was ok, my son was ok. Eleven O’Clock at night. Later. Waiting for my show to end. Saturday. Sunday,” he said.
It turned out that two had been friends since Cuomo was “almost a kid,” according to Fauci.
“I was worried about you, that’s the reason why I kept calling. You were going through some difficult times,” he told the left-wing CNN host.
While @ChrisCuomo and his family were sick with coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci called them almost every day to check in on their health.
“You’re a friend… I care about you… but I was worried about you,” Fauci tells Cuomo. pic.twitter.com/VRkeX4ifTV
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) May 5, 2020
Fox News contributor Joe Concha of The Hill has some questions about this bizarre love affair between the two Democrat-aligned men.
“You had Dr. Fauci checking in with CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on a nightly basis while this pandemic was raging. … Why is Dr. Fauci, during a raging pandemic, calling a Democratic activist who plays an anchor on TV on a nightly basis when that anchor was still healthy enough to do his program?” he asked Thursday on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”
“If that was his priority, I give him zero wiggle room when it comes to that because it shows that Dr. Fauci was seeing things through a political prison and two-thirds of Americans agree with me on that, according to a Rasmussen poll,” he added.
This is true.
“Forty percent (40%) of voters say that over the past year they have become less confident in Fauci’s COVID-19 recommendations. … Nearly two-thirds of voters (65%) believe political considerations have influenced Fauci’s decisions and public statements about the COVID-19 pandemic, including 40% who think political considerations have had a lot of influence on him,” Rasmussen reported late last month.
Concha’s questions about Fauci’s chummy relationship with Cuomo were just a few of many that have surfaced ever since the White House official’s government emails were published Wednesday by BuzzFeed News and The Washington Post.
“I think the first question that needs to be asked here about this trove of emails is which portrait of Dr. Fauci do they paint?” Fox News host Gillian Turner asked.
“Is he this reluctant media hero thrust into the spotlight by former President Trump, or is he a very savvy political operator who sort of took the reins and managed Washington’s response to the pandemic?” she added.
Listen to her discussion with Concha below:
Concha agreed with the direction she was going with her line of questioning.
“Let’s think about what these emails revealed. It shows that Fauci was cognizant of a possible lab leak. It also shows Dr. Fauci arguing that retail masks may not be very effective in protecting people from COVID. But most importantly, it gives two examples of Fauci sharing documents as they relate to ‘gain of function’ contradicting his testimony to Sen. Rand Paul not too long ago,” he said.
Meanwhile, anyone who contradicted Fauci’s alleged wisdom was censored on social media.
“Facebook censored any post that suggested that COVID was man-made, that it happened in a lab. Many in media last year portrayed anybody who suggested this, such as Sen. Tom Cotton or Donald Trump, as a conspiracy theorist,” Concha said.
Turner responded by asking whether Fauci deserves a break.
“How much wiggle room do you give Dr. Fauci or any public health official when you enter a situation like this that is unprecedented, that is a global crisis? People don’t have answers, they are scrambling. Do you make some allowances for getting things wrong for maybe being wishy-washy?” she said.
Concha acknowledged her point but then pivoted both to Fauci’s interactions with Cuomo and also his just-announced decision to write a book.
His overall point was that it seemed as if Fauci’s attention and focus was on all the wrong things. Yet this didn’t stop him from being lionized by Democrats and their media allies. Nor has it prevented them from continuing to worship at his altar.
Just look at how CNN reported the bombshell news about his emails this week:
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 2, 2021
FYI, CNN is the same network where Fauci’s strangely close buddy works.
There are some fascinating revelations from this trove of Fauci emails. Watch who reports on those revelations, and how, and you’ll see all you need to know about the current state of US journalism. https://t.co/1HBvtfLt2j
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 2, 2021
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