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The New York Times Allows Fauci to Escape Ownership for Covid Policy Catastrophes

The New York Times Allows Fauci to Escape Ownership for Covid Policy Catastrophes

The basic premise: Fauci had an impossible job…so, sure, mistakes were going to be made.

In the wake of the clear failure of all the covid pandemic policies to stop the spread of the disease, as well as the significant social problems that have occurred because of prolonged lockdowns and media hysteria, the complicit American media has endeavored to push “pandemic amnesty” for the policymakers who were the authors of this disaster.

To that end, The New York Times columnist David Wallace-Wells interviewed former White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci. The basic premise: Fauci had an impossible job…so, sure, mistakes would be made.

Let’s forgive, forget, and move on! Besides, it’s all our fault.

It was, perhaps, an impossible job. Make one man the face of public health amid an unprecedented pandemic, in a country as fractious as the United States, and there were bound to be disappointments and frustrations, and they were bound to get personal.

The NYT then treats us to incoherent ramblings that mix blame deflection, gaslighting, and cognitive dissonance. Let’s start by looking at Fauci’s opinion on masks and how hard it was to get a “coherent message out.”

Fauci: The divisiveness was palpable, just in trying to get a coherent message across of following fundamental public-health principles. I understand that there will always be differences of opinion among people saying, “Well, what’s the cost-benefit balance of restriction or of masks?” But when you have fundamental arguments about things like whether to get vaccinated or not — that is extraordinary.

Early in the course of the pandemic, Fauci initially indicated that masks were ineffective and unnecessary. Then, based on a combination of political messaging and poorly designed experiments, he asserted that masks would protect the wearer and help halt the spread of the disease.

Then, Fauci began advocating for double masks. This guidance earned him a rebuke from infectious disease experts.

Not only was this messaging incoherent, but the mask mandates likely had negative health consequences that could only be fully realized now.

Face masks may raise the risk of stillbirths, testicular dysfunction and cognitive decline in children, ‘explosive’ new research suggests.

A review of dozens of studies on face coverings suggested they can cause mild carbon dioxide poisoning when worn over long periods.

…Alluding to the surge in stillbirths during the pandemic, the German researchers said: ‘Circumstantial evidence exists that popular mask use may be related to current observations of a significant rise of 28 percent to 33 percent in stillbirths worldwide.’

‘[And] reduced verbal, motor, and overall cognitive performance of two full standard deviations in scores in children born during the pandemic,’ the researchers wrote in the paper, published in the journal Heliyon.

One of the other topics in this interview was the school lockdowns. Fauci avoids any accountability for this policy.

“Show me a school that I shut down and show me a factory that I shut down. Never. I never did,” Fauci said when asked about the consequences of “heavy-handed” public health policies in a New York Times interview published Tuesday. “I gave a public health recommendation that echoed the CDC’s recommendation, and people made a decision based on that. But I never criticized the people who had to make the decisions one way or the other.”

True, he did not order the lockdowns directly. However, he pushed covid hysteria and dire predictions related to the consequences of infection hard so that teacher unions demanded lockdowns and long-term mask mandates. An excellent example of this tactic is Fauci’s ginning-up worry as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis prepared to open the state’s businesses and schools in April 2020.

“If you have a situation where you don’t have a real good control over an outbreak and you allow children together, they will likely get infected,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during the daily news briefing of the White House coronavirus task force.

Fauci blamed the poor policy results on American political divisiveness and achieved only a 68% vaccination rate. He then switches gears when Wallace-Wells points out that many other nations also failed to contain and control the virus.

Yeah, you’re probably onto something there, David. I remember a public conversation I was having about the importance of a very effective degree of preparedness — how much it will allow you to escape significant damage from an outbreak. And I remember saying, depending on the transmissibility, morbidity and mortality of a particular pathogen, that sometimes no matter how well you are prepared, you are going to get a lot of hurt. This was one of those outbreaks.

And you’re absolutely right. When you look around, nobody did great, except maybe one or two countries. Most everybody did poorly. Even those countries that had no political divisiveness the way we had, they did poorly. There were gaps and inadequacies in both preparedness and response that varied among different nations.

