Dr Fauci says Fox News’ Jesse Watters should be fired over ‘kill one shot’ remark
Dr Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday that Fox News host Jesse Watters should be fired from the network for his inflammatory rhetoric about the infectious disease expert in a speech to young conservatives.
“It’s horrible. I mean it’s such a reflection of the insanity that’s going on in society,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in an interview with CNN.
“The only thing I have ever done in those two years is to encourage people to practice good public health practices, to get vaccinated, to be careful in public places, to wear a mask, and why do you have a guy over there who says people should give me a death blow to ambush me? “
“The guy should be fired right away,” he said, although he predicted he would not be held responsible.
In a speech at Turning Point USA’s AmericaFest in Phoenix on Monday, Watters suggested that attendees film themselves confronting Fauci in public with questions about the root of the pandemic, citing conspiracy theories about the origin of the virus.
“Now you’re going for the death blow, the death blow with an ambush, lethal because he doesn’t see it coming,” Watters said.
“That’s when you say, ‘Dr. Fauci, you funded risky research in a shoddy Chinese lab. The same laboratory that started this pandemic around the world. You know why people don’t trust you, don’t you? Boom, he’s dead! He is dead! He finished !
Fauci’s prediction turned out to be correct. Fox News defended Watters, telling media in a statement that the host’s words were “completely twisted out of context.”
“From viewing the full clip and reading the entire transcript, it’s more than clear that Jesse Watters was using a metaphor to ask hard-hitting questions,” he said.
Watters made a name for himself doing ambush interviews for Fox News. Its terminology, however, was not something others in the industry were familiar with.
“I have never used or heard this term used, and have done my fair share of ambush interviews as an investigative producer,” Mark Lukasiewicz, dean of the School of Communication, told The Associated Press. from Hofstra University and longtime NBC News reporter. .
Fauci, one of the most visible public health experts throughout the pandemic, has faced hateful comments and death threats for his part in implementing COVID-19 mitigation strategies.
He recently told Yahoo News in an interview that inflammatory comments from anti-vaccine activists and Fox News figures often accelerate the threats he and his family receive.
Last month, Fox Nation host Lara Logan was condemned by Jewish groups after inexplicably comparing Fauci to Josef Mengele, a Nazi doctor who performed horrific and deadly experiments on concentration camp prisoners during the ‘Holocaust.