1/12 I want to highlight a problematic title from Fox on Fauci’s emails: “Fauci emails spark flood of backlash: 'Needs to stop playing games'”

Games? The emails are largely a testament to one man’s unfailing patience even as those, who could not distinguish viruses as different
2/12 as a guinea pig is from a rat, undermined his expertise. The article fails to support its claim quoting, “It seems like he was very troubled early on that there was gain of function. He's like ‘What, is gain of function still going on? I thought we paused it.'
3/12 Here we see an elected official’s fondness for a theory that has no basis in reality--that coronavirus is a manmade virus--padded by a source of information trusted by millions of Americans. The unethical, misportrayal will further weaken public trust...
4/12 ...needed to weather a crisis. Our adversaries have noticed how swiftly America, the Great®, felled beneath a virus that required communication, cooperation, and selfness to defeat. liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.10…
5/12 The article goes on to quote the senator saying, “...I think he was very concerned – although he doesn't say it in the email – concerned that he continued to fund it through NIH even though there weren't doing gain of function." (typo?) We have...
6/12 ...a conspiracy theory without evidence receiving coverage and credence from the same outlet that may well have indirectly hampered the US pandemic response, and our national security, with its continually reckless coverage npr.org/local/309/2020…
7/12 Research from @mmfa: “From January 25 through April 23, 2021, Fox News personalities and guests misinformed viewers about the science of the coronavirus in at least 325 segments.”
8/12 “Of the 325 segments that attacked coronavirus science: 47% politicized health measures designed to slow the spread of the virus. 39% dismissed the efficacy of health measures. 37% implicitly or explicitly alleged health experts or govt officials could not be trusted...”
9/12 27% undermined vaccine(s)... 13% misrepresented basic facts about...coronavirus. 5% dismissed, misrepresented, or politicized coronavirus data.” mediamatters.org/fox-news/fox-h…

The data from Media Matters led me to examine Fox’s historical coverage of Fauci.
10/12 He worked well with Bush and Cheney; Bush liked him so much he put a medal on him. What I found in snapshots is a testament to the power of journalism—both good and bad. novelscience.substack.com/p/fox-news-att…
11/12 Speech is free, but it is not without real-world consequence. Elected officials know this or they would not spend money on strategic communication and coordinate messaging. One cannot argue prayer is an appropriate response to gun violence and deny the power of words.
12/12 The most conservative idea is that of personal responsibility, so I am not criticizing conservative values—I am asking people to live them. Discussion of freedom without reason, accountability, responsibility is to sow madness. Indeed, we have reaped what has been sown.

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