Tuesday, September 22, 2020

A Troll In Fauci's Office

 I want to make sure that I comment on the following story of Republican abomination.  The comment is from the Daily Beast, although it is being covered elsewhere too:

A Notorious COVID Troll Actually Works for Dr. Fauci’s Agency...Bill Crews is a PR official at the National Institutes of Health. But he also has another job: an anonymous RedState editor who rails against the agency for which he works.

The managing editor of the prominent conservative website RedState has spent months trashing U.S. officials tasked with combating COVID-19, dubbing White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci a “mask nazi,” and intimating that government officials responsible for the pandemic response should be executed.

But that writer, who goes by the pseudonym “streiff,” isn’t just another political blogger. The Daily Beast has discovered that he actually works in the public affairs shop of the very agency that Fauci leads...According to his LinkedIn page, Crews has worked as a press officer at NIAID since 2007...Crews’ posts on coronavirus at RedState have directly contradicted the guidelines put out by the White House coronavirus task force and the nation’s various public health agencies, including the NIH. “This whole thing has been a total fraud, insofar as the policy response to Wuhan virus, from day one,” he wrote in June. “There has never been a need for a lockdown. There has never been a need for wearing masks.”

Crews wrote in a June post on RedState:

“If there were justice,” he added, “we’d send and [sic] few dozen of these fascists to the gallows and gibbet their tarred bodies in chains until they fall apart.”

Streiff is hardly just a Covid troll, as described by the Daily Beast.  He is a long time right wing propagandist who has spent years spreading the worst sort of wingnut lies at Red State. I felt the necessity of commenting on this myself because not only is it one more example of right wing hypocrisy and duplicity at work, but because Crews, aka "Streiff," has been a constant source of material here at Wingnut Wrapup as long as my blog has existed.  He is a truly execrable liar and promoter of the worst values to be found in this country, and is a perfect example of the infiltration of our government by right wing white supremacists. 


Infidel753 said...

Gaack. I read RedState now and then so I'm pretty familiar with Streiff (almost the same as the German word for "conflict" oddly enough). Can't say I'm surprised at his "retirement" -- publicly undermining the employer's mission isn't generally considered a desirable trait in an employee. Calling the boss a Nazi can't be helpful either.

Anonymous said...

I read that one of the SE Asian countries ( malaysia, Indonesia?) are requiring "antimaskers" to become gravediggers for the victims of the virus. Without protective gear.
Seems appropiate.