As President Joe Biden’s chief White House COVID-19 advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci has long told Americans how they should live. Now, he’s apparently trying to dictate who they can watch on television.
According to The Hill, Fauci is demanding that Fox News fire popular conservative host Jesse Watters after he called for someone to question Fauci over alleged ties to the Wuhan Institute of Virology and gain-of-function research funded by his agency.
Those comments were made while Watters spoke at an event this weekend organized by the conservative organization Turning Point USA.
“This is where you say Dr. Fauci you funded risky research at a sloppy Chinese lab,” Watters told the audience at the event on Monday evening, encouraging someone to obtain recorded video of Fauci stumbling through excuses.
“Boom. He is dead”
“The same lab that sprung this pandemic on the world,” Watters continued, adding. “You know what people don’t trust you, don’t you?”
“Boom. He is dead,” the conservative commentator declared rhetorically. “He’s dead. He’s done. You do that 30 seconds, it’s all you need.”
Watters then promised that Fox News would play footage of such an encounter, insisting, “Get us that! That’s what we want. That changes the whole conversation of the country.”
In giving his instructions, Watters specifically told those seeking to question Fauci to “be respectful,” and to identify themselves prior to starting any interaction, but of course, that particular context was conveniently left out by the liberal mainstream media.
As The Hill noted, that didn’t stop Fauci from denouncing Watters’ words as “horrible” during a Tuesday morning interview with CNN’s New Day.
“That just is such a reflection of the craziness that goes on in society,” the infectious disease expert said. “And he’s gonna go, very likely, unaccountable … I mean whatever network he’s on is not going to do anything. I mean that’s crazy, the guy should be fired on the spot.”
For its part, Fox News released a statement defending its host while saying his words have been “twisted completely out of context” by his critics.
“Based on watching the full clip and reading the entire transcript, it’s more than clear that Jesse Watters was using a metaphor for asking hard-hitting questions to Dr. Fauci about gain-of-function research,” the network said in a statement obtained by Newsweek.