Dr. Fauci’s attack on science and other commentary


COVID desk: Fauci’s War on Science

Anthony Fauci did his best to debunk the anti-COVID-hawkism Great Barrington Declaration just “four days after” it was published, points out Marty Makary at Common Sense. And “Facebook and Google followed suit . . . falsely deeming [it] ‘misinformation.’ ” Yet now, “federal officials are . . . endorsing many of the policies the Great Barrington Declaration authors suggested.” So “if dissent had been welcomed from the start . . . a lot of suffering could have been avoided.” Scientists “own up” to “mistakes . . . and strive to do better.” Instead, Fauci “famously said . . . ‘Attacks on me, quite frankly, are attacks on science.’ ” But “no person embodies science. To suggest as much betrays a cast of mind that is entirely at odds with science itself.”

From the left: Garland’s ‘Accidental Launch’

“Has a story this big ever receded to the back pages this quickly?” asks Matt Taibbi at TK News of the Mar-a-Lago raid. After “a few hours of social media jubilation, followed by roughly a week of frenzied leaking as a parade of national security soothsayers unspooled sinister scenarios on TV, . . . the line went dead. By last week’s end, the cancellation of Brian Stelter on CNN was a top national headline in comparison.” And still no clear public justification for the raid; all we’ve gotten is Attorney General Merrick Garland’s press conference, and that “four-minute performance played like a hostage video.” Yes, “stories like Russiagate and Ukrainegate had holes from the start,” but “their underlying dramatic logic was consistent: Trump is guilty, and proof will be released any minute. The Mar-a-Lago raid by contrast feels like an accidental missile launch.”

Conservative: Chautauqua’s Turn to Intolerance

The Chautauqua Institution, site of the attack on Salman Rushdie, is no longer “a place of open inquiry and civil debate,” laments Jason L. Riley at The Wall Street Journal. “The overwhelmingly liberal bias of invited speakers” prompted the birth of a splinter group, Advocates for Balance at Chautauqua, to push “intellectual diversity.” But ABC’s “speakers aren’t mentioned” on Chautauqua’s website and ABC must “pay for event space at one of the hotels on the grounds of the resort.” Left-leaning groups “haven’t met the same resistance — or any resistance.” Outfits like Chautauqua “spout words and phrases like ‘fairness’ and ‘free thought’ and ‘critical dialogue,’ but in practice those amount to little more than words.”

From the right: Newsom’s Nuke Surprise

For once, Gavin Newsom is “on the right side of a political issue” in arguing “that his state isn’t ready to give up nuclear power,” cheers National Review’s Jim Geraghty. Facing warnings that California lacks “sufficient” energy-generating capacity to avoid outages, the gov proposed delaying the scheduled 2024-25 shutdown of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, which produces 9% of the state’s electricity, until at least 2029. “Newsom has a lot of flaws,” but even he doesn’t want to see “lights blinking on and off . . . because of rolling blackouts. The question for other Democrats is, ‘If even Gavin Newsom can recognize the necessity of nuclear power, what’s your excuse?’ ”

Republican: Moms Will Not Be Silenced

“Aug. 26 marks the 102nd anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the right to vote,” notes Ronna McDaniel at The Daily Caller — and “much of the political realignment” happening now in America “has been propelled by women in general and mothers in particular.” Thank “moms shocked by the anti-American and sexually-explicit content in their kids’ curricula” and “outraged that their daughters are being forced to share locker rooms and bathrooms with and compete against males in their own sports.” “Mothers all over the country are taking action . . . even stepping up to run for office themselves.” “And they’re winning — which has Democrats nervous.” Biden and other Dems “want us to sit down and shut up . . . but we refuse to be silenced.”

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