Dr. Anthony Fauci has made himself the personification of science. With his record as a celebrity bureaucrat, then, it’s no wonder that some people would criticize his performance. No wonder, that is, unless you’re Fauci himself.
Fauci is absolutely stunned that anyone would dare criticize him. “I've been the object myself of a phenomenal amount of hostility merely because I'm promoting what are really fundamental, simple public health principles,” he told Chelsea Clinton on a podcast. Meanwhile, on MSNBC, he cast himself as the one true spokesman of science. “If you are trying to get at me as a public health official and a scientist, you're really attacking, not only Dr. Anthony Fauci, you're attacking science.”
Who could have imagined that the camera-chasing lifelong bureaucrat who painted himself as an avatar of science while constantly misleading or even lying to the public would be subject to criticism?
And Fauci did mislead and lie. Repeatedly. In email correspondence in February 2020, he did not recommend masks to protect people from being infected by the virus and publicly told people not to wear them. Whether this was an example of the science changing or not is irrelevant because Fauci then decided to portray this not as him being wrong but as him nobly lying to preserve masks for front-line workers.
And that isn’t the only example. Fauci admitted to lying about the percentage of the population that would need to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity because, in his view, the country wasn’t ready to hear what he really thought. Fauci continued to wear a mask after being fully vaccinated and told Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul that it wasn’t “theater,” only to later admit that he didn’t want to send “mixed signals.”
Despite his contention to the contrary, Fauci did downplay the idea that the virus emerged from the Wuhan Institute of Virology and even now only argues that he was opposed to the straw man argument of the virus being a deliberately released bioweapon.
Fauci also continued to push lockdowns and mask mandates long after evidence showed that they were not necessary. He was confused that cases kept declining in Texas after lifting its mask mandate and desperately warned the state not to declare victory a full month later. Meanwhile, he praised the abysmal pandemic response of New York and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. If Fauci has made himself the personification of science, it’s no wonder that “science deniers” abound.
Fauci is not a victim of anything except his own arrogance. He made himself the final authority on all things related to the pandemic and continued to lie to get the outcomes he wanted. He posed for magazine shoots and went to baseball games when everyone else was barred from attending. He has been a disaster, and he clearly deserves most of the criticism that has been leveled at him.
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Original Author: Zachary Faria