New York Times columnist Bret Stephens targeted Dr Anthony Fauci on Tuesday amid the Biden administration’s efforts to tackle so-called “disinformation” about coronaviruses.
In an article titled “Covid Disinformation Comes from the Top, too,” Stephens pointed out that the “disinformation saga” goes beyond “charlatans peddling bogus medicine and political conspiracy theories”, highlighting the recent fiery clash that Fauci had with Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., to find out whether the U.S. government funded gain-of-office research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology that may have led to the coronavirus outbreak.
“Fauci is almost certainly right on the technical merits… But the larger truth – obscured until recently by fervent efforts (including by Fauci) to dismiss the theory of laboratory leaks for the origins of the pandemic – is that the “The US government science establishment has supported job gain research that deserves far more public debate than it has had,” Stephens wrote. “It is also indisputable that the recipients of this funding engaged in deceptive tactics and outright lie to shield their research from public scrutiny while denouncing their detractors as conspirators. “
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He pointed to Vanity Fair’s explosive report last month which revealed State Department officials were ordered not to explore Wuhan lab’s gain-of-duty research because “it would draw unwanted attention to US government funding. “
“If millions of people think that some public health experts are not as heroic or honest as their media reporters claim, there is a good reason for that,” Stephens wrote.
The Times columnist then questioned Fauci about his comments on collective immunity, insisting that he had “lied” “about what he considered to be the threshold figure” because, according to Fauci’s interview with the Times in December, because of “his gut feeling that the country is finally ready to hear what it really thinks.” He also listed the CDC’s misguided overestimation of the outdoor spread of COVID and its study which claimed that black and Hispanic children were “at greater risk of being hospitalized,” which has become a contributing factor to the closings of COVID. schools despite consistent evidence that schools have never been a super-broadcaster for children.
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“The impact of this disinformation on daily life has been immense… The credibility of public health experts depends on understanding that the job of educating the public means offering the whole truth, including uncertainties, rather than offering Noble Lies. in the service of anything. they think the public needs to hear, ”Stephens argued.
He concluded, “So, by all means, let’s continue to expose and denounce the misinformation coming from the fever swamps of Alternative America. But that won’t do enough good until the gatekeepers of public health stick to a higher level of truthfulness and accountability. “Doctor, get well. “