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MSNBC presenter Stephanie Ruhle heaped flattery from Dr. Anthony Fauci in their program and appeared to be trying to give him a confidence boost following an article in the Washington Post that pointed out that he had become too “politicized” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The data has shown that unfortunately Dr Fauci has become politicized and we need different messengers because even the right messages from the wrong messengers are not always helpful,” said epidemiologist Brian Castrucci, who helped organize a focus group with GOP pollsters Frank Luntz.
“How do you feel about it?” Ruhle asked Fauci on Wednesday. “You have devoted your entire professional life to working with infectious diseases, working with the federal government, devoting yourself to science, and protecting the people of America. How do you feel when you hear this quote?”
“I don’t take these things personally,” insisted Fauci, saying he was “an apolitical person”.
He went on to argue that the people who politicized him were “extreme,” highlighting Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., As lawmakers who used Congressional hearings to to criticize him.
“It is what it is,” said Fauci.
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Critics have said Dr. Fauci beat up for moving goal posts and contradicting himself about COVID guidelines last year. He confused Americans again last week when he said that while children are at low risk of COVID, they should still be masked outside. Karol Markowicz, columnist for the New York Post, called it “bloody nonsense”.
In this regard, Ruhle asked the infectious disease expert for a stronger response to the CDC’s strict new guidelines for summer camps. According to the health department, children and adults must wear masks at all times in the camp, including children aged 2 and over, with the exception of eating and swimming. Campers must also stay 3 feet apart and not share toys or games.
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Ruhle asked Dr. Fauci on whether he thinks the guidelines are “too conservative”.
“I cannot reasonably argue against your point of view,” admitted Fauci. His inclusion comes after a “TODAY” show interview in which he said the CDC instructions “look a bit strict”. He did, however wait a minute calling the CDC-restricted summer camps “outdoor prisons”.
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Fauci added a caveat, noting that while the risk to children is relatively small, “they don’t want them to be part of the chain of transmission”. Children, he said, could “innocently” infect someone else.
“If you really want to be in control, you want to get as many people as possible vaccinated as soon as possible, no matter who they are,” said Fauci.