Video clips of Dr. Anthony Fauci going door-to-door in 2021 in predominately Black neighborhood in Washington, D.C. to persuade residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine prompted some viewers, including Robby Soave, host of The Hill’s “Rising,” to accuse Fauci of “harassing Black Americans.”
Video clips from a new documentary about Dr. Anthony Fauci that went live this week prompted some viewers, including Robby Soave, host of The Hill’s “Rising,” to accuse Fauci of “harassing Black Americans” about COVID-19 vaccines.
Fauci, who in December retired from his position as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases — where he was the highest paid U.S. government employee — is the subject of the new PBS documentary, “American Masters: Dr. Tony Fauci,” which premiered March 21.
The documentary includes footage of Fauci going door-to-door in 2021 with Washington D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser — in a predominantly Black and poorer neighborhood of Washington D.C. — as they try to persuade residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Soave said clips from the footage went viral, including one in which viewers saw Fauci get “destroyed” during an argument with a resident about the vaccine.
Media personality Benny Johnson tweeted:
Commenting on that and other clips from the documentary, Soave said:
“Public officials are welcome to opine to everyday Americans that they’d like them to consider vaccination, but so many of the claims made by Bowser and by Fauci in that video just do not stand up to scrutiny anymore.”
“In fact, if one is being remotely consistent or honest, some of the views expressed or implied there by Fauci and Bowser constitute outdated misinformation.”
‘When Fauci gets it wrong, they make him a movie star’
At the time the documentary footage was shot, Fauci claimed mass vaccination was necessary to stop the spread of the virus and achieve herd immunity — a claim that has since been proven wrong, he pointed out.
“So is anyone going to add a misinformation label to this documentary?” Soave asked. “Are government health scientists going to call for it to be banned from social media?”
That’s what the federal government did in the past regarding COVID-19 claims it deemed to be erroneous, Soave said:
“Internal emails between the [U.S. Centers for Disease Control] CDC and Twitter, Facebook and other giant social media companies have shown that federal bureaucrats constantly lobbied content moderators to censor speech that they thought contained errors about COVID.”
The government’s censorship activities “limited discussion” and were “so wrong-headed” — not to mention hypocritical, he said.
“When you get it wrong they shut you up. When Fauci gets it wrong they make him a movie star.”
Soave expressed frustration that the U.S. continues to keep some COVID-19 vaccination mandates in place, even after science has shown them to be indefensible.
For instance, some U.S. universities still require students to get the COVID-19 booster shot in order to be on campus.
And the U.S. barred tennis star Novak Djokovic on March 18 from entering the country for the Miami Open tournament because he is unvaccinated against COVID-19.
“This is not something Canada or any of our European countries do. It’s just us out still here mandating this [with] our lonesome COVID totalitarianism this is not scientifically defensible,” Soave said.
He added, “That’s something very frustrating to me.”