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It is convenient how you ignore all the work RFK Jr did to get the environment cleaned up which for sure saved many lives and improved the health of countless people. I do not agree with RFK Jr on many things but you seem to simply want to cherry pick his past to make him look as bad as possible which is ironic given that you are kind of claiming that is what he does in his medical analysis. I have said it before and I will say it again, if the medical community wants to be taken seriously again they need to stop acting like this. You really are not helping your case. People can do their own research and when they do they will likely discover all the good RFK Jr has done on the environment and realize you ignored it and wonder why. You play directly into what you claim to want to fight by acting in the way you do. Vinay Prasad has done a good job of giving RFK Jr credit when due while still calling him out when he is wrong. You, not so much.

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excellent split-screen comparison of the background and accomplishments of Dr. Fauci and RFK Jr. The lives saved or improved by Dr. Fauci's direct and indirect efforts is contrasted with the mis-/dys-information and lives endangered by the conspiracy-spewing fact-less scion of a once storied family.

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Jesuit training doesn't promise that one will adhere to the teachings as noted in your post regarding RFK Jr.

My son is gay, healthy and able to lead a life without the fear that those in the 80's lived with daily. Knowing that AIDS is better controlled today thanks to Dr. Fauci's tireless work, this mom is deeply grateful. Hopefully, there will be a vaccine in the near future to prevent this horrible disease. I'm sure RFK Jr. will be against that one too!

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Fauci funded gain of function research at the Wuhan institute of virology and literally created COVID. Even if well intentioned, he covered it up and even lied to our elected representatives. You are part of this with your silence.

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No amount of propaganda from bought and paid for corrupt physicians and scientists or those willing to turn a blind eye out of fear or those whose objectiveness has been overcome by cognitive bias and denial is going to change the actual facts.

Fauci and his cohorts are responsible for the death of millions of people via the gain of function research that produced the Covid virus.

They were repeatedly wrong on the developments of the pandemic, the impact of lockdowns, and other strategic handling of the pandemic.

They closed off discussion with other eminently qualified scientists and doctors that disagreed with some of how we were handling things and that ultimately seem to have been more correct even if not perfectly correct.

They repeatedly lied to the American people (noble lies or not) on the efficacy of the Covid vaccine even as real time honest data was coming out of Israel just months into the pandemic and vaccination program.

They repeatedly lied about the safety of the vaccine which was generating all sorts of red flag safety signals almost immediately and is clearly more dangerous than advertised.

They repeatedly promoted the vaccine to young healthy children and young males who were at very low risk from Covid but higher risk from the vaccine without enough testing to have a full understanding of the risk/reward (profits profits profits).

They lied about immunity from prior infection.

People talk a lot about about conspiracy theories these days.

Well, how can anyone with a functioning brain not think much of this was an elaborate way to promote mRNA technology and create hundreds of billions of dollars of profits for drug companies, media companies that get advertising dollars, the medical and scientific community etc...You are all either corrupt, idiots, or scumbags and I know you are not idiots.

My parent's generation was permanently changed by the destruction of WWII and the subsequent fear of the Soviet Union.

This generation has been permanently changed by the corruption of the medical community, drug companies, media companies, and people like Fauci. One of the great evils of world history was open and understood by everyone. This one is a little more subtle and not as well understood, but there are enough of us that do understand the facts to know that the medical community has lost the confidence of a huge percentage of people that aren't sheep and that Fauci is a corrupt, incompetent, evil man.

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Excellent piece!!!! I’ve always said that RFK Jr should have stayed within the environmental activism niche. He is widely recognized for his achievements in that area. There’s plenty of work to be done for the environment and it’s impact on climate change. However, it is extremely unfortunate that he strayed away into topics that he has literally no knowledge about, and knowingly, has twisted medical and health information that he spits out as venomous misinformation all for the purpose of remaining relevant, and more recently, to attract voters. I despise him greatly. Not a decent human being!!!!

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I can sum up my previous more elaborate tirade quickly.

RFK Jr may be wrong about some things, but his intent is good. He's a good human being.

Fauci is a corrupt, lying, incompetent, arrogant, sack of shit that believes he is above the American people. He's a terrible human being.

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When Dr Hotez was exposed as a corrupt fraud, Dr Offit took over. We can expect the same outcome.

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Thx Dr Offit for this well written piece. While I don’t agree w/Dr Fauci on everything, Kennedy is a total shill. Even on environmental issues he has flawed knowledge. The best most recent BS he has spewed is the the Chinese and Askanhazi Jews have immunity to COVID.

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The problem with cleaning toilets is you are going to get poop on your hands. Paul might be better off defending science than defending either of these two men he writes about.

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Biggest revelation of the Real Fauci book was how he used black and Hispanic foster children for his cruel and fruitless HIV vaccine experiments because no parental consent was needed. Some of the children didn’t even have HIV according to a credible whistleblower. This is criminal.

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Cherry picking involves suppressing evidence; specifically, selecting certain facts or data that confirm a position while ignoring other facts or data that would contradict that position. What happened on American Samoa is part of the historical record and can be fact-checked by any reader. Offit has not committed this fallacy. His post was about RFK Jr.'s disinformation on vaccines, and he did not misrepresent what RFK Jr. said nor the unfortunate sequelae. Apparently you are reading uninformed sources, and you double-down when that is pointed out by other posters. Just like a conspiracy thinker.

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I live in hope that neither the Orangutan nor Nasty Ron ever get close to having Federal power over the health of the US in the future. We, on the 'other side of the pond', generally hold Dr Fauci in high regard. Sure, we also have nutter antivaxxers, but very few holds public office and none have a seat at the top tables (yet).

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As a non US resident/citizen I have no preconceived notions about either person professionally nor personally. I do have problems with RFK Jr and his stance on vaccines, particularly the non existent link between MMR and autism, which, unfortunately, was mooted by a British doctor. His continued belief that mercury compounds are in vaccines, despite them not being present in all vaccines except the influenza vaccine for at least two decades.

With regards to Anthony Fauci, I only have what is available through our media which is biased one way or the other.

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I'm an inconvenient TRUTH TELLER

I'm someone that paid extremely close attention to the details of the pandemic, data coming from Israel on efficacy and safety early in the pandemic and vaccination program, everything Fauci said that was a lie based on that data and well known science, data and info that has since been released on the lab leak and research in Wuhan, corruption and conflicts of interest between the FDA, drug companies, media, Fauci, and medical establishment etc.. and I'm sick and tired of all these terrible human being getting away with it.

If people want to point out the problems with RFK Jr and the errors he's made regarding vaccines and on health in general, I have no problem with that. However, don't defend Fauci!!

Fauci had a role in creating this pandemic, mishandled it badly, lied to the American people repeatedly, had a role in censoring other eminently qualified doctors and scientists that disagreed with him, had suspect motives for using mRNA vaccines, benefited financially, and has many conflicts of interest.

He's horrible horrible human being PERIOD and people should understand that truth. Then we can worry about RFK Jr's mistaken interpretations of data on vaccines.

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Can RFK, Jr. be sued for defamation in his comment re. Dr. Fauci?

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