In Search of Straight Answers From Dr. Fauci, Can You Find One?

Mish

Dr. Anthony Fauci took questions from US Senators in Congress a few days ago. He was successful at not answering much of anything.

Seeking Straight Answers 

At a hearing this week, Sen. Roger Marshall questioned Dr. Anthony Fauci and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky on COVID-19 spreading due to the surge of migrants at the border.

Dr. Fauci is very skilled at ducking questions. My favorite clip is toward the end of the video. 

Marshall: Dr. Fauci, are you comfortable with what we are doing on the border from an ID standpoint?

Dr. Fauci: The reason I have to hedge on that is that I am not really very deeply familiar with the details of what's going on at the border.

Marshall: Whose job is it to know that?

Ducking Questions

Fauci ducked every question including those on opening schools, something he ought to know about.

All he does is parrot the WHO as if he has no opinion of his own.

Disturbing Images of Migrant Center Conditions

Refusal to answer questions and attempts to hide what is really happening go hand-in-hand. 

Biden refused to discuss the border situation, repeatedly dodging reporters' questions until Leaked Images by a Texas Democrat forced the issue.

For discussion, please see Biden Tries to Hide Migrant Center Conditions But Disturbing Images Surface.

Mish

Comments (75)
aprnext
aprnext

from a blogger: "Dr. Fauci gives more mixed signals than a desperate quarterback"

PecuniaNonOlet
PecuniaNonOlet

The expectations of this blog and its readers sometimes amazes me. There is no single person that can single handedly answer every medical,
political, technological, psychological, sociological, monetary, or whatever question that comes up with 100% certainty. That person simply doesnt exist. I know Trump thinks he does and his clueless followers beleive it but it simply isnt true.

JPow may be fed chair and he may be trained in economics or something similar (i dont know) but that doesnt mean he knows everything economics. Same for Treasury secretary or anyone else in office. These are people like you and me not superheroes. They do the best they can with what they have.

I give Fauci a B+ grade on his performance. He told us at the beginning masks wouldnt help but he did so to protect masks for healthcare workers knowing full well masks would have helped at the beginning, the masks required simply didnt exist in quantities needed for everyone around the world. Heck, they still dont exist.

Yeah it is easy to sit back and crtiticize, we all do it but sometimes it really feels like nitpicking...

JONZDOG
JONZDOG

Fauci knows how to tap dance those answers.

Zardoz
Zardoz

Epidemiology is based on probablilty. It can't prove anything, but it can tell you what's probably or will probably happen. Making concrete declarations based on that is the domain of gamblers and fools.

Realist
Realist

The US is incredibly fortunate to have Dr. Fauci. Is he perfect? Nope. But in terms of handling the pandemic, he seems to be doing a pretty good job of presenting factual information. Sadly, a significant percentage of Americans would rather listen to conspiracy theories, than any facts from Dr. Fauci. Worse, Trump was one of those who listened to and subsequently spread those conspiracy theories. The result is that the US has had one of the worst responses of any country in the world to the pandemic. I feel badly for Dr. Fauci. In spite of being hindered from doing his job effectively, he continues to do his best to protect his fellow Americans, all while taking constant abuse. I would consider him a true patriot. Something that many Americans don't recognize anymore. They seem to think that patriotism is storming the Capital, in an attempt to overthrow the government, while hanging Pence and Pelosi. What a mixed up country.

njbr
njbr

Is covid being spread by illegal immigrants?

Have you been to ANY of the southern tier states and see the majority of US citizens there who are indignant at any and all safety measures to thwart the virus? Spitting on mask wearers. etc.,

Eff them and their immigrant/virus outrage--it's as phoney as Sidney Powell aand Ted Cruz.

strataland
strataland

Unfortunately, our political leaders are willing to punt these tough leadership decisions to the appointed rather than weigh the input from all of the relevant experts, including medical, science, social, financial and economics. Taking the political safe road of listening only to your medical expert without weighted regard for the overall impacts of medically driven governing policies is lazy and leaves one open to broad and justifiable criticism.

Quanta
Quanta

Dr. Fauci's job in the current environment is to ensure that facts dominate the conversation as opposed to politically motivated rhetoric. To that end I think he has done a great job. As far as presenting "the answers" , give me a break, all these congressional hearings are political theater. If you want "the answers" go read the technical reports from CDC etc.

shamrock
shamrock

I don't even understand Marshalls question. What we are doing at the border from an ID standpoint? What does that even mean?

Phaedrus_of_Bangkok
Phaedrus_of_Bangkok

Big pharma shill. He no longer even tries to hide it. Anyone with a grade 5 education who has been following Covid for even a few hours can appreciate how evil and disturbing these recent comments are. I am not a fan.

davebarnes2
davebarnes2

Because if he says anything that is black/white he gets slammed.
Tony will always talks shades of gray.

Jojo
Jojo

The Many Variants of Fauci’s Mutating Covid Advice
Phillip W. Magness
– March 23, 2021

In an explosive Senate hearing on March 18, Dr. Anthony Fauci clashed with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul over a subject that has characterized much of the White House health adviser’s recent commentary on Covid-19: the specter of reinfection, caused by one of the emerging variants of the virus.

