Magazine February 22, 2021, Issue

Fauci Unmasked

Dr. Anthony Fauci (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)
The public-health world’s paternalism revealed

Has Dr. Anthony Fauci been lying about COVID? That’s the accusation that Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) made in the closing days of 2020 about the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Fauci “lied about masks in March,” Rubio tweeted, and “has been distorting the level of vaccination needed for herd immunity.” His conclusion: “Many in elite bubbles believe the American public doesn’t know ‘what’s good for them’ so they need to be tricked into ‘doing the right thing.’”

Media fact-checkers slammed Rubio. “False and misleading,” an article on CNN’s website called his remarks: Fauci’s advice had

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Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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