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Piers Morgan blasts ‘flip-flop Fauci’: Should ‘park his gigantic ego, stay off TV and shut up’

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on April 6, 2020, in the White House. (D. Myles Cullen/White House)
November 30, 2021

Piers Morgan blasted Dr. Anthony Fauci in a column for The Daily Mail on Monday, writing that “flip-flop Fauci’s partisan political point-scoring” demonstrates he is “more interested in promoting himself than saving lives.” Morgan said the doctor should “park his gigantic ego, stay off TV and shut up.”

The first line in Morgan’s column mockingly states: “I’ve never heard Dr Anthony Fauci’s cell phone voicemail greeting, but I imagine it says: ‘Yes, I’ll come on your show.’”

Morgan then questioned how Fauci is able to find so much time for “self-promotional media interviews” when he was “supposed to be leading America’s scientific and medical war against COVID-19.”

“Barely a week seems to go by without him popping up on TV or in newspapers and magazines, and as time has gone on, Fauci’s become more and more brazenly political in those interviews since the Biden administration took over,” Morgan wrote.

Morgan highlighted one of Fauci’s most recent interviews on CBS’s Face The Nation, during which the top doctor made some statements that Morgan characterized as “outrageously partisan.”

Describing the interview, Morgan wrote that Fauci “burst out laughing after he was asked about Republican senator Ted Cruz calling for him to be prosecuted over his links to the Wuhan Institute of Virology from where many think the coronavirus outbreak leaked.”

“’I should be prosecuted?’ he chuckled. ‘What happened on January 6th, senator?’” Morgan continued, quoting Fauci.

Responding to Fauci’s comment, interviewer Margaret Brennan asked if he was being used as a scapegoat to distract from the Capitol riot, to which Fauci responded, “Of course!”

“Brennan then said: ‘It seems another level of danger to play politics around matters of life and death.’ To which Fauci, without a trace of self-awareness, nodded: ‘Exactly. And to me, that’s unbelievably bad, because all I want to do is save people’s lives,’” Morgan’s column stated.

Morgan scoffed at Fauci’s apparent self-righteousness, writing that his “political point-scoring” would “alienate half the country.”

“It’s always a worrying indicator of rampant egomania when a public figure starts talking about themselves in the third person, and sure enough that’s what Fauci then did,” Morgan continued.

“’Anybody who’s looking at this carefully realizes that there’s a distinct anti-science flavor to this,’ [Fauci] said. ‘If they get up and criticize science, nobody’s going to know what they’re talking about. But if they get up and really aim their bullets at Tony Fauci — people could recognize there’s a person there, so it’s easy to criticize. But they’re really criticizing science, because I represent science, and that’s dangerous,’” Morgan said, quoting Fauci before arguing the doctor “sounds more like a religious leader berating non-believers than a scientist trying to grapple with a pandemic that has seen more scientific flip-flopping than any global medical crisis in my lifetime.”

Morgan went on to note several occasions during which Fauci “got the science plain wrong” on the pandemic. Morgan argued that “it doesn’t seem unreasonable for Fauci to be properly investigated as to exactly what did go down at that Wuhan lab involving US funding.”

“And his furious reaction to any suggestions he’s not being entirely transparent about it raises more suspicion than it dampens,” Morgan added.

“Other Fauci pandemic flip-flops include saying he didn’t believe in federal vaccine mandates, then recently endorsing some, and telling Americans in October to be wary of gathering for Christmas before performing an immediate U-turn after his comments provoked outrage and telling Americans to have a ‘good normal Christmas’,” Morgan wrote. “As Fauci’s erratic media appearances have increased, so has his stardom.”

Morgan said Fauci has an “obsession” with appearing on television, adding that the doctor’s ego is “dangerous because when he says he IS the Science, he implies every word he says is gospel.”

“But as we know, when it comes to facts about Covid, the good doctor’s proven himself to be extremely fallible. And the more he contradicts himself on TV, the more he erodes public trust,” Morgan concluded. “If, as he insists, his only interest is in saving lives, then it’s time Anthony Fauci put his ego away, stayed off TV and shut the f–k up.”