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Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during hearing, in Washington, D.C., June 30, 2020. (Al Drago/Reuters)

Thousands of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s emails, collected and published by Buzzfeed and the Washington Post, have revealed a symbiotic relationship between the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases head and some members of the press.

When the coronavirus came into focus as an issue late last winter, a number of journalists wrote to Fauci, no doubt in an effort to gain access as it became increasingly clear that the disease would be a major story over the long-term. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with media figures cultivating relationships and gaining the trust of sources — indeed that’s their job.

However, some journalists may have crossed the line into advocacy by offering assurances to Fauci.

Kyra Phillips of ABC News, for example, all but promised Fauci exclusively positive coverage. After assuring him that she had “respected” him “professionally and medically” for the better part of two decades, Phillips emphasized that she understood Fauci was in “a unique situation.”

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