Dr. Fauci says it is rather a lot simpler to work for a president who does not spit out misinformation
The newly authorized and exempted Dr. Anthony Fauci said Saturday that he was happy to work for a president who doesn’t repeatedly spew out misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic.
The country’s foremost infectious disease expert said he had been forced to correct misinformation from Donald Trump on several occasions, which left him in an awkward position.
“As a scientist, I felt like I had to stay true to myself and science to make sure that I had to correct that whenever there were things that I thought were misinformation,” Fauci said. “And there have been a number of cases of it.”
With Joe Biden in command now, Dr. Fauci, he has no concerns that science and data rule.
“You might feel like you could tell the truth, based on science, based on data, based on evidence, and you wouldn’t piss anyone off,” he said.
Dr. Anthony Fauci says that under Joe Biden, you could “tell the truth, based on science, based on data, based on evidence, and you wouldn’t piss anyone off.” pic.twitter.com/yOCZ0w38aQ
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Dr. Fauci said:
Obviously it wasn’t an easy situation. I’ve always spoken based on the data and the science. But obviously there was pressure to communicate this. And I took no pleasure in sometimes even publicly contradicting what he said with the president there, but I felt that as a scientist I had to be true to myself and to science to make sure that there were things that I thought it was could be misinformation that I need to correct this. And there have been a number of cases for that. It’s not a pleasant situation. But I had to do it because I felt that the only way to maintain not only my own credibility, but the credibility of the scientific enterprise, was to tell the truth all the time. But there was constant pressure that sometimes the truth upset some people. Not necessarily the President, but – including the President – some of the people around him. Not just for me, but there were some very good people on the coronavirus task force staff who were also in an even more difficult situation than me because they were politically appointed, and I had the advantage of not having a political officer be. But the bottom line, when I meant liberation, you could feel that you could tell the truth, based on science, based on data, based on evidence, and you wouldn’t piss anyone off. That was one of the things that was very difficult. It always had to wonder whether or not the president or certain senior officials would like it. And that is not the right thing to do. It just doesn’t work that way. It should be the facts, the facts, period.
The new president views COVID-19 as a public health emergency, not a PR crisis
Last year, the Trump White House viewed the coronavirus pandemic as a public relations crisis that they believed could find its way out of the market.
Because of this, leading health professionals like Dr. Fauci, who repeatedly tried to tell the terrible truth about the virus, was taken out of service.
Now that Joe Biden is taking quick steps at the White House to fight the virus and end this public health crisis, medics like Fauci are back in focus.
This is what it looks like when a White House allows public order to be dictated by science and data, not the president’s ego.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.