The media are shameless liars.

Their purpose really only appears to be to attack those who criticize their political idols—those idols, of course, all being, in one way or another, representatives of the Democratic establishment.

During her speech at CPAC recently, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem—one of the few governors who was heroic enough to resist the COVID lockdown hysteria—criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci. Criticizing him was completely reasonable, given the blatantly contradictory and often monumentally bad advice that he has given to people since the start of the COVID pandemic.

But of course, in the minds of media talking heads, the sainted doctor must never be criticized, however gently or judiciously.

And so, that’s why “Face the Nation” decided to stir the pot.

Kristi Noem Stands Firm

On “Face the Nation” during the morning of February 28, the host played a clip from Noem’s speech in which she criticized Anthony Fauci and simply said, “Fauci is wrong a lot.”

And how did the host choose to interpret this clip? She presented it with the insinuation that Noem was urging people to ignore expert medical advice, that she was some sort of anti-science troglodyte.

Noem was having none of this. Here is how she responded to these blatant smears and attempts at manipulation when she was on “Face the Nation”:

“You indicated I ignored medical advice, I didn’t listen to my health experts and I most certainly did,” said Noem.

“In South Dakota, we took this virus very seriously. What I did, though, was tell my people the truth. I gave them personal responsibility over decisions for their family’s public health, but also gave them the flexibility they needed to keep their businesses open …”

This is a simple and straightforward response.

After all, if you tally up and examine Fauci’s errors, you’ll realize that they aren’t random. They are all biased in the direction of giving public health authorities like himself more power. It’s not unreasonable to suspect that people like Fauci may have a professional interest in being “wrong” in a certain way.

Being wary of experts and understanding that they operate under incentives does not mean that you have to utterly ignore them, but it does mean that you shouldn’t uncritically believe everything they say.

Good on Kristi Noem for being sensible enough to see this.