On Thursday, CNN journalists provided their analysis of the recent revelation of National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Dr. Anthony Fauci’s email correspondences during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The popular media outlet described the emails as a ‘rare source of honesty’ that showed the true nature of pitfalls in how the Trump Administration handled the pandemic.
‘A rare source of honesty’
CNN described Fauci’s work in the early months of the pandemic as exhausting, pointing to examples of people, such as National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins, who suggested Fauci to take some break from work.
The media outlet depicted Fauci’s behavior as very agreeable toward everyone who approached him, ranging from his colleagues to strangers.
The CNN journalists also recalled how Fauci and former President Donald Trump had much disagreement regarding how the pandemic should be handled.
Points of disagreement mostly involved topics such as reopening schedules and an introduction of preventative measures.
The media outlet emphasized that the relationship between Fauci and Trump was so tumultuous that the former President even threatened to fire Fauci at one point.
The CNN reporters concluded their analysis by citing Fauci’s words that, during the current administration, one is not obliged to know each answer.
Instead, one can acknowledge the lack of knowledge in some matters.
Is CNN’s picture of Fauci veritable?
Many commentators and media outlets criticized the overly favorable depiction of Fauci promoted by CNN.
The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro described CNN’s take as a depiction of Fauci as a good guy and Trump as evil.
He pointed out that this sort of adoration of a ‘shuffling career bureaucrat’ is upsetting.
Other commentators stressed that emails actually revealed Fauci’s reservations about mask-wearing, as well as his possible involvement in gain-of-function research.
Some of Fauci’s critics also emphasized that some emails suggested that Fauci suspected that COVID-19 might have been engineered.
They pointed out that Fauci’s role could hardly be viewed as honest, as media outlets such as CNN try to present it.
Regardless of the truth, the controversies surrounding Fauci’s emails would continue.
The revelation of these correspondences presents a valuable source for further inspection about the role of different officials during the pandemic.