Anthony Fauci, the long-serving head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the de facto face of the federal government’s response to COVID-19, was the subject of an email dump earlier this week that many on the right said exposed contradictions between the doctor’s private stance and his public messaging on the pandemic.
Now, reports indicate that Fauci has been dealt another major blow: a book about the NIAID chief has been “scrubbed” from online bookstores, the Washington Examiner reports, after it was previously listed as available for preorder.
According to the Examiner, Expect the Unexpected: Ten Lessons on Truth, Service, and the Way Forward, was originally listed as slated for release on Nov. 2. The 80-page book was set to retail at $18 and was “developed” by National Geographic Books, the Examiner said.
However, in a statement to reporters, National Geographic denied that the two events were in any way related.
“The book was prematurely posted for pre-sale, which is why it was taken down,” the company said, according to the Examiner.
“The face” of the pandemic
National Geographic also said Fauci “will not earn any royalties from its publication and was not paid” for the book, which was created to accompany an upcoming National Geographic Documentary Film about the doctor, Fox News reported.
“Before becoming the face of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and America’s most trusted doctor, Dr. Fauci had already devoted three decades to public service,” a since-deleted description of the book read, according to the Examiner.
It went on: “Those looking to live a more compassionate and purposeful life will find inspiration in his unique perspective on leadership, expecting the unexpected, and finding joy in difficult times.”
Comparisons to Cuomo
Before the book was wiped from booksellers’ pages, news of its impending release prompted outrage among conservatives, some of whom even drew connections to Democrat New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent book on his own “leadership” amid the pandemic, according to Just the News.
“If you look at the numbers again, you had Cuomo profiting off a pandemic, a government official,” Fox News contributor and The Hill reporter Joe Concha said in a recent interview. “I think this is appalling.”
While Fauci may not stand to benefit financially from the soon-to-be-released manuscript, only time will tell if it provides a boost to the doctor’s reputation — one that he desperately needs if he wants to maintain any semblance of credibility among the American people once COVID-19 is done and gone.