Dr. Scott Atlas has joined the White House Coronavirus Task Force and President Trump’s pick quickly drew fire. CNN anchor Brianna Keilar claimed that Atlas, “clearly wouldn’t know science if it kicked him in the Atlas.” And as Matt Perez of Forbes explained, “Atlas is not an infectious disease expert.”
By contrast, the establishment media has been positively worshipful of Dr. Anthony Fauci, who prefers models to hard data and has been all over the place on the pandemic. It wasn’t a threat, until it was. Masks are of no value, but you need to wear them. A national lockdown is “inconvenient” but also causes “irreparable damage,” and opening up schools is dangerous. None of these claims set forth Fauci’s most controversial pronouncement, which came at a critical moment.
In January of 2017, the outgoing president, vice president Biden, and various cabinet members were unmasking Americans in the plot against General Flynn. The upper reaches of the FBI and DOJ were shifting from Midyear Exam to Crossfire Hurricane, the “insurance policy” should Trump get elected. Congressional Democrats and media allies were already gearing up the Russia probe.
Such were the conditions when, on January 10, 2017, days before Trump’s inauguration, Dr. Anthony Fauci addressed the “Pandemic Preparedness in the Next US Presidential Administration” gathering at Georgetown University. The participants included Obama “Ebola czar” Ronald A. Klain, who said Trump’s “virtual silence” on the Zika outbreak was “not the kind of leadership we need in our next president.” For his part, Fauci announced what the next president would face.
“There is no question that there will be a challenge to the coming administration in the arena of infectious diseases,” Fauci proclaimed. Such an ironclad prophecy might have raised some eyebrows, but the speaker quickly doubled down. “We will definitely get surprised in the next few years,” said Fauci, who had good reason to be sure of himself.
Fauci earned a medical degree but opted for a career in bureaucracy, where one can safely advance in spite of colossal mistakes. As Peter Duesberg explained in Inventing the AIDs Virus, Fauci was wrong about the cause of AIDS and the heterosexual breakout he predicted never took place. Even so, Fauci continued as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a post he has held since 1984.
Fauci’s bio shows no advanced degrees in molecular biology or biochemistry but the NIAID boss came to support “gain of function” research. According to the National Institutes of Health, this involves “manipulating viruses in the lab to explore their potential for infecting humans, because it creates a risk of starting a pandemic from accidental release.” Prominent scientists have criticized this work, which the Obama administration shut down in 2014.
The NIH ended the moratorium and in 2017 continued gain-of-function research with reviews conducted in secret. Fauci backed this research and supported a shift to a place even more off limits to scrutiny. As Fred Guterl of Newsweek reported in April, “Dr. Fauci Backed Controversial Wuhan Lab with U.S. Dollars for Risky Coronavirus Research.”
Dr. Fauci did not respond to Newsweek’s request for comment, and when asked whether China had been forthcoming about the pandemic, Angelo Codevilla noted, Fauci was deliberately deceptive. Back in 2017, on the other hand, there was “no question” a pandemic was coming, and “we will definitely get surprised.”
A YouTube video of the pronouncement begins with Democrats Stacey Abrams and Charles Schumer appealing for money. When Fauci comes on, his first words are, “there will be a surprise outbreak.” So embattled Americans have good cause to wonder what Fauci knew and when he knew it. To find out, conduct an investigation and get him in front of a committee, under oath.
The people have a right to see all the emails between Fauci, NIAID, NIH and the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The people have a right to know what Fauci is hiding behind that white lab coat, and at 79, the NIAID boss is long overdue for a full colonoscopy. So is another Biden favorite, the CDC’s Dr. Nancy Messonnier, a veteran of the vaunted Epidemic Intelligence Service that failed to prevent the Wuhan virus from arriving in America. Dr. Messonnier won’t answer questions about what China knew and when they knew it.
Dr. Scott Atlas, meanwhile (pictured above), earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago and from 1998 to 2012 served as chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center. CNN’s Brianna Keilar claims Atlas doesn’t know science, so Americans might wonder about her qualifications.
According to her bio, Keilar graduated from the University of California in 2001 with bachelors’ degrees in philosophy and mass communication. She has spent her entire career in the media. Matt Perez of Forbes, who claims Atlas is not an expert on infectious diseases, has a BA in journalism, specializes in video games, and “I also managed a YouTube gaming channel under the name strummerdood.”
According to Perez, Atlas “specializes in reading and interpreting imaging like X-rays, CT scans and MRIs.” That means he specializes in the interpretation of medical and scientific data, an ideal qualification to serve on the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Dr. Atlas wants kids back in school, and if embattled parents agree it would be hard to blame them.
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