Scott Atlas, a Fox News regular who used the platform to become Trump’s dubious coronavirus adviser, appeared on The Ingraham Angle to push “herd immunity,” only a few weeks after appearing on the network to deny reports that he had counseled the president on this policy.
On the October 15, 2020, edition of The Ingraham Angle, Atlas touted the Great Barrington Declaration, an online movement backed by a libertarian think tank that calls for “herd immunity,” a policy of deliberately spreading the coronavirus as widely as possible, causing millions of unnecessary deaths in the process and straining our health care system. He also claimed the World Health Organization signed onto the declaration, despite a recent press conference by WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus rejecting the herd immunity policy, calling it “immoral” and “scientifically and ethically problematic.”
The declaration was signed by fake experts such as “Dr. Johnny Bananas,” and it calls for “those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection.” It has been widely rejected by experts, including the country’s top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, who called the document “total nonsense” and “ridiculous.”
On September 1, Atlas told Fox’s Tucker Carlson it is a “falsehood” to suggest he supports herd immunity in advising the president and “there is no advising going on from me about wide open -- and pursuing herd immunity strategy. I’ve never said that to the president.”
The next day, he said on Fox News @ Night that “there’s never been an advisement by me” to “pursue some sort of strategy of herd immunity.”
On October 13, The New York Times reported that two senior Trump administration officials touted the declaration pushing herd immunity during a call with reporters after White House officials met with its authors last week.
If Atlas wants to continue gambling with the lives of millions to feed his own ego through Fox News appearances and White House access, he might consider lies that are less sloppy.