As Anthony Fauci prepares to leave his job at the end of the year, he decided to go on an interview with Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC. The interview mainly revolved around Mitchell asking him how he feels about his critics.
Elon Musk was the first person on Fauci's list of critics. He referred to him as a criminal due to his choice of pronouns, which he referred to as "prosecute" or "Fauci." The journalist then asked him how he felt about being labeled a criminal by someone with a megaphone.
Even though Fauci claims that he doesn't pay attention to Twitter, he took a shot at Musk's vision for the platform. He said that it's going to become a "cesspool of misinformation" due to how it has gone "berserk" recently.
Mitchell started the interview by reading a statement from John Brennan, a former CIA director, defending Fauci. After that, the journalist opened the floor back up to him to talk about the division and hate in the public.
During the interview, Fauci noted that the current political environment could cause young people to leave their careers in public health. He also said that the politicization of science could cause people to turn away from scientific research.
Mitchell repeatedly asked Fauci how difficult it was for him to watch Donald Trump, who was the former president, make inaccurate statements about public health.
Mitchell also asked Fauci if he thought that the way the political environment has turned polarized has led to the deaths of people.
He also referred to the concept of social distancing as being good for public health principles, which people did not like.
Mitchell then asked Fauci if he could have done something differently to prevent the politicization of science. Fauci said that he could not stop it, but he also claimed that he and others could have explained things better.
Mitchell then went to commercial instead of challenging Fauci on what Slate called his "noble lies." Following the break, the only tough question that Mitchell asked Fauci was about school closures. He danced around the question and did not provide an answer.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on News Busters.