Marble Halls & Silver Screens With Sarah Lee Ep. 110: The 'Fauci Fib, Concrete Cowboy, and Baldwin Tragedy' Edition

I don’t know how everyone else is handling the news that the NIH is basically coming clean and, as a result, throwing Dr. Anthony Fauci under the bus (where, I’m sorry to say, he belongs), but I’m personally more ticked off daily about everything that’s happened over the last two years. If you’ve not been paying attention (and I know readers of this site generally do), here’s a recap:


From The Washington Examiner:

The National Institutes of Health admitted Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance broke its reporting rules when conducting bat coronavirus research, with critics immediately contending this means the Wuhan lab collaborator had indeed been conducting gain-of-function research and NIH lied about it.

NIH principal deputy director Lawrence Tabak said in a Wednesday letter that EcoHealth provided a five-year progress report on bat coronavirus research conducted under an NIH grant, and “the limited experiment described in th final progress report” was “testing if spike proteins from naturally occurring bat coronaviruses circulating in China were capable of binding to the human ACE2 receptor in a mouse model.”

And Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who Fauci condescendingly lied to and intimated was an ignorant rube regarding what gain-of-function research is (which will be part of the narrative going forward, by the way. They’re going to be misdirecting and redefining to explain what has essentially been a cover-up), had his say immediately following the letter’s release.


“‘I told you so’ doesn’t even begin to cover it here,” Paul tweeted Wednesday.

And then this dropped this morning. Are we all finally seeing through the thin veneer of the “for the greater good” rhetoric of (as a friend and colleague calls him) Dr. St. Anthony Fauci?

Prepare yourselves to hear that the research was necessary to find a vaccination for a super flu; and for parsed language that their work wasn’t technically gain of function; and that going through the EcoHealth Alliance was just how things are done and wasn’t an attempt to subvert transparency. Because that’s all coming.


But it’s coming in a new way, one that has Fauci and the NIH on defense. And that’s a very good and important narrative shift.

I discuss all that on the show today, as well as talk about the absolutely beautiful film, “Concrete Cowboy” (trailer below; seriously, see it). And there are thoughts on the Alec Baldwin tragedy that I hope offer something productive to consider. Give it a roll.

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