Fake: Dr. Fauci has not been sacked and US has not yet admitted COVID-19 is man made
By Oneindia Correspondent| Published: Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 9:04 [IST]
New Delhi, June 22: Top American physician, Dr Anthony Fauci who is also the chief medical advisor to the US President has been in the news for several of his decisions regarding the health of the citizens amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Amidst this a post has gone viral claiming that Dr. Fauci has been sacked as the US government has accepted that COZVID-19 is a man made virus.
Being a scientist was not exactly fun during the height of the coronavirus pandemic in America. But somehow, even as cases and deaths are way down in the United States, the attacks on us are worse than ever.
Take Anthony Fauci, a punching bag for the far right since the earliest days of the outbreak. The “Fire Fauci Act,” a twisted piece of legislation first introduced by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene in April, gained additional Republican support this past week, now reaching at least a dozen House members.
That leaders of the GOP would go out of their way to reduce Dr. Fauci’s salary to zero and ultimately force his retirement must be examined for what it really is. This is no simple beef with someone who was frequently targeted by the administration and its allies under Donald Trump. It is, instead, a piece of a much larger and systematic anti-science project on the far right, one that is increasingly hard to separate from the Stop the Steal myth powering the right-wing fringe.
The attacks accelerated in the first half of 2020, when the Trump White House embarked on a deliberate anti-science disinformation campaign. The explicit language both from the president and his staff members: COVID-19 was a hoax, or else the death toll was a result of causes other than the virus. Hospital admissions reflected a catch-up in elective surgeries, and social distancing was discouraged in favor of promoting ridiculously low benchmarks for herd immunity. In response, many red-state governors prematurely relaxed social distancing and mask measures, stoking terrible waves of COVID-19 across southern states in the summer and the Midwest in the fall of 2020. Thousands lost their lives.
Also in the mix was the outrageous White House conspiracy that the Chinese Communist Party ignited the epidemic in the U.S, possibly by sending infected people into our country. Trump suggested he would fire Fauci—who he said disagreed with his Chinese travel ban—after the election, unleashing a steady stream of similar calls.
But it did not stop there. Dr. Peter Daszak, just to take one example—the head of the non-profit EcoHealth Alliance—has been routinely hounded by right-wing media as part of their fixation on the (still unresolved) Wuhan Lab Leak hypothesis. GOP Rep. Mike Gallagher has outrageously gone so far as to suggest Daszak may have conspired to block a fair probe of what happened. Scripps Research Institute virologist Kristian Andersen has had to deactivate his Twitter account due to similar aggression.
I’m also personally threatened by emails, phone calls, and on social media for my views on vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccinations. They mostly have far-right and even white nationalist leanings, telling me about impending attacks from “patriots,” some imbued with Nazi imagery. As one colleague eloquently said to me recently in a text: “It’s like a slow moving train coming right for us. We have more lethally armed extremists in the U.S. than anywhere, and GOP members of Congress are whipping them up right now.”
I agree with Dr. Fauci when he says that these personal attacks represent an assault on American science. But this targeting has even greater implications.
In the early 20th century, the Russian writer Maxim Gorky once commented that “without science, democracy has no future.” Josef Stalin understood this well and banished scientists to die or face execution in gulags during the time of the Great Purge of the 1930s, and in years afterwards. Stalin saw scientists as a threat to his ability to maintain the U.S.S.R. as a totalitarian state. Purging scientists was on his critical path to total control. It’s why also similar authoritarian government-led attacks on scientists are now happening in Brazil, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.
After becoming a top punching bag for the right, Dr. Anthony Fauci is defending himself with a sharp new edge, arguing that an attack on him is an attack on science.
What he’s saying: In comments to Kara Swisher on her New York Times “Sway” podcast, shared first with Axios, Fauci says: “It is essential as a scientist that you evolve your opinion and your recommendations based on the data as it evolves. … And that’s the reason why I say people who then criticize me about that are actually criticizing science.”
“[T]he people who are giving the ad hominems are saying, ‘Ah, Fauci misled us. First he said no masks, then he said masks,'” Fauci said on the podcast, which drops tomorrow. “Well, let me give you a flash. That’s the way science works. You work with the data you have at the time.”
- “It was not a change because I felt like flip-flopping. It was a change because the evidence changed, the data changed.”
- “[I]t isn’t a question of being wrong. It’s a question of going with the data as you have, and being humble enough and flexible enough to change with the data.”
After 37 years in his job, Fauci said puts “very little weight in the adulation, and very little weight in the craziness of condemning me.”
- “[I]t gets preposterous, and the thing that bothers you most of all is the impact it has on your family. “
- “I mean, getting death threats and getting your daughters and your wife threatened with obscene notes and threatening notes is not fun. So I can’t say that doesn’t bother me.”
- “The more extreme they get, the more obvious how political it is … ‘Fauci has blood in his hands.’ Are you kidding me? … Here’s a guy whose entire life has been devoted to saving lives, and now you’re telling me he’s like Hitler? You know, come on, folks. Get real.”