Despite rave reviews from the professional commentariat, Disney’s latest documentary on Anthony Fauci, the patron saint of the pandemic, has proven an utter failure with the public. Over at Rotten Tomatoes, the movie rating aggregator, more than 9 out of 10 critics give the nearly two-hour film a "fresh" (positive) rating. In contrast, just 1 in 20 plebeians known as the “audience” have given the film a thumbs-up.
It’s not just that hagiographies of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director have saturated the market, although that market is saturated. Devotees of the good doctor can already pick up copies of InStyle or the Guardian to salivate over Fauci the First. It’s also that there is a riveting drama to be told about St. Fauci versus the bat-borne coronavirus, and crucially, he’s one of the villains.
Despite such a simple assertion warranting a Twitter ban less than a year ago, even the World Health Organization now concedes that the theory that the pandemic originated from gain-of-function research conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (just a few miles from the Huanan Seafood Market that did not even sell bats) is far from debunked.
If true, the implications for cinematic purposes and global politics would be huge. The coronavirus would be a product not just of a communist dictatorship responsible for nearly a fifth of the world’s population, but also of taxpayer funding — authorized by Fauci in particular. Despite President Joe Biden’s cozy relationship with the doctor, it was the administration of his previous boss, President Donald Trump, that put a halt to federal funding of risky gain-of-function experiments such as those at the WIV. Fauci and the outgoing director of the National Institutes of Health, Francis Collins, designed a workaround to fund collaborators with the WIV, such as EcoHealth Alliance, the New York-based organization headed by Peter Daszak.
Daszak, who worked directly with the WIV’s “bat woman,” virologist Shi Zhengli, spearheaded the since-retracted Lancet letter charging that the lab leak hypothesis was conspiratorial nonsense, a claim backed early on by Fauci and his friends. If the lab leak hypothesis is indeed correct (as scientists such as Robert Redfield, the former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director, assert), Fauci didn’t just fund the pandemic that decimated the global economy — he also contributed to its cover-up.
That would be a hell of a story: the man who abandoned his (admittedly very noble) goal of creating a vaccine for HIV to game viruses for maximum transmissibility in hope of preventing a pandemic and fund the creation of one inadvertently due to his hubris.
But that would entail real journalism and challenging the party lines of both America's health bureaucracy and the Chinese Communist Party. No way would Disney jeopardize its audience across the Pacific. Instead, we are left with the utter dud that is the eponymous Fauci documentary.
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