In a piece criticizing Dr. Anthony Fauci, Piers Morgan, a British television host, did not mince words in declaring that the prominent figure should “shut the f*[**] up.”
Morgan mocked Fauci’s ubiquitous media appearances during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’ve never heard Dr. Anthony Fauci’s cell phone voicemail greeting, but I imagine it says: ‘Yes, I’ll come on your show,’” Morgan quipped. “For someone whose day job is supposed to be leading America’s scientific and medical war against Covid-19, he seems to have an incredible amount of spare time for self-promotional media interviews.”
Morgan did offer some words of praise for the public health figure in the piece as well, writing that Fauci is “indisputably an outstanding scientist who has done a lot of great work for his country for many decades.”
Fauci is chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden.
The 80-year-old medical figure, who has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for more than three decades, has proven to be a controversial figure amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“With his arrogant partisan performances this weekend, Fauci’s laid bare the inherent weakness of his obsession with going on TV,” Morgan wrote. “The more he talks, the less many Americans either like or believe him,” he added. “They just see a narcissistic blow-hard who likes the sound of his own voice and constantly changes his mind.”
Morgan said that “the more he contradicts himself on TV, the more he erodes public trust.”
“If, as he insists, his only interest is in saving lives, then it’s time Anthony Fauci put his ego away, stayed off TV and shut the f*[**] up,” Morgan concluded.
In the piece, Morgan pointed to comments Fauci made during an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation”.
Margaret Brennan said to Fauci that U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) “told the attorney general you should be prosecuted.”
In replying to Brennan, Fauci laughed, “I should be prosecuted? What happened on January 6 senator?”
“Do you think that this is about making you a scapegoat to deflect from President Trump?” Brennan inquired.
“Of course,” Fauci said.
During the interview Fauci also said that “they’re really criticizing science, because I represent science.”
Earlier this year Cruz asked Attorney General Merrick Garland, “Is the Department of Justice investigating Dr. Fauci for lying to Congress?” The lawmaker also asked if the attorney general would appoint a special prosecutor.