Wednesday, June 02, 2021


To the non-right-wing media, this is just a mildly diverting human-interest story:
More than 3,200 pages of emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by BuzzFeed News — covering the period from January to June 2020 — provide a rare glimpse into how [Dr. Anthony] Fauci approached his job during the biggest health crisis of the last century, showing him dealing directly with the public, health officials, reporters, and even celebrities. (The Washington Post also received more than 800 pages of emails and published a story about them on Monday.)
BuzzFeed tells us that the emails "show how Fauci tried to keep Americans calm and develop an effective strategy despite conflicts with the Trump administration."
The emails reviewed by BuzzFeed News reveal him sparring over an antiviral drug with Ezekiel Emanuel, a former Obama administration health adviser, fielding questions about vaccines, and receiving an update from Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s plans for a coronavirus “information hub.”

...The records also lay bare Fauci's ambivalence toward his newfound celebrity status but also his embrace of a documentary crew who would tell his story. Additionally, the emails hint at the personal toll this past year has taken on him.
That's how this is being covered outside the fever swamps. In the swamps, the message is somewhat different:

Yes, it's a massive cover-up -- or Dr. Andersen might simply have come to a different conclusion after looking at more evidence, as he predicted he might. ("But we have to look at this much more closely and there are still further analyses to be done, so those opinions could still change.") According to the subsequent paper co-authored by Andersen, "the evidence shows that SARS-CoV-2 is not a purposefully manipulated virus... since we observed all notable SARS-CoV-2 features ... in related coronaviruses in nature, we do not believe that any type of laboratory-based scenario is plausible."

Much of the Western scientific community was skeptical about masks early on. That was a failing. But what Fauci says here is that masks sold to the general public can reduce the possibility that infected people can transmit the virus to others, which is the point of mask-wearing, given that transmission is frequently from people who don't know they're infected. (I remember what we said in 2020: "My mask is for you. Your mask is for me.")

I don't know what this shows and I don't think the right-wingers having conniption fits over it know, either. They're assuming the worst possible interpretation -- that the Wuhan lab was attempting to manipulate a coronavirus to see whether it coulds infect humans more effectively, that the U.S. was funding that research, that the COVID-19 virus was a product of that research, and the Fauci and the Chinese are jointly covering all this up -- but unlike the fever swampers, I'm not prepared to leap to that conclusion based on what's presented in this email exchange.

So this is what your right-wing relatives will soon be talking about. This is going to be a massive story on the right. And there won't be a counternarrative from the mainstream media for days or weeks, if ever. If there are other ways to interpret these alleged smoking guns, the MSM won't get around to telling us for a while.

By 2024, Republican presidential candidates will be promising to arrest Fauci. A favorite for the nomination is already leaning in that direction:

Meanwhile, if Republicans take one or both houses of Congress in 2022, there'll be as many hearings on all this as there were Benghazi hearings. Republicans believe that Fauci is history's greatest monster, and their plan is to make the rest of us believe that too.

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