Did NBC News Just Fact Check Fauci?

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This is the type of story that might prompt you to look outside your window to see if you can spot any flying pigs. An NBC News reporter actually pushed back on a claim made by the left’s favorite medical guy, Dr. Anthony Fauci.

During an appearance on CNN last month, Fauci did his usual alarmist routine when discussing crowds attending football games. He told the news outlet that he did not believe it was “smart” for people to attend sporting events because it could cause more COVID-19 infections. He said:

Outdoors is always better than indoors, but even when you have such a congregate setting of people close together, first you should be vaccinated. And when you do have congregate settings, particularly indoors, you should be wearing a mask.

Fauci also argued that the country is still in “outbreak mode” due to the number of cases per day. He also once again promoted the implementation of vaccine and mask mandates.

NBC reporter Shaquille Brewster dunked on Fauci, noting that “crowds in the tens of thousands, mostly unmasked, have sat side-by-side now cheering on their teams at the halfway point of the season.” He continued:

All while doctors warned of games becoming potential super-spreader events. A frightening prospect at the time with hospitals already on the brink.

Brewster is not the only one who has pushed back on the notion that sporting events are super-spreaders.

While discussing college football games in Indiana, Deputy Health Officer Mark Fox told ABC57 that he has seen few COVID cases that resulted from attending football games. He said:

You know people are largely oriented towards the field so if I’m yelling and cheering my droplets are hitting you in the back of the head. Rather than right in the face or the side of your face.

The health official also noted that the reason why these events do not result in increased COVID cases is because they take place outdoors, where the virus is less likely to spread. “People from outside who’s vaccination status we don’t know that poses a bigger risk than the tailgating outside or … attending in the bull or the stadium,” he explained.

A number of experts told Boston 25 News that “with limited capacity, mask-wearing and open-air stadiums, there was no real spike in COVID-19 cases following pro football games.”

The report noted that a study “analyzed hundreds of NFL and NCAA games, comparing games with in-person fans to games without fans in similar-sized counties,” and found that “there was no significant increase in COVID-19 cases following those games with in-person attendance in those surrounding communities.”

If Flip-Flop Fauci didn’t change his mind on issues pertaining to the coronavirus, it would be reasonable to assume he is just being overly cautious in his recommendations. However, at this point, it is clear that he has gone full COVID alarmist. He is one of many attempting to scare the public into accepting intrusive measures ostensibly to slow the spread of the virus.

It is unlikely that NBC’s clapback is the start of the activist media turning on Fauci. While it is surprising that they would contradict him, this does not mean they will not continue fawning over him. However, it seems clear that at least some experts are not toeing the line, as evidenced by a recent dust-up between President Joe Biden’s coronavirus team and outside experts. Hopefully, people will eventually start seeking out other sources of information rather than listening to the fearmonger-in-chief.