Fauci’s Christmas gathering flip-flop – Press-Enterprise

Like a Charles Dickens character who was visited overnight by a terrifying ghost, White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci had a sudden change of heart on Monday and decided to allow Americans to celebrate Christmas with their families.

On Sunday, appearing on the CBS News program “Face the Nation,” Fauci was asked by host Margaret Brennan if “we can gather for Christmas, or is it just too soon to tell?”

“You know, Margaret, it’s just too soon to tell,” Fauci said. “We’ve just got to concentrate on continuing to get those numbers down and not try to jump ahead by weeks or months and say what we’re going to do at a particular time. Let’s focus like a laser on continuing to get those cases down. And we can do it by people getting vaccinated and also, in the situation where boosters are appropriate, to get people boosted.”

Fauci’s words drew immediate outrage on social media and criticism in the press. The next day, he was on CNN, reversing himself. “I encourage people, particularly the vaccinated people who are protected, to have a good, normal Christmas with your family,” he said.

The good doctor’s game is wearing thin. Ever since early 2020, Fauci has led the effort to treat the message as the medicine, saying what he thought needed to be said in order to control the actions of hundreds of millions of people. As just one example, he sought early to prevent a run on scarce masks by stating people didn’t need to wear a mask. Later he reversed himself. This contributed to distrust of public health authorities. Good intentions don’t prevent bad credibility.


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