Perhaps the most chilling part of the interview comes when it is suggested that shutting down the nation sooner and tighter would have led to better results.

Fauci: I don’t know. It is conceivable that we would’ve ultimately been in the same situation. And would we have been able to shut down the economy? Would the country have accepted it, when you had a handful of cases and one death? I’m not saying that’s a reason not to do it — we should have, probably, if we knew what we know now. But with just a few cases, I don’t know if we would’ve gotten the country to shut down.

Unfortunately for the NYT, Fauci, and others who crave “pandemic amnesty,” many of us have all the receipts and will counter the attempted revisions to history.


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Fauci needs to be prosecuted for failing to “follow the science” and keeping the whole truth from the world. He is likely not much better than Hitlers Dr Menegle. His face should have a prominent place on a wall of shame.

TY Leslie,,. Fauci is one smug bstrd. SOP, no accountability. What I have been left with is a profound distrust of the CDC, and most MSM outlets that just happily hopped on that pandemic bandwagon. Fauci got up on a mile high pedestal and lied, good people bought his bs, and now they are suffering. The NYT is just proving what a bunch of quislings have on their staff.

    MosesZD in reply to amwick. | April 27, 2023 at 12:21 pm

    The worst part of this is that Fauci was the same during the first decade of the AIDS/HIV epidemic, and his failures cost many lives. The worst failure was AZT which helped nobody, but killed a lot of people.

    Then there was the time when he said you could catch AIDS if you lived in the same house, which we knew was not true. But he said it anyway because he thought that the virus could not passed-on during pregnancy when, in fact, it could. And when a baby tested positive, he went off the rails, scaring the shit out of millions.

    Then he lied about all of this and more.

Suburban Farm Guy | April 26, 2023 at 7:46 am

Fauci’s virus did exactly the job it was sent in to do: make the poor poorer and the rich richer, increase the cool kids’ Maoist stranglehold on culture and society’s levers of power, induce panic, fear and hysteria to train in a habit of meek submission to government mandates, however totalitarian but otherwise senseless, change election rules — hell, eliminate rules outright from voting altogether, and most importantly, GET DONALD TRUMP. Out of office at minimum.

They’ll be giving the Soviet Medal of Honor to Fauci someday for his indispensable contribution to the Great Takeover.

Steven Brizel | April 26, 2023 at 8:43 am

Public policy on dealing with the lockdown should never have been delegated to a bureaurat whose focus is solely on his institutuional agenda and covering up , lying about and denying his own mistakes-especially in enabling the lab in Wuhan to develope the virus in the first place

It must be nice to be a leftist. Despite being frequently wrong, they are never in doubt about their ideas. To them the only reason anything they do fails is because it did not go far enough. Lockdowns failed? Clearly the answer was more rapid and strict lockdowns? And the same for welfare, government schools, gun control, etc., etc. They always prescribe more of the same, never questioning the policy itself.

No amnesty for Fauci, the bureaucracy filled with Fauci Fascists nor the political leadership that enabled this travesty to be imposed upon the Nation. The totalitarian leftists used the cover generated by the false Covid emergency to:
1. crush small businesses and enrich big business
2. usher in a beta test of social compliance monitoring
3. severely impact a generation of Student’s education
4. game the rules for the 2020 election and beyond
5. divide us into categories of vaxed v unvaxed and essential workers v nonessential workers
6. literally kill off Seniors in community care facilities by forcing them to admit Covid positive cases into a vulnerable population
7. wreck the supply chain
8. use temporarily decreased fuel demand from their smothering the economy as cover for more ‘clean energy’
9. enrich themselves with sweetheart contracts and special carve outs for preferred industries and business

Lots more but we must never forget who did this. More importantly don’t forget the very few political leaders who stood firm against this onslaught and those political leaders who allowed it, encouraged it and enabled it.

You know who else had a tough job? Pol Pot. Let’s cut him some slack.

nordic prince | April 26, 2023 at 11:50 am

“…reduced verbal, motor, and overall cognitive performance of two full standard deviations in scores in children born during the pandemic”

Two full SD in reduction of cognitive performance is huge. That’s basically the equivalent of the bottom 2% of the general population.

