Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for the past 36 years, is a widely respected immunologist and major public face of the Trump administration’s response to COVID-19. Despite his credibility established over decades as a public health official, right-wing media have begun to launch attacks against “Dr. Doom Fauci,” blaming the medical expert for allegedly harming the economy and undermining President Donald Trump. Today, The New York Times reported that Trump is “losing his patience” with Fauci.
Despite lacking the platform of someone like Fox host Sean Hannity, fringe right-wing media figures and outlets -- one of which formerly had a White House correspondent in the briefing room just to troll journalists -- can still reach and influence the thinking of Trump, who is exposed to a wide range of ridiculous lies online.
Pro-Trump podcaster Bill Mitchell:
Newsmax TV's John Cardillo:
Not all of these attacks are coming from outlets on the fringe, however -- on Sunday night, Fox News host Steve Hilton aired a segment chastising Fauci as an out-of-touch elitist who has an “easy” time overreacting to coronavirus because “he’ll still have a job at the end of this, whatever happens.” Hilton’s argument was that “our ruling class and their TV mouthpieces” like Fauci “can afford an indefinite shutdown, working Americans can't, they'll be crushed by it.” Trump soon echoed Hilton’s main point that “the cure is worse than the disease.”