Fauci Shredded as ‘Liar & Fraud’ After CNN Confrontation on Mask Mandates
5Anthony Fauci took a beating on social media over the weekend after a CNN host grilled him on a new study showing that mask mandates were ineffective during the COVID-19 lockdowns. The former White House chief medical adviser was hammered as a “liar” and a “fraud” by critics online after he acknowledged the study, while still arguing that the mask mandates were effective.
During the Saturday CNN interview, host Michael Smerconish pushed back against Fauci, forcing him to admit the mandates lacked supporting scientific evidence.
“How do we get beyond that finding of that particular review?” Smerconish asked.
“There are other studies, Michael, that show at an individual level, for individuals, they might be protective,” Fauci replied before adding,
“When you’re talking about the effect on the epidemic or the pandemic as a whole, the data are less strong.”
The exchange quickly went viral on social media, with critics of the former White House adviser reposting the video.
“Fauci confronted with the most definitive data analysis possible that masks make ZERO difference against Covid. Not a little, not slight- Zero. And he just mutters some numerical illiteracy bulls–t about ‘individual protection.’ He’s a fraud and a liar,” commentator Buck Sexton wrote on X.
NEW: CNN blindsides Fauci on live air with a study saying masks don’t work.
You know it’s getting bad when even CNN is calling him out.
After getting called out, Fauci gave a long-winded answer by saying there were “other studies.”
But what did 2020 Fauci have to say about… pic.twitter.com/8Tko3u2EJf
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) September 3, 2023
Wow Fauci is SMOKED on masks and he has zero comeback.
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) September 3, 2023
“You know it’s getting bad when even CNN is calling him out,” said ‘Trending Politics’ co-owner Collin Rugg.
“Holy s***t @cnn just directly confronted Dr. Fauci on air with bullet proof scientific evidence that masks don’t work at all. It only took three years, but finally!” – Clay Travis [@ClayTravis]
Former senior White House official Cliff Sims commented,
“It’s really hard to assume Fauci’s disastrous ‘mistakes’ were in good faith when he refuses to acknowledge obvious facts that don’t require a PhD to decipher. It looks a lot more like ‘TRUST THE SCIENCE!’ only applies when it suits Fauci’s personal or political narrative.”
“Fauci admits that masks don’t work for the public at large but still absurdly claims masks work on an individual basis,” Kentucky Senator Rand Paul commented. “More subterfuge,”
During the height of the pandemic, the Senator went viral on several occasions for disagreeing with Fauci’s guidance during Senate health hearings. In August 2021, he received a 7-day suspension from Twitter for sharing “a video that quotes 2 peer-reviewed articles saying cloth masks don’t work.”
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Here was Rachel Maddow, on national TV on NBC at the start of the COVID pandemic, instructing everyone not to wear masks — masks were not just unhelpful but harmful for those without COVID symptoms. This was what Fauci said.
A month later, saying this was prohibited online: https://t.co/QZzhyhbFGq
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 3, 2023
Fauci advocating for a rerun to masks on CNN.
“Masks work at the population level”
Anchor shows contradicting evidence.
“You’ve got to look at the individual level” pic.twitter.com/8qlrt9f4R0
— Mises Caucus (@LPMisesCaucus) September 3, 2023
During the CNN interview, Fauci was asked about a New York Times article where epidemiologist Tom Jefferson stated that,
“The most rigorous and comprehensive analysis of scientific studies conducted on the efficacy of masks for reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses – including COVID-19 – was published last month.”
The study, which was published by the Cochrane Library, concluded that “There is just no evidence that [masks] make any difference.” Jefferson added that the type of mask worn by individuals also “makes no difference.”
Extraordinary moment on CNN as they not only mention the name of the Cochrane review but elicit the key substance of it in front of Dr. Fauci. Unimpressed, Fauci saunters on with his maskerade – citing unnamed studies. ~ Justin Hart [@justin_hart]
Today on CNN, after devastating study citations from the interviewer showing that masks don't work, Fauci responded: "but masks work on an individual level".
But this is nonsense. Here's why.
To do science on masks, you have a masked group and an unmasked group. You compare the… pic.twitter.com/MEsJ1RrNdJ
— Kevin Bass PhD MS (@kevinnbass) September 3, 2023
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