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Fauci claims he had ‘nothing to do with’ school closures

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, who recently announced he would be leaving his government post as White House chief medical adviser, “claimed innocence on the fallout from school shutdowns, namely dramatic learning loss among K-12 students, in an interview that aired Sunday” writes National Review.

In an interview with ABC News, Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House chief medical adviser and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAD) had the audacity to say he had nothing to do with school shutdowns.

Fauci was the nation’s chief immunologist during the global Covid-19 pandemic and the man who millions of people listened to on a daily basis to get new and updated information on the status of the virus and its efficacy. It’s impossible to imagine how he could think he had no responsibility in any area of safety; particularly school closures.

“Was it a mistake in so many states, in so many localities, to see schools closed as long as they were?” host Jonathan Karl asked Fauci.

“I don’t want to use the word ‘mistake’ John because if I do it gets taken out of the context that you’re asking me the question on,” Fauci replied.

“Could there be too high a price?” Karl clarified, referencing the dismal mental health crisis and failing academic performance that resulted.

“What we should realize, and have realized, is that there will be deleterious collateral consequences when you do something like that,” Fauci said. “The idea that this virus doesn’t affect children is not so. We’ve already lost close to 1500 kids so far.”

Karl interrupted, “But much less than the older population obviously.”

Fauci then claimed that he repeatedly suggested school districts to keep schools open as long as possible. “No one plays that clip. They always say ‘Fauci was responsible for closing schools.’ I had nothing to do [with it]. I mean, let’s get down to the facts,” he asserted.

National Review debunks Fauci, noting that “As late as September 2020, Fauci recommended that schools only open back up once the virus is ‘under control,’ he told CNN at the time.”

 

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Internal docs show Amazon censored books on vaccinations due to pressure from Biden White House

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Recently released internal Amazon emails reveal the company caved to pressure from the Biden White House to suppress available vaccine information.

Provided to the House Judiciary Committee, the emails light on the extent of the Biden White House’s influence over the retail giant regarding vaccine-related content. The emails disclose a concerning narrative of pressure from government officials to suppress information deemed unfavorable to their agenda.

Republican Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio took to Twitter to disclose the findings, stating that the emails reveal direct pressure from the White House on Amazon to censor books expressing views contrary to those endorsed by the administration. One email, albeit redacted, explicitly poses the question of whether the administration requested the removal of certain books, to which the answer was affirmative.

National Review highlights the successful efforts of the Biden administration in persuading Amazon to limit the visibility of titles skeptical of vaccine efficacy. White House senior adviser for Covid-19 response, Andrew Slavitt, expressed concerns about Amazon’s role in propagating what he termed as “misinformation” regarding vaccines. His emails illustrate a push for action to address what he perceived as a proliferation of dissenting views.

In response to Slavitt’s inquiries, Amazon initially hesitated to take overt action, fearing backlash from conservative media outlets. The company’s internal deliberations reflect a concern for public perception and the potential amplification of the issue if intervention were too conspicuous.

Despite initially refraining from manual intervention, Amazon eventually succumbed to pressure, engaging in discussions with White House officials. The company’s internal documents reveal deliberations on whether the administration sought outright book bans or alterations to search results. Amazon’s stance, as expressed in their meeting with the White House, emphasized the provision of diverse viewpoints and the distinction between online retail and social media platforms.

 

 

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