Considering that the journalists at MSNBC consider Democrats the party of science and Republicans the party of collecting magic beans, it’s not surprising that Rachel Maddow on Friday tried to spin life for Anthony Fauci under Trump as a nightmare. She lamented the “tough” times he endured under the previous president. (But the vaccine was developed under which president?) Maddow offered fealty to Fauci by expressing her “faith” in the “career scientists at the NIH and the CDC.”
Here’s Maddow: https://www.mrctv.org/embed/557070
And tonight here for the first — for the interview, for the first time during the coronavirus crisis is the man who at least on a personal level for my family made that possible. I mean, how many people do you know who said they would not get vaccinated against the coronavirus unless and until Dr. Fauci got vaccinated? Unless and until they heard from Dr. Fauci personally that it’s time, that it’s safe, that this is how we’re going to beat this thing. How crucial has the public’s trust in this one scientist been, since the start of this global and national nightmare? It is an unprecedented thing in American history.
Throughout the interview, Maddow tried to get Fauci to bash Trump by asking him about the “struggle” between government scientists and the administration. Fauci obliged by claiming that there was a “real affront on science.” Maddow sympathized with him by proclaiming that “it’s chilling” that the Trump administration at times disagreed with Fauci.
In the most ridiculous portion of the interview, the back rubbing and Trump bashing reached its peak when Fauci alleged that the administration kept him from coming on Maddow’s show and gushed about how great the show is. Maddow replied by sympathizing about the “tough situations” that Fauci had been in due to Trump:
MADDOW: Dr. Fauci, should we expect to hear from you and from Dr. Messonnier and Dr. Schuchat and other senior scientists and senior supervisors of these agencies and on a regular basis? I know that the — as we’ve been talking, the country really trusts you in particular, but we’ve seen the sort of disappearance, the sort of muzzling of some of these other senior folks within the government. Do you think that we’ll have more access to you, both the press and the public?
FAUCI: I’m positive of it. Attest to this Rachel, I’ve been wanting to come on your show for months and months. You’ve been asking me to come on your show for months and months and it’s just gotten blocked. That — I mean, let’s — let’s call it what it is. It just got blocked because they didn’t like the way you handle things and they didn’t want me on here. I mean, it was so clear. When we sent it down, “Well, why would you want to go on Rachel Maddow’s show? Well, because I like her and she’s really good. “It doesn’t make any difference. Don’t do it.” I don’t think you’re going to see that now. I think you’re going to see a lot of transparency. You know, you might not see everybody as often as you want, but you’re not going to see deliberate holding back of good people when the press asks for them. I mean, we were assured that that’s the case. You know and that goes along with what you were mentioning before about different types of pressures that are put on. It was a tough situation. It really was.
MADDOW: Well, Dr. Fauci, a lot of people who got put in tough situations in this administration I think the observation is well, maybe that person would be better off resigning, maybe that person would be better off quitting and protesting and telling us what happened. I don’t think anybody anywhere in the country ever felt like the right thing for you to do was quit and you staying there has been a real anchor for a lot of people through a really hard time. So, I’m sorry for what you went through and I’m happy to see the spring in your step and the light in your eyes and to know that we get to talk to you and the country gets to hear from you from here on out.
Now that Joe Biden is president, MSNBC has happily embraced its role as state run media.
Maddow continued to praise Fauci, praising both him and the government “career scientists”:
Dr., I know how much you know the American people have faith in you and have trusted you. I want to tell you that I not only have faith and trust in you, I have faith in the career scientists throughout the NIH and the CDC and all the other gold standard research agencies that we are blessed with as a country.
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