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Spinning Fauci like a toy top

Spinning Fauci like a toy top

Dr. Anthony Fauci is the numero uno of medical authorities according to the news media.  Not only do they “report” on his comments, but they promote him as the most dependable, knowledgeable and accurate authority on the Covid-19 pandemic.  He is cast as the national hero.

The second most prominent authority is Dr. Deborah Birx.  This commentary focuses on Fauci, but it should be noted that what she says is mostly in line with Fauci.  There is not a sliver of distance in their public pronouncements regarding the Covid-19 virus or President Trump.

I follow Fauci closely – and generally agree with his advice and assessments – but not so much what the media says he said or meant.  By following him closely, I mean I listen to his full comments – not just the edited and out-of-context snippets you see on the news.  And therein lies the problem.

When I listen to Fauci I get one impression.  When I listen to the reports of his comments, I see a totally opposite story.

If you watch CNN and MSNBC – and all those New York City/Washington, D.C. who comprise the so-called “panels of experts” – you have undoubtedly heard over and over again … and again … that President Trump said in January that the Covid-19 virus would not impact too seriously on America.  He was not making that up.  That is what the leading medical experts said – including Fauci.

You also heard it reported that Trump said everyone in America who WANTS a test can get one – and that was simply untrue.  What does not get reported is that Trump said those who NEED the test can get one – and that was absolutely true.

If you were to check the record, you would see that Fauci, himself, said that only people exhibiting symptoms should get the test – and we had sufficient supplies to do that.  In one interview, Fauci was asked if he had gotten tested – since he is one of those in the high-risk group.  He was emphatic in stating that he did not get a test and would not get one because he has no symptoms.

In a more recent anti-Trump narrative, the press is stating that Trump is setting a bad example by not wearing a mask.  I have yet to see  Fauci with a mask.  In fact, in an interview, he specifically said that masks do not protect the wearer from getting Covid-19 – but they can help prevent a person with the virus from spreading it.  In fact, Fauci recommended against wearing masks if you were not symptomatic in order not to divert the supply of masks from those who need it.

To this day, we do not wear masks to ward-off Covid-19, we wear them just in case we have the virus and do not know it – are non-symptomatic.

For weeks, the media has been promoting conflict between Fauci and Trump.  That is because they cannot sell their anti-Trump rhetoric if Fauci and Trump are on the same page.  Through selective use of video clips, the media dishonestly reports a conflict that does not seem to exist.

Every time reports give Fauci a leading question about his relationship with Trump, Fauci disappoints them.  On several occasions, Fauci has said that there is no divergence in the views expressed by the President and his own.  He has said that he is satisfied that Trump follows the advice of the medical authorities – the advice of the White House Task Force.

Fauci draws a distinction between Trump’s more aspirational views and Fauci’s own professional predictions.  BUT … and that is a big but … despite Trump’s hopes, the President does follow the more restrictive recommendations.

In his most recent appearance on Capitol Hill, Fauci again reaffirmed that he and Trump have a good working relationship.  It is likely that you did not see that “snippet” being aired on CNN or MSNBC.

The press seized on the statement by Fauci in which he said it will lead to more deaths if we open too soon.  That was played against Trump’s expressed desire to re-open America as soon as possible.  What is put forth as a fundamental disagreement is not at all.  In different ways, both men have been in agreement that the nation must open as soon as possible.

They both agree that it will be a gradual roll-out rather than – as Fauci put it – “a flip of a light switch.” Contrary to the political narrative of the Democrats and new media (but I repeat myself), both Fauci and Trump have talked about a strategic rollout.  In fact, Fauci has not disagreed with the current level of restriction easing but just warned against going too fast.

In one interview CNN’s Jake Tapper, Fauci said that not closing down more quickly caused more people to die.  That comment was seized upon by the elitist media as a break between Trump and the good doctor – and that Fauci was saying that Trump caused unnecessary deaths.  What was not as widely and repetitiously reported was Fauci’s later statement that he had misspoken and given a wrong impression.  He did not lay any blame on Trump.  No matter.  That initial snippet continues to be used by the media as evidence of a schism that did not … and does not … exits.

Fauci, himself, had suggested many of the dates in which restrictions might be lifted in certain states and certain regions.  He has not pointed to a single state which he says is moving too early or too fast.

It would appear that Fauci came in second in reports of a person Trump was about to fire.  First place is held by the never fired Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  As the press canonizes Fauci to draw a false comparison to Trump, they forget that it is Trump who appointed Fauci (and Birx) to the White House Task Force – and it is Trump who has given Fauci (and Birx) the national platform on a daily basis.

