Fauci’s insufferable first-person rant sparks outrage: If you attack ‘Dr. Anthony Fauci, you are attacking science’

Dr. Anthony Fauci has had it with the mounting criticism he faces, mainly from conservatives, following the public release of thousands of his emails related to the pandemic.

Fauci joined Chuck Todd on MSNBC’s “MTP Daily” Wednesday in an attempt to address the allegations against him following revelations in those emails. To hit back at his detractors, the latest among them being Sen. Marsha Blackburn, Fauci claimed that any attack on him is really an attack on science.

Blackburn released a video on Twitter hammering Fauci for coordinating with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on pandemic public messaging and response. The Tennessee Republican explained that Fauci had been communicating with Zuckerberg via email “trying to create that narrative” surrounding the virus. 

The Senator went on to say that Fauci and Zuckerberg were “cherrypicking information so that you would only know what they wanted you to know.”

Blackburn concluded, claiming that their contrived narrative was designed to fit with that carefully hand-selected information. 

Fauci fired back on the weekday “Meet the Press” program, saying he didn’t have a clue what Blackburn said. 

“I don’t want to be pejorative against a United States senator but I have no idea what she’s talking about. And you know Chuck, if you go through each and every one of the points which are so ridiculous, just painfully ridiculous, if you go through each and every one of them, you can explain and debunk it immediately,” he continued.

Fauci did not immediately go through each of these claims to debunk them, instead claiming that the attacks on him are attacks on science:

“It’s very dangerous, Chuck, because a lot of what you’re seeing as attacks on me, quite frankly, are attacks on science. Because all of the things that I have spoken about consistently from the very beginning have been fundamentally based on science. Sometimes those things were inconvenient truths for people, and there was pushback against me.”

 

Fauci concluded his defense of himself saying, “So if you are trying to get at me as a public health official and scientist, you’re really attacking not only Dr. Anthony Fauci, you are attacking science. And anybody that looks at what is going on clearly sees that. You have to be asleep not to see that.”

Blackburn responded to Fauci’s rebuttal last night in a press statement, doubling down on her initial stance.

Dr. Fauci should have learned in science class that you need evidence to support a claim,” she said. “Fauci was once again evasive and dishonest. Rather than conduct a serious interview, Chuck Todd downplayed the concerns of the American people. We have had enough of that from the media over the past 15 months. I stand by my tweet.”

The emails Blackburn referenced between Zuckerberg and Fauci contradict Fauci’s defense: 

Zuckerberg: “This isn’t public yet, but we’re building a Coronavirus Information Hub that we’re going to put at the top of Facebook for everyone (200+ million Americans, 2.5 billion people worldwide) with two goals: (1) make sure people can get authoritative information from reliable sources and (2) encourage people to practice social distance and give people ideas for doing this using internet tools. This will be live within the next 48 hours. As a central part of this hub, I think it would be useful to include a video from you because people trust and want to hear from experts rather than just a bunch of agencies and political leaders.”

Fauci: “Your idea and proposal sound terrific. I would be happy to do a video for your hub,” Fauci said. “We need to reach as many people as possible and convince them to take mitigation strategies seriously or things will get much, much worse. Also, your idea about [REDACTED] is very exciting.”

Fauci’s self-proclaimed vindication through science drew notable backlash on Twitter.

“Ummm… errr… no,” Megyn Kelly tweeted in response to the video clip.

Fox News host Steve Hilton leveled a scathing rebuke, tweeting “no Dr Fauci you arrogant, out-of-control narcissist,” and adding that “establishing whether your Gain of Function experiments in Wuhan started the pandemic is not ‘attacking science’ – it IS science.”

Hilton added that “your indignation suggests you know you’re guilty.”

Kay Apfel

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