Fauci: Twitter 'Almost a Cesspool of Misinformation'

He addresses Elon Musk's prosecution comment
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2022 2:11 AM CST
Updated Dec 14, 2022 2:44 AM CST
Elon Musk: Prosecute Anthony Fauci
Tesla CEO Elon Musk attends the opening of the Tesla factory Berlin Brandenburg in Gruenheide, Germany on March 22, 2022.   (Patrick Pleul/Pool Photo via AP, File)
UPDATE Dec 14, 2022 2:44 AM CST

Anthony Fauci addressed Elon Musk's Sunday tweets about him, telling CNN commentator David Axelrod in a podcast interview, "I don't respond to him." Fauci continued, "I don’t pay any attention to him because that’s merely a distraction. And if you get drawn into that and, I have to be honest, that cesspool of interaction … there’s no value added to that ... it doesn’t help anything." The full conversation will be released online Thursday, Yahoo News reports. He echoed those comments in an MSNBC interview, the Hill reports. In that one, he referred to Twitter as "almost a cesspool of misinformation," saying it's "gone berserk lately."

Dec 12, 2022 2:11 AM CST

Not surprisingly, Elon Musk's latest attention-grabbing tweet is causing wildly different reactions depending which side of the political aisle you're on. "My pronouns are Prosecute/Fauci," the new Twitter CEO tweeted Sunday, along with a meme depicting Fauci as telling President Biden, "Just one more lockdown, my king..." The Hill rounds up what it calls "swift backlash" from many Democrats, but support from those on the right was also easy to find. Marjorie Taylor Greene, for example, quickly replied that she "affirm[s]" Musk's new pronouns, while Rand Paul said Fauci should be "required to testify under oath regarding any discussions he participated in concerning the Wuhan lab leak."

But, as a Democratic lawmaker from New York pointed out, "Elon Musk wants to criminalize Anthony Fauci because he disagrees with him." Despite his claims to the contrary, Ritchie Torres continued, "Elon is no champion of free speech." As Axios reports, one of the replies to Musk's tweet about Fauci was a user asking, "when will we get the twitter files on covid?" Musk's reply: "oh it is coming bigtime..." Musk has been releasing so-called "Twitter Files," internal documents illustrating how Twitter was run before he bought it, which Musk claims prove the social network used to engage in censorship. (More Elon Musk stories.)

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