Fauci’s Emails Released: Media Gushes Over His Courteousness, Ignores Asking Tough Questions

Through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, several outlets got their hands on Dr. Anthony Fauci’s emails from the beginning days and weeks of the pandemic. The mainstream media acted like a public relations officer for the bureaucrat.


A collection of news outlets published a digital stack of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s emails from during the first days and weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, providing a glimpse into the tensions between international colleagues, public relations, and public health.


reporting from the left side of the aisle




  • The New York Post and Fox News highlighted criticism from GOP elected officials including Sen. Rand Paul, who has been publicly critical of Fauci for months, who are all calling for Dr. Fauci to be fired based on information gleaned from the released emails over the origin of the coronavirus and his inconsistent statements on the efficacy of masks.
  • The Daily Caller highlighted an email that unbiased and liberal media has completely ignored: Fauci was warned in January 2020 that the coronavirus that caused the pandemic “potentially” could have been engineered. Daily Caller also notes that the infectious disease expert who emailed the warning “radically changed his position” mere days later.
  • The Washington Examiner and RedState excoriated MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace for a shoddy, unprofessional, unbecoming, and embarrassing interview with Fauci regarding his emails, in which she said (I’m not kidding, she actually said this) “The true mark of someone is if they look good even when their personal emails come out, so you pass the test very few of us would pass.”

Author’s Take

No one would relish their emails becoming public information. It is apparent Fauci did a reasonable job in maintaining appropriate correspondence with those he needed to, pushed back on criticism, but also had blind spots that a sudden spotlight and public attention will naturally create.

Most infuriating is the amount of uncritical reporting that lacks any meaningful skepticism or acknowledgement of the duty to ask difficult questions. Emails showing early concern about a lab-leaked, possibly man-made virus and these concerns were swept under a rug by Fauci, the scientific community, and the media, all in service of damaging President Trump politically.

Fauci is human, with political and philosophical biases. He, like all people, should be shown at least some grace. But he is also a public official who should be asked the hard questions. It is clear he allowed politics and public opinion to shape his statements (even if it wasn’t directly caused or came from the Trump White House). It is also clear how far the status of journalism has fallen when Buzzfeed is the only outlet outside of conservative media to find any critical reporting on this topic.

Return to Freespoke Freespoke.com

© Dallas Gerber, 2021