Fauci’s pitch goes wide and far-left
With a non-stop schedule, Dr. Anthony Fauci still found time to make a relief appearance for the Washington Nationals, throwing out the first pitch in their game against the Yankees.
His pitch was criticized as much for form as anything else, as it went wide left of the plate towards the first baseline and bounced about ten feet away.
For a guy who is “running on fumes,” as Dr. Fauci says he is, he seems to have a lot of time for extracurricular activities, including interviews with the media where he defends himself against critique.
Fauci has been under fire for pitching only wide-left political commentary to the effort to combat coronavirus and not an actual medical plan.
“He’s been in this job for 37 years,” said conservative radio host Mark Levin. “He’s been in the federal government for 50 years … that means in 2009, when they didn’t have a handle on the swine flu, when they didn’t know what they were doing, when it was pure luck, he was the infectious disease guy then, too. Remember, he’s the infectious disease guy. He’s not ‘America’s doctor.’ He’s not America’s health expert for all purposes. He’s the infectious disease guy.”
The criticism of Fauci came as Fauci praised New York’s virus response as the model for the country to follow.
“I wish we didn’t have a lot of those distractions, which I think are noise that gets in the way. But I put that aside, try not to let it bother me, and just move ahead,” said Fauci about the critics.
Clearly, however, Fauci is enjoying his role as the anti-Trump counter foil.
He’s made appearances in the Atlantic and 60 Minutes, calling criticism of him from the administration “bizarre.”
“I cannot figure out in my wildest dreams why they would want to do that. I think they realize now that that was not a prudent thing to do, because it’s only reflecting negatively on them,” he said.
Some in the administration have pointed out the hesitancy and inconsistency of Fauci’s public comments and private actions during the pandemic, although the White House says it’s not involved in those efforts.
Fauci has largely escaped criticism from the mainstream media even as the U.S. has seen on-again-off-again results in combating the virus.
After literally billions of dollars in funding from the U.S. for WHO and the Center for Disease Control, keeping people and the economy on lockdown seems to be the only remedy experts like Fauci have in their toolbox.
And thus far, that pitch seems wide and bouncing towards the left.
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