Sunday April 05, 2020
Anthony Fauci's Fine Balance
From David Remnick's New Yorker piece, “Trump in the Time of the Coronavirus”:
Time and again during this crisis, Trump has questioned the science put in front of him. He has, in his familiar way, contradicted the experts in his Administration. The result is unnerving both for the experts and the public. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is one of the officials who have tried to navigate doing their jobs properly and, at the same time, dealing with a completely unpredictable President. Fauci has openly, if subtly, clashed with Trump, telling him that it will likely take more than a year, not “a few months,” to develop a vaccine. “You should never destroy your own credibility. And you don't want to go to war with a President,” Fauci told Politico. “But you got to walk the fine balance of making sure you tell the truth.”
Not news for anyone paying attention; and for those for whom it would be news, they won't pay attention. It's still worth repeating. It's still worth making sure you tell the truth.
How sad that telling such truth requires “a fine balance,” even when it means saving lives.