Coronavirus expert Dr. Fauci is now a target of the far right

Dr. Anthony Fauci — the Trump administration’s most outspoken advocate of emergency measures to fight the coronavirus outbreak — has become the target of an online conspiracy theory that he is mobilizing to undermine the President, The New York Times is reporting.

“That fanciful claim has spread across social media, fanned by a right-wing chorus of Mr. Trump’s supporters, even as Dr. Fauci has won a public following for his willingness to contradict the president and correct falsehoods and overly rosy pronouncements about containing the virus.

“An analysis by The New York Times found over 70 accounts on Twitter that have promoted the hashtag #FauciFraud, with some tweeting as frequently as 795 times a day. The anti-Fauci sentiment is being reinforced by posts from Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch, a conservative group; Bill Mitchell, host of the far-right online talk show “YourVoice America”; and other outspoken Trump supporters such as Shiva Ayyadurai, who has falsely claimed to be the inventor of email.

“The torrent of falsehoods aimed at discrediting Dr. Fauci is another example of the hyperpartisan information flow that has driven a wedge into the way Americans think. For the past few years, far-right supporters of President Trump have regularly vilified those whom they see as opposing him. Even so, the campaign against Dr. Fauci stands out because he is one of the world’s leading infectious disease experts and a member of Mr. Trump’s virus task force, and it is unfolding as the government battles a pathogen that is rapidly spreading in the United States.”

The full article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

4 thoughts on “Coronavirus expert Dr. Fauci is now a target of the far right”

  1. The darkside of social media. I completely deleted my Facebook account a few days ago because, despite my best efforts to shield my political views from the evangelical members of my family (whom I love because they’re family), and to shield myself from their views, they found their way into a discussion I started about Trump’s incompetence. They mainly complained that I should be supporting the president because he is doing such a good job of dealing with the Corona virus. I feel very conflicted about how to constructively express my anger at Trump and at some members of my own family while hunkering own at home trying to not die from a pandemic made much more dangerous by Trump’s incompetence. I decided that for the sake of my health, I needed to withdraw. Social media and the Internet generally have been both a great boon and a pernicious influence (I think especially of how they have amplified the vaccine deniers’ voices and all other forms of science denial). The attack on Fauci, while not surprising, is very painful to witness.

    The best news lately-
    A public radio station in Washington state, KUOW, will no longer be airing White House press briefings on the coronavirus “due to a pattern of false or misleading information provided that cannot be fact checked in real time.”
    The president has participated in the briefings with the administration’s coronavirus task force almost every day, standing alongside members of his Cabinet and public health officials.
    “KUOW is monitoring White House briefings for the latest news on the coronavirus — and we will continue to share all news relevant to Washington State with our listeners,” the station said in a tweet.
    “However, we will not be airing the briefings live due to a pattern of false or misleading information provided that cannot be fact checked in real time,” it added.

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