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How the Hell Do 'Experts' Not Have Concrete Answers to Basic COVID-19 Questions?

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It’s been a year, how the hell do the “experts” not have concrete answers to basic questions about COVID-19? The people charged with telling people how to be as safe as possible have no idea how to be safe, as possible or otherwise. Worse, they just say anything, contradict themselves the next day, and pretend nothing has changed. And, of course, cable news simply broadcasts it all, unquestioned. 

There is no human being on the planet who has changed their story more than Anthony Fauci. He’s a doctor, he went to medical school and graduated, but there isn’t much to suggest he’s treated a patient since the late 1960s. He’s a bureaucrat, a pretty bad one, who became “known,” as they say, for his work on an AIDS vaccine. If you’re playing the home game, there is no AIDS vaccine. That makes him the Steve Bartman of vaccine development. (No offense to Steve Bartman, I would’ve done the same thing in that seat and Bartman didn’t go on to spend the rest of this life telling the Cubs how to play baseball).

Through it all, Fauci has managed to become the highest-paid person in the federal government, even more than the President of the United States. The attention and fame he’s garnered through the pandemic will lead to a seven, maybe eight, figure book deal and a speaking fee rivaling any world leader.

Unfortunately, Fauci’s salary of $416,608 breaks down to roughly $758 per contradiction over the past year. Name a side of an issue and he’s been on it. There has been zero consistency for that money. A mortal would have been fired, he will be carved into a mountain, if liberals have their way. 

Every TV doctor and medical contributor to any outlet has been embarrassingly wrong about everything. Unable to fend off the pull everyone in journalism has succumbed to, they uncritically parrot whatever the latest supposition is. When someone, say a Dr. Scott Atlas, questions the current narrative, they are smeared as a kook and audiences are always reminded that they are “not a virologist.” These reminders are usually conveyed by people like Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon, or the former head of Planned Parenthood, also not a virologist.

When they contradict themselves they do so without fear. They are, after all, the ones who would call themselves out and they aren’t about to do that. The teleprompter readers they work with aren’t either, they aren’t bright enough to notice anyway. 

The politicians are probably the worst. They possess all the authority their offices can muster and none of the knowledge of a curious child. Toss in a pile of political advantage-seeking coupled with a willingness to use it and the possibilities for stupidity and exploitation are endless. Texas will be a killing field, they said, while Florida will be a pool of death. Any state seeking to allow its citizens to live their lives as free and responsible human beings is denounced and relentlessly lied about.

MSNBC’s ironically named Joy Reid, perhaps the left’s greatest purveyor of lies and paranoid conspiracy theories, has made denouncing Florida her bread and butter, aside from race-baiting lies. Anyone willing to accuse Governor Ron DeSantis of murder is booked for extended echo sessions. She’d book New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to attack DeSantis, if he was willing to take a long enough break from sexually harassing female staffers to do it. 

Shameless doesn’t begin to describe the left in the last year. You can’t accurately say they’ve all been wrong, but only because they’ve been everything, said everything, over the last 12 months. Someone can easily dodge a charge of being wrong when they’ve been on all sides of an issue. Having been a yes, no, or maybe, and everything in between, they can always circle back to whatever “right” option suits any particular moment to prove they weren’t. 

Better still, for them at least, when singing from the same hymnal as everyone else engaging in this incompetence, who’s going to point it out? 

If anything good comes out of this year of disaster it will hopefully be a lack of belief in “experts” saying whatever it is the left needs them to say at any given moment. It’s a shame it took the death of actual expertise – murder, really – to reach this conclusion, but when it’s the only way to stop the damage being done, so be it.

Derek Hunter is the host of a free daily podcast (subscribe!), host of a daily radio show on WCBM in Maryland, and author of the book, Outrage, INC., which exposes how liberals use fear and hatred to manipulate the masses. Follow him on Twitter at @DerekAHunter.

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