It was only going to be a matter of time when Dr. Anthony Fauci’s inconsistent reports on how to respond to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus would be openly criticized. The damn has finally broken.
Those who have questioned Fauci’s statements openly, however, have become the target of both the Main Stream Media and Fauci’s long list of allies. After all, he’s been around a long time and has been praised for his expertise in fighting infectious disease. He has worked with the federal response to AIDS, Ebola, the Zika virus and anthrax scares, and now of course, the novel coronavirus. But that doesn’t mean Fauci is infallible and it doesn’t mean he’s immune from questioning.
So when Peter Navarro, director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, penned his opinion editorial in USA Today Wednesday, it wasn’t surprising that the media came out in a vengeance against him to support Fauci.
Strangely, as a whole the media doesn’t like to question Fauci’s decision making. Why? Because Fauci, along with his Coronavirus Task Force team, made medical recommendations at the federal level that has turned our nation’s economy on its head, removed stability from our children through school closures and has put tens of millions of Americans in the unemployment line.
Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs, who has been openly critical of Fauci’s decision process to shut down the country Tweeted Wednesday that “the mainstream media upset that Fauci & Birx have undermined their own credibility over the past four months.”
“Notice that NO ONE in the mainstream media is questioning the content of the oped, but that the oped was published. Apparently no one can hold Fauci & Birx accountable,” he added.
Bigg’s is right. Read below and you’ll see what I mean. Navarro lays out the inconsistencies in Fauci’s statements and decision process and all the media cares about is who at the White House approved the editorial.
From Navarro’s USA Today Opinion Editorial
“Dr. Anthony Fauci has a good bedside manner with the public, but he has been wrong about everything I have interacted with him on.
In late January, when I was making the case on behalf of the president to take down the flights from China, Fauci fought against the president’s courageous decision — which might well have saved hundreds of thousands of American lives.
When I warned in late January in a memo of a possibly deadly pandemic, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases was telling the news media not to worry.
When I was working feverishly on behalf of the president in February to help engineer the fastest industrial mobilization of the health care sector in our history, Fauci was still telling the public the China virus was low risk.
When we were building new mask capacity in record time, Fauci was flip-flopping on the use of masks.
This is why so many people in the country are confused about the virus. I talk to people in my neighborhood, my friends, at the grocery store and strangers on the street and no one seems to have a consensus on the virus. Some people are terrified, while others are unsure if even wearing a mask will actually do anything.
This isn’t misinformation but the reality of what is happening in our country. The novel coronavirus is not only mysterious but it has, without any real understanding of how it operates, completely changed our nation.
So Navarro’s opinion about Fauci is not just his opinion, but the opinion of so many Americans. Most people are confused with all the different news and medical reports regarding the virulency of the virus. There are questions as to whether or not masks actually work, what type of mask would work and can the virus spread from an asymptomatic person to someone that may be more susceptible to the virus.
What’s wrong with asking questions and why should Navarro, or others, be vilified by the media for speaking their mind.
Instead, the media needs to be investigating. Reporters need to be asking the same questions and questioning Fauci on some of his wishy washy advice on ways to mitigate the virus.
Investigative journalists shouldn’t just be a mouthpiece for the ‘stay home, stay safe and healthy’ crowd, without getting the answers to how unsafe or unhealthy we really are at this point in time.
The Trump administration also needs to make sure that its task force gets the facts to the American people so that the decisions we make will be based on reality and not on fear.
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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.
After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.
Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”
“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”
Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”
A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”
Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.
In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”
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