Several recent studies suggest that both natural and vaccine-induced immunity to Covid-19 is robust at least for the medium term, and even those hinting at possible reinfections suggest it is a rare phenomenon mainly afflicting people with severely weakened immune systems.

Fauci nonetheless maintains that reinfections, particularly from the South African variant of the virus, are not only commonplace but justify maintaining a suite of restrictive nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPI) such as lockdowns, mask mandates, and social distancing regulations – perhaps even for another year.

Paul pressed Fauci to cite the scientific literature supporting this claim, to no avail. Instead, Fauci deflected the question by repeating platitudes about masks and exaggerating a recent study about reinfections. According to Fauci, previously recovered people who “were exposed to the variant in South Africa” reacted “as if they had never been infected before. They had no protection.”
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njbr
njbr

A critical percent or two of the GOP electorate will not be around for the next election...

....Politically conservative men have been skeptical of the coronavirus from the beginning. Now that the vaccine is becoming more widely available, a striking number are deciding not to get the shot: According to a recent NPR-PBS NewsHour-Marist poll, 49 percent of Republican men do not plan to get vaccinated, a higher percentage than any other demographic group in the United States....

njbr
njbr

What is really clear from the recent years is that many people need to believe in charlatans that give them the certainties they crave.

WTF do you think Faucci should know about what is going on on the Mexican border?

WTF do YOU know about what is going on the Mexican border? Are you all hyped up on the inane certainties of the shouting heads on the teevee or radio?

Mish
Mish

Editor

Fauci ducked every question including those on opening schools, something he ought to know about.

All he does is parrot the WHO as if he has no opinion of his own.

TexasTim65
TexasTim65

Fauci parrots whatever his political masters tell him to. When Trump was in charge he said no masks and downplayed Covid. Now that Biden is in charge it's 2 masks.

It's almost impossible to tell what he himself believes because he can only say what he's told to say by his political bosses. In turn the American public has zero confidence in anything he says unless what he says happens to align with their point of view in which case they agree with him. If not, they think he's a liar and an idiot.

Jackula
Jackula

Not a fan of the good Dr. His hand was involved at least on the funding side with the gain of function research on bat corona-viruses in the infamous Wuhan lab. On another note if you think you had Covid and want to be sure because you are not too keen on the mRNA vaccines: 99% accurate long term test to see if you had Covid https://www.t-detect.com/covid-19/for-patients/

Jojo
Jojo

There is no such thing as a public health expert
Autocrats in lab coats and ivory towers.
Jordan Schachtel
23 Mar 2021

Since the beginning of COVID Mania, we’ve been told to “listen to the public health experts.” Governments and the corporate media has identified this category to us as individuals (Dr. Fauci, Rachel Levine, Tedros Adhanom, Bill Gates) and groups (CDC, WHO, Gates Foundation, Imperial College, etc) that are supposedly the best resources out there for dealing with pandemics and disease spread. Want to know about how to deal with COVID-19? Follow orders from the omniscient public health experts, we’re told.

Well, we’re now over a year into this thing, the free world is in shambles, and virtually everything recommended by these supposed world-class experts has resulted in complete chaos and devastation.

The “public health experts” told us that lockdowns were the key to our salvation. When that didn’t work, they did the same thing with masks, curfews, physical distancing, and the like. They had it all figured out, until they didn’t, and destroyed tens of millions of lives in their attempts to resolve a virus problem. So how could these highly-touted “experts” get everything so catastrophically wrong?

And what exactly is a public health expert anyway?
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Dutoit
Dutoit

Now we have many examples of countries, how they manage covid, and what they could do. It is clear now that Asia was the best, provided the problem is treated from the very beginning. Europe and US did something, but too late, and don't even stop infection from outside (no strict borders, almost no quarantine for visitors).
Now variants appear that cannot be stopped by vaccines. It seems also that the virus is spread among animals in our countries, so that new variants can appear again and again. When will we learn the good methods of Asia. Will we need some instructors from these countries ?

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

As usual its designed for theatre. Fauci isnt a politician. He wrote books on internal medicine, virology and epidemiology.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Republicans try to make theatre out of everything. A few weeks ago they were complaining that illegals could be vaccinated. Now they are complaining of risks of covid spreading from the border. It is old do nothing Republican party. Literally solve nothing and do nothing and stand in the way. Its been this way for 12 years.

Sechel
Sechel

Please. The same senators who refuse to put on a mask or support closures or social distancing are sudenly worried about migrants with Covid. These were fake gotcha question. Frankly it was embarassing. Rand Paul in particular , who is a doctor claiming the double mask is theatrics

Doug78
Doug78

He doesn't give us clear answers because there are very few clear answers to give about this pandemic. I am sure that most of you have noticed that there are wide differences in opinion from different experts who are also highly qualified. That is normal in science and even if we would all love to have clear, hard answers sometimes there is not enough data and analysis to do so so consequently someone in the position of Fauci when asked can only be hedgy in his answers. It's not incompetence, malintent or wishy-washiness. It's simply because they don't know enough.

Koyabi
Koyabi

Biden is showing his true self. But it is a little bit late now to recognize this truth.

Koyabi
Koyabi

Biden is showing his true self. But it is a little bit too late to recognize this truth.


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