On Wednesday, Fox News Host Tucker Carlson criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), following an email leak concerning the origins of COVID-19.
On Wednesday's edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight, Carlson explained that the emails showed that Fauci "was worried that the public might conclude COVID had originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology."
Carlson then criticized mainstream media outlets for failing to ask the Biden administration about the emails due to, what he called, their "religious veneration" of Fauci.
"No reporters asked about these emails at today's White House press briefing," the Fox News host said. "Not one question. But you shouldn't be surprised, of course they didn't ask. Tony Fauci is too big to question at this point."
"In affluent neighborhoods throughout Northwest Washington, D.C., you can still see signs that say, 'Thank You, Dr. Fauci,'" he continued. "What does that tell you? It tells you that Tony Fauci is no longer a scientist, assuming he ever was one. Tony Fauci is a figure of religious veneration. He is Jesus for people who don't believe in God."
In one email dated January 31, 2020, Kristian G. Andersen, director of the Scripps Research Institute, informed Fauci that some of the features over COVID-19 were "unusual" and "(potentially) look engineered."
After conducting further research, however, Andersen rescinded his original theory that the virus was manmade.
"As I have said many times, we seriously considered a lab leak as a possibility," Andersen explained in a Twitter post on Monday. "However, significant new data, extensive analyses and many discussions led to the conclusions in our paper."
"What the email shows is a clear example of the scientific process," he added.
As I have said many times, we seriously considered a lab leak a possibility.— Kristian G. Andersen (@K_G_Andersen) June 1, 2021
However, significant new data, extensive analyses, and many discussions led to the conclusions in our paper.
What the email shows, is a clear example of the scientific process.https://t.co/54pmeyTkV5 https://t.co/ckkgsu780X
On the same day, Fauci instructed his NIAID subordinate Dr. Hugh Auchincloss in a separate email to read a paper on "gain-of-function research" of coronaviruses.
The term gain-of-function research describes the alteration of an organism or a disease in a way where the transmissibility of a pathogen is increased.
In response to Fauci, Auchincloss promised to figure out if the NIAID had "any distant ties to this work abroad."
At the time of this writing, investigations concerning the origins of COVID-19 are ongoing. In a statement released on May 26, President Joe Biden explained that back in March, he had the U.S. Intelligence Community prepare a report on their "most up-to-date analysis of the origins of COVID-19, including whether it emerged from human contact with an infected animal or from a laboratory accident."
While the intelligence community has "coalesced around two likely scenarios", they have not reached a "definitive conclusion" on how the virus originated.
Biden added that he has since asked the intelligence community to "redouble their efforts to collect and analyze information that could bring us closer to a definitive conclusion" and report back to him in 90 days.
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer. He is also the co-hosts of the For Your Soul podcast, which seeks to equip the church with biblical truth and sound doctrine. Visit his blog Blessed Are The Forgiven.