As the new documentary “Died Suddenly” seemingly presents damning evidence against key managers of the COVID pandemic, Tuesday’s (“last”) press briefing with Dr. Fauci, hosted by White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, quickly spun out of control.
When the floor was open to reporters’ questions, many began shouting their concerns — demanding answers from Fauci. Daily Caller White House correspondent Diana Glebova attempted to ask Fauci about the origins of COVID-19 but was cut off by Jean-Pierre.
In trying to regain order in the room, Jean-Pierre said sharply:
“We have a process here. I’m not calling out on people who yell. And you’re being … disrespectful to your colleagues, and you’re being disrespectful to our guest. I will not call on you if you yell, and also you’re taking time off the clock because Dr. Fauci has to leave in a couple of minutes.”
When Glebova voiced her objection, Jean-Pierre said she was “done” and was “not getting into a back-and-forth with you.”
Today News Africa journalist Simon Ateba, who recently took the administration to task for not calling on reporters who do not seem to support the administration’s views, sided with Glebova and told Jean-Pierre her question was valid and should be asked.
“You need to call people across the room. She has a valid question, she’s asked about the origin of COVID,” Ateba said.
“It is not your turn,” Jean-Pierre said sharply. “I hear your question, but we’re not doing this the way you want it. This is disrespectful … Simon, I’m done. Simon, I’m done. I’m done with you right now. You’re taking time away from your colleagues.”
In December, Fauci will step down as the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director. He has faced scrutiny from Republican lawmakers over his COVID-19-related comments, policies and possible improper dealings. A Republican-led House will likely investigate Fauci and other lead health organization officials in 2023.
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