The end of 2020 can’t come soon enough, but unfortunately, there is no promise that the new year will rid us of Dr. Anthony Fauci.
No, if the current trajectory holds, we’ll be seeing his face on TV screens and glossy magazine covers until each and every one of us has been exposed to COVID-19. We’re at 8 million confirmed cases. Only 322 million left to go!
There was a time when the sainted Fauci, our government’s foremost infectious disease expert, was a credible source of information on the rapid developments of the coronavirus pandemic. But that time ended about four months ago.
By now, we got the gist. Obsessive mask-wearing, no travel, no parties, more masks, more hand-washing. Oh, and don’t forget your mask.
But there’s Fauci on the cover of Washingtonian magazine this week, lovingly described as “America’s very top top doctor,” [sic] mask strapped to his face, stitched with a helpful reminder to “wear a mask.”
There he is as a guest on Stephen Curry’s YouTube series.
He’s posed in sunglasses on the cover of InStyle, thrown the first pitch at the Nationals’ stadium, and chit-chatted with The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah.
I can’t speak for everyone, but I suspect President Trump was speaking for more than a few when he said this week, “People are tired of hearing Fauci.”
It would be one thing if he had some news to deliver about the medical field’s progress on a vaccine or treatment or even if he could tell us more about why the virus is so deadly for specific groups of people but almost completely harmless for others. But he doesn’t know.
To be sure, it’s not his fault that he doesn’t know. It’s a weird pathogen that has confounded scientists all over the world. But what’s with the attention-seeking? And who is it helping other than Fauci’s ego?
It helps no one. People are tired of hearing Fauci.
Author: Eddie Scarry
Source: Washington Examiner: Fauci has become an attention seeker with nothing new to offer