On the other hand, it is the east coast media that had hypocritically called for Americans to listen to the doctors even as they censored the White House daily Coronavirus briefings – eventually calling on the profession to not even cover them.  In some cases, they covered Trump’s opening remarks and then switched back to the studio for a round of anti-Trump analysis as Fauci, Birx and other medical authorities were speaking.  They did not want us to hear from the doctors after all.  They only want us to hear their partisan condensed interpretations (spin) of what was said.

There are times, however, when even the anti-Trump media questions Fauci’s professional integrity – at least indirectly.  When it is not even possible to spin Fauci’s statements against trump – when it is impossible to force a wedge between the doctor and the President, the media claims – without a scintilla of evidence — that Fauci was only saying such things because of pressure from the President.  He could not express his honest opinion.

So, which is it?  Is Fauci a man who is honest in his statements – can speak truth to power – or is Fauci a “yes man” for Trump.  You cannot have it both ways.

As one might expect, Trump – with his responsibility for both the health issues and the economic issues – will have a differing opinions than Fauci on some issues involving the return to normal.  Fauci sees the health issues as the primary problem with the economic disaster as a necessary side effect.  Their differences appear to be marginal if you really listen to what each of them is saying – and ignore the interpretations of the media and their left-wing panelists.

In fact, Fauci is a man who speaks the truth.  The problem is that the media is so hell-bent on bringing down a President who they obsessively hate that they will not report the truth.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. John Kellerman

    certainly we wouldn’t expect to get the truth from the main stream media would we? I mean it has been over 50 years since they made mistakes and reported entire truths.

    • Joe S Bruder

      And yet you choose to get your news from a website that has 20 followers on a good day, and ties itself in knots making excuses for Trump’s lies and criminal behavior.

      • Joe Gilbertson

        If you don’t believe this site, with an email list of over 200,000, is big enough for your needs you are welcome to post elsewhere.

  2. Jennifer O'Gavaghan

    Fauc.! Trustworthy? Not on your life! Beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing.

  3. Beach

    Time for Fauci to go…he has been wrong about everything and changes his statements daily—he is only trying to grab power and self importance…….He was not elected by US citizens to do anything–he is just another political appointee hack!! He wants the US to stay shut down because it plays right into the Demo Socialist/Communist agenda to gain complete control over every US Citizens and that is what he is feeding everyone!
    Follow the Money!!
    Open the USA back up

  4. Mike

    While I agree that there are times that the media seized on some words and not others, there is an outright lie at the beginning of your commentary. You need to go back to early-March and re-listen to the interview at the CDC. Trump most definitely said “anybody who wants a test can get a test”. And the idea that both Fauci and Birx are not being very careful in their word choices in order not to offend his highness is ridiculous. How many people have been fired from this administration for exercising their right to state their opinion? It is also clear that the President downplayed the infection as it was ramping up and did not want more testing early on because that would make him look bad (recall his reluctance to allow the passengers on the Princess cruise ship to come ashore because they would “make his numbers look bad”). Your support of this so-called ‘leader’ is nothing short of disgusting..

    • Tit Tat

      Mike, do you ever ask yourself why the leftist media never ever has anything good to say about the job the right is doing – most especially the president. The low unemployment… so many good things. Why Trump is so awful to oversee a country with the lowest per capita death rate while NY Democrats are praised for overseeing the most horrific death rates worldwide? Do you really think you’re getting the whole story – do you really think you are qualified to call the president disgusting? Ridiculous.

    • Larry Horist

      Mike … Trump clarified his statement and on several occasions used the word “need,” but there are reasons why you did not see the clarification. To be sure, Trump is not always careful with his words, and the media is using that propensity to a clear advantage to reinforce their partisan narratives.

  5. Knock Knock

    I’ve seen it too many times… and this author is right on target. I listen to the actual press meeting and then for some queer reason – like to believe I’ve listened to both sides – I switch over to one of the left media outlets and they dice it all up to entirely change the meaning to whatever they want it to be. They leave out anything they want and after they say it 10 times suddenly it is ‘fact.’ After that they just say it as if it has been proved. It started way back when they distorted his reasoning for avoiding the intake of illegal aliens who might be terrorists to be some kind of racism – and after they said it 10 times now they just say he is a racist. And because they just lie without any consequences people like Mike above really believe it is true. It should be against the law and I don’t understand why it isn’t when it can be so easily proved.

  6. Richard Edwards

    look if I can`t share this what good is it if only I can see it

  7. Mike

    Sorry, but Trump never said “I misspoke at the CDC conference “. He has walked back his position since then, but the “need” part of the statement is only becoming accurate recently. We have been far behind the testing curve since day one, and still are if we want to get ahead of the virus..