Stanford epidemiologist: Fauci’s credibility ‘shot’ after release of his emails

Things are going from bad to worse for Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and White House adviser on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite being hailed as a hero by Democrats and the media since the start of the pandemic, Fauci deserves to lose all credibility following the release of a trove of emails between him and various individuals, according to Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, an epidemiologist and professor at Stanford University.

“I think his credibility is entirely shot,” Bhattacharya said Friday during an appearance on Fox News’ Ingraham Angle.

Fauci on masks

According to Fox, Bhattacharya noted Fauci’s inconsistency on masks as an example of his lack of trustworthiness, referencing a private email in which Fauci essentially admitted that masks don’t work.

“I think he’s been all over the place on masks,” Bhattacharya said. “There are emails you can find in the treasure trove of emails that have been released where he acknowledged that the virus is aerosolized — well, the cloth masks people have been recommending, they’re not very particular[ly] effective against aerosolized viruses.”

In the email Bhattacharya is referring to, Fauci reportedly wrote:

The typical mask you buy in the drug store is not really effective in keeping out the virus, which is small enough to pass through the material. It might, however, provide some slight benefit in keeping out gross droplets if someone coughs or sneezes on you. I do not recommend that you wear a mask, particularly since you are going to a very low-risk location.

Despite that private admission, publicly Fauci has been a huge proponent of wearing face masks, even recommending at one point that people should wear multiple masks.

“I really don’t understand his back-and-forth, and his answer made absolutely no sense,” Bhattacharya told Fox. “Yeah, you should change your mind when the science changes. But what is that science that changed that convinced him that masks are the most effective way?”

Calls to resign

Last week, some 800 pages of Fauci’s emails from the past year were released as the result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from BuzzFeed News.

What was contained in those emails has led to many calls for Fauci to resign and to be investigated. In an op-ed for Fox News, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), called for the Biden administration to fire Fauci. “Dr. Anthony Fauci has repeatedly demonstrated a history of moving goal-posts when it comes to public health, withholding facts that don’t conform with his own narrative, and issuing inappropriate personal judgments that distort the truth,” the senator wrote.

Fauci, for his part, has refused to admit he has done anything wrong and characterized the attacks against him as “anti-science.”

“The thread going through what’s happening now is very much an anti-science approach. So, that’s a big, big difference. I mean, it is what it is. I’m a public figure. I’m going to take the arrows and the slings. But they’re just — they’re fabricated, and that’s just what it is,” the doctor said, according to Breitbart.

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