Anthony Fauci’s record of attacking dissenters and suppressing the truth.
By Lloyd Billingsley, FPM
Long before he attained celebrity status with the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Anthony Fauci pioneered what is now called “cancel culture.” The victim was a medical scientists far more qualified than Fauci himself.
Anthony Fauci earned a medical degree but his bio shows no earned PhD in molecular biology or biochemistry. In 1984 as head National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Fauci contended that AIDS was caused by a virus known as HIV. Peter H. Duesberg, professor of molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley, found no scientific evidence for that claim.
As he explained in his magisterial Inventing the AIDS Virus, HIV is “one of the many harmless passenger viruses that cause no clinical symptoms during the acute infection, ” and Duesberg was hardly alone. Scientists challenging the HIV-AIDS hypothesis included Nobel laureate Kary Mullis; Charles Thomas, former professor of microbiology at Harvard; and biologist and science historian Robert Root-Bernstein, author of Rethinking AIDS.
Unable scientifically to refute Duesberg, Fauci did his best to control the narrative and “cancel” the distinguished medical scientist. In 1988 the MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour sent camera crews to interview Duesberg but the PBS show pulled the interview and replaced it with a short segment of Fauci attacking Duesberg.
In 1989, Fauci complained in an editorial that Duesberg’s ideas were getting too much publicity. ABC’s “Good Morning America” flew Duesberg to New York for an in-studio interview. That same evening, the Berkeley professor got word that the interview had been cancelled. When viewers tuned in, they saw Dr. Anthony Fauci.
The NIAID boss also bragged about killing Duesberg’s interview with Italian television during a conference. In 1993 Fauci tried unsuccessfully to get Duesberg cancelled from the ABC “Day One” program. In 1994, Ted Koppel of ABC’s “Nightline” agreed to give Duesberg a hearing, but when the show finally aired, there was Fauci once again. As Duesberg said in his magisterial Inventing the AIDS Virus, Fauci was the government mouthpiece for “AIDS thought control.”
While canceling Duesberg, Fauci actively promoted ACTUP founder Larry Kramer, who claimed that AIDS had nothing to do with toxic drugs and unsafe sex and everything to do with lack of spending by the federal government. Fauci pushed for billions in spending, all based on the HIV hypothesis. The government medical establishment, Duesberg explained, stifles dissent and “such a process can no longer be called science, which by definition depends on self-correction by internal challenge and debate.”
Fauci networked with pharmaceutic giant Burroughs Wellcome and recommended azidothymidine, also known as AZT and marketed under the names Zidovudine or Retrovir. In 1989, Fauci’s NIAID conducted trials on pregnant mothers injected with HIV. As Duesberg noted, “A drug that interferes with growth can lead only to physical deformities in babies developing in the womb.” NIAID recruited mothers who had been injected drug addicts, so “apparently Fauci believes heroin addiction poses less of a threat to children than does HIV.”
Fauci also warned that AIDS would ravage the heterosexual community. Such an outbreak never happened, as Michael Fumento explained in The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS. Even so, Anthony Fauci continued as NIAID boss and in 2020 gained fame as a member of the coronavirus task force. One of the few to call him out was Angelo Codevilla, in “Fauci is a Deep State Fraud.” What could the former Navy officer, Boston University professor and Senate Intelligence Committee staffer possibly mean by that?
“I knew for sure that Anthony Fauci is a fraud after listening to him for about 10 seconds,” Codevilla explained, “as anyone who listens carefully would have known as well.” Fauci’s NIAID had partially financed the notorious Wuhan laboratory, so “Fauci knew a lot.” When a reporter asked if Fauci agreed with President Trump that the Chinese had not been forthcoming about the scope of the pandemic, Fauci answered that, though lacking candor in previous years, this time they turned over “the sequence of the virus.”
On that score, Fauci was correct, but the question was about the contagion, the fatality rate and such, and that is what the Chinese dissembled and lied about. As Codevilla explains, “Fauci’s answer artfully deceived the audience into believing the opposite of the truth.”
Of all the labs in all the world, why does NIAID need to fund Wuhan? What did Dr. Fauci know, and when did he know it? That should interest government investigators, who could subpoena Dr. Fauci’s emails to the Wuhan lab and WHO boss Tedros. According to Fauci the slavishly pro-China Tedros is a “really an outstanding person.” As it happens, Dr. Fauci holds similar views of himself.
“With all due modesty, I think I’m pretty effective,” Fauci told interviewer Norah O’Donnell of CBS in a July 15 interview with InStyle. “I certainly am energetic. And I think everybody thinks I’m doing more than an outstanding job.” Prominent Democrats agree.
“If I’m elected,” Joe Biden proclaims, “I’ll immediately reach out to Dr. Fauci and ask him to continue his incredible service to our country.”