Keeping in mind Those Reporters Who Helped Cover for Anthony Fauci’s ‘Gain-of-Function’ Misdirection
A Wednesday letter from leading NIH authorities Lawrence Tabak exposed that Dr. Anthony Fauci was wrong– and Senator Rand Paul was ideal: The NIH did fund gain-of-function viral research study at the Wuhan Institute of Virology through the U.S. research study non-profit EcoHealth Alliance.
According to Tabak, a “limited experiment” funded by the NIH, and performed by EcoHealth Alliance, was carried out to see if “spike proteins from naturally taking place bat coronaviruses distributing in China were capable of binding to the human ACE2 receptor in a mouse model.” The modified infection made the mice it was tested in “sicker,” according to Tabak’s letter.
Fauci and Paul have actually sparred over Paul’s contention that the NIH had, through a grant provided to EcoHealth, funded gain-of-function research study on coronaviruses at the Chinese laboratory. Paul’s argument, that NIH money was utilized to make bat coronaviruses more hazardous and/or transmissible in human beings, has actually now been confirmed. And Fauci’s argument, that the research being done doesn’t constitute “gain of function” under the NIH’s narrow meaning, has been exposed as a semantic technique. The letter also vindicates Dr. Richard Ebright, who told National Review in May that the Wuhan research described in dripped grant proposals “characterizes” gain-of-function research.
Paul and his argument were pilloried not simply by Fauci– “you do not know what you are talking about,” “if anyone is lying here, Senator, it is you!” “… you are entirely and totally inaccurate, the NIH has never and does not now fund gain-of-function research study in the Wuhan Institute of Virology”– however likewise by numerous in the media who reflexively sided with Fauci:
CNN’s Brianna Keilar, May 2021: “Absolutely nothing brings out Senator Paul’s propensity to act like an ass like a congressional appearance by Fauci, which is actually stating something … Like Elvis’s Kentucky rain, Rand Paul’s COVID BS keeps putting down, and it suffices to fill the swimming pool in the Senate health club.”
Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler, May 2021: “We fluctuated between Two and 3 Pinocchios, but picked Two, due to the fact that there still are enough questions about the work at the Wuhan lab to necessitate more scrutiny, even if the NIH connection to possible gain-of-function research study appears so far to be elusive.” Kessler went on to allege that Paul, not Fauci, had actually developed a “incorrect, deceptive impression by playing with words and using legalistic language that suggests little to normal people.”
CNN’s Jake Tapper, July 2021: “I desire to start with another kind of false information, the consistent MAGA media and Republican lawmakers’ attacks on health experts, particularly Dr. Anthony Fauci. Today on Capitol Hill, Fauci was challenged with an allegation basically from Kentucky Republican politician Senator Rand Paul … I do not wish to get into the details of what Senator Paul was assaulting there and all that, but simply the bigger image here as a health expert we keep seeing this. Trump allies in Congress and guvs’ offices and the media attempting to make Fauci a COVID boogeyman. This is a 40-year public servant, he got the governmental medal of freedom …”
MSNBC’s Ari Melber, July 2021, accepting Fauci’s characterization of Paul’s comments: “Slanderous. Intriguing, yeah and I can comprehend it. These are really serious concerns that people are dealing with.”
MSNBC’s Steve Benen, July 2021: “Rand Paul keeps doing this, apparently under the impression that there’s some worth to the meaningless workouts … The overarching problem seems relatively simple: the former ophthalmologist genuinely appears to think that he has distinct and important insights, which releases him to reject the assessments of actual experts … Is it any wonder that Anthony Fauci appears exasperated with Rand Paul?”
CNN’s Brian Stelter, July 2021, while flashing tweets from Paul on screen: “These GOP lawmakers’ minds are made up, as they call for Fauci’s resignation, thereby developing more material for GOP TELEVISION.”
White Home press secretary Jen Psaki, September 2021: “NIH has actually never approved any research that would make a coronavirus more unsafe to human beings.”
While Tabak took pains to rule out the possibility that the particular research described in his letter spawned COVID-19, mentioning genetic distinctions between the viral pressures, he likewise conceded that EcoHealth was not transparent with the NIH. Rather than instantly notifying the NIH that they had actually successfully bound a bat coronavirus to a human receptor, as they were required to, the Wuhan researchers concealed that truth up until August 2021, a year and a half into the pandemic.
So, it’s possible that Tabak, Fauci, and their NIH coworkers were simply unaware of what was being finished with taxpayer dollars in Wuhan.
Specialists like Ebright have been arguing for months that Paul was proper and that Fauci was playing semantic video games. Yet our most prominent media personalities neglected them.
CNN’s homepage does not currently acknowledge the letter, instead leading with the story “Liberal Reaction Against Sinema Grows.”
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Published at Thu, 21 Oct 2021 18:03:54 +0000