The societal implications of this cannot be emphasized enough.

Fauci is no one to look up to. He lacks character. Even with an impossible job, how hard is it to be honest? Fauci has shown he isn’t. The guy deserves to be punished for deceiving about gain of function and the lab leak, and for his acts to hurt others that saw things differently. No wonder he’s a hero to progressives.

Fauci maintained the mask mandates were about demonstrating that the CDC was the final authority when the CDC determined there was a health concern. Above the President, the courts and the Constitution itself. This is the hubris of all government agencies, down to the pencil sharpening subagency of pencil acquisition agency at the Pentagons subdepartment for office supplies, second floor.

But we need our Nuremberg trials and hangings for the ones that are found guilty

The double masks. How fitting for a fraud. Yet another honored Cornellian. I wonder if he’ll be in attendance for ‘committed to advocacy’ comedian commencement speaker in May. Birds of a feather. Professor Jacobson, perhaps you could use your contacts to reserve a front row seat for Rudy G.

BierceAmbrose | April 26, 2023 at 3:19 pm

You can tell who’s on what team when you see who they close ranks with. NYT used to claim to be “the nation’s newspape”, with “all the news that’s fit to print.” They’be been Pravda On The Hudson for a while. Sad.

There is no human concept of the awful pain to which this horrid dwarf should be subjected in Hell. For eternity.

Steven Brizel | April 27, 2023 at 8:40 am

Fauci’s comments throughout the pandemic demonstrate why public policy should never be delegated to a bureaucrat who can’t ;look beyond his own bailiwick and continually covers up and lies about his mistakes in judgment

Fauci might feel better with NYT’s supporting him by claiming he had an “impossible job”. However, he became a tyrant and ruined the lives of so many by causing unnecessary deaths, physical harm and financial destruction, The man should be prosecuted along with so many others who foisted the fraudulent pandemic on the world.

Quite Confused | April 27, 2023 at 11:39 am

Textbook false dichotomy

“It was, perhaps, an impossible job. Make one man the face of public health amid an unprecedented pandemic, in a country as fractious as the United States, and there were bound to be disappointments and frustrations, and they were bound to get personal”

Apart from the fact that the role of public face is one that is directly tied to the success or failure of what is being faced, in this case u.s. chinavirus public policy, and just as success awards the public face the Lions share of credit failure makes a scapegoat of the public face a risk it would appear f-me was well compensated for filling it also should go without saying that nobody is trying to hold mother teresa’s brat solely responsible for all of that
We expect far more heads to role over this than just fauci’s and to suggest otherwise while simultaneously downplaying the actions as merely failed attempts at instituting public policy measures in the face of a hopeless situation suggesting said policy steps were otherwise reasonable and propped and would have been effective if implemented sooner and with greater firmness when much of the policies were plainly in contradiction of the science and other public policy measures some of which violated u.s. law and human rights is more than simply disingenuous or even partisan willingness to overlook failures and spin public perception attempting to avoid accountability This is a reframing of the issue that doubles down on everything that took amnesty off the table in the first place and elevated this issue to a level beyond that of policy makers trying to do their best in the face of a bad situation and with limited and poor information at the time of making what hindsight later showed was the wrong call to criminal accountability when it became apparent that many of the worst calls were made despite having objective information clearly indicating that a public policy measure would not improve public health or reduce the intensity of the pandemic yet were implemented anyway and that the only failures in this weren’t the draconian overreach and abuse of authority in violation of established law and human rights instead it was in making any deference to human rights and existing law at all and in not abandoning the rule of law sooner and more completely and that’s what elevated this from bad propaganda posing as journalism to a piece of purposed PR that the author should be made culpable for right along side f-me and his cadre of evil clownworld bureaucrats trying to normalize their corruption like a kitten trying to cover its mess on the linoleum like it’s a litter box before demanding My pot pie like the bad kitty it is
Please try and be more careful in the future
Somebody get that cat outta here

Please stop commenting on the NYT. The NYT is meaningless. The Washington Post too.