After over a year of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s critics including those at Fox News being ridiculed by others in the MSM and their Democrat allies for merely reporting on and asking questions about the origins of the Wuhan coronavirus, it’s understandable why the network would devote even more extensive coverage to the issue now that those who spent a year bashing them over it have suddenly done an about-face and are now taking the Wuhan lab leak theory seriously.
But though CNN has acknowledged by some of their own recent reporting that the renewed debate over the issue is worth covering, old habits die hard for the network, which was demonstrated this week after the Fauci emails were released.
For instance, instead of taking a critical look at what he wrote and what was written to him, CNN predictably plumped Fauci’s pillow by proclaiming that the emails “reveal the weight that came with his role as a rare source of frank honesty”:
Thousands of emails from and to Dr. Fauci reveal the weight that came with his role as a rare source of frank honesty within the Trump administration’s Covid-19 task force https://t.co/vCKrWJFOc0
— CNN (@CNN) June 2, 2021
Then there was the network’s resident media hall monitor and noted Fauci apologist Brian Stelter subtly bashing Fox News’ “Covid-origin-focused” coverage by highlighting a clip featuring Fauci’s boss and NIH director Dr. Francis Collins urging Fox anchor Martha MacCallum to move on from questioning him on the lab leak issue in the interest of saving lives and stuff:
NIH director urging covid-origin-focused Fox News to talk more about vaccines >> “So please, could we have a bit more of the focus on how we’re going to save lives, while we’re talking about how this started? We need both of those, don’t we?” pic.twitter.com/7K0BfGaJWw
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) June 3, 2021
Not to be outdone, in their nightly newsletter last night, Stelter’s sidekick Oliver Darcy also admonished Fox News, saying that while coverage of the Fauci emails was “fair game,” Fox “spent weeks downplaying the virus and comparing it
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