‘Are you going to let me finish?’ Shep Smith annoys Fauci, interrupts 9 times in one minute!
On Wednesday, viewers found out exactly what it takes to make Dr. Anthony Fauci, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Director, annoyed.
It’s Shepard Smith.
Appearing with Smith on the CNBC show “The News,” Fauci was clearly upset with Smith constantly interrupting the infectious disease doctor, and suggesting answers for him.
“Are you going to let me finish? Hey Shep, are you going to let me finish?” said Fauci at one point.
That was only after five questions from Smith, each of which answers the CNBC host interrupted…. Nine times.
Five questions, nine interruptions.
“You’ve said a national mask mandate is maybe a good idea, why maybe?” asked Smith at the outset.
“Well, the reason is I would hope that we could pull together as a country…” Fauci began before being interrupted.
Smith was cheerleading for a national mask mandate, because apparently the state mandates that aren’t working would be better nationally not working, or something.
“Do we need a national mandate or not?” Smith badgered Fauci, interrupting the answer to the exact same question that he had asked the doctor right before.
“You know, yes. Well, we do if we don’t get one, then I would hope that the governors and the mayors do it locally, if it’s not done nationally,” Fauci started again.
“But Dr. Fauci…” Smith interrupted.
“But we need to get people to take it…” Fauci continued
“But why would it not be done, Fauci?” Smith interrupted again.
“Yes,” said Fauci, who by then was lost.
As was the (dwindling) audience, no doubt.
Smith then got the meat of the argument that he was making, asking the doctor about his relationship with President Trump.
“Are you still, does the President, are you still in the President’s ear or no and if so, who, if not, who is?” asked Smith.
“Well, I haven’t spoken to the President in quite a while about the situation with regard to the outbreak. But I can tell you right now…” said Fauci before being interrupted three more times before the doctor asked if Smith would let him finish an answer.
“But you’re the one who decides what is needed. Dr. Fauci. Is it needed? I mean…” said Smith.
“No,” said Fauci.
“…we go back and forth,” interrupted Smith
Actually, Smith is wrong about who decides things. It’s the president who decides what is in the best interest of the country, not the doctors.
A president has a lot more to consider than just the top line of numbers that are added into the COVID count.
If Smith would let someone else talk for a change, he might learn that.