Once you’re afraid of the consequences of telling the truth, you’re done.”— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) March 16, 2021
~Dr Fauci #morningjoe
In March, 2020 Dr. Fauci stated "Right now in the United States, people should not be walking around with masks." Notwithstanding Fauci's effort, it became clear to the general public that masks were necessary. Asked in June why he had advised people not to wear them, Fauci did not state that he didn't know any better, instead rationalizing
Well, the reason for that is that we were concerned the public health community, and many people were saying this, were concerned that it was at a time when personal protective equipment, including the N95 masks and the surgical masks, were in very short supply. And we wanted to make sure that the people namely, the health care workers, who were brave enough to put themselves in a harm way, to take care of people who you know were infected with the coronavirus and the danger of them getting infected.
Beyond the Trump Administration, that is known as a "lie." Early in the pandemic, Fauci believed individuals should walk around with masks but stated the reverse. Honesty from public health experts may have prompted swift, decisive action to clamp down on spread of the virus. By contrast, where "moving the goal posts" is euphemism for "lying"
On Christmas Eve, the New York Times reported that Fauci had been raising the estimate he gave in public of the percentage of Americans who would have to acquire resistance to the coronavirus for the population to achieve herd immunity. At the start of the pandemic, he had said 60 to 70 percent, but by year’s end his high-end estimate was 85 or even 90 percent.
“Dr. Fauci acknowledged that he had slowly but deliberately been moving the goal posts. He is doing so, he said, partly based on new science, and partly on his gut feeling that the country is finally ready to hear what he really thinks,” the Times reported. He told the Times that as polls found a higher proportion of Americans willing to take a COVID vaccine, he felt comfortable raising the target.
One tweeter responded to Scarborough's tweet about Fauci with "not buying it, dr. you stood there and you let him go on about malaria drugs, bleach and lysol- you didn't stand up."
That's accurate, of course. However, aside from Olivia Troye and a precious few others, everyone serving in or about the Trump Administration kept his or her own mouth shut while tens, eventually hundreds, of thousands of Americans died needlessly. Some of those government employees even lied for the greater glory of Donald Trump.
What set Anthony Fauci apart from the vast majority is that he was not in the political shop, was a renowned expert in infectious diseases, and had a "Dr." in front of his name. He lied and lied again- yet many opinion-makers remain captivated by him.