Fauci ‘astounded’ Fox has not punished Lara Logan for ‘slanderous’ Nazi comments

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Dr. Anthony Fauci criticized Fox Nation host Lara Logan Thursday for her comments comparing him to an infamous Nazi war criminal earlier this week, calling the conservative journalist’s comparison ‘slanderous’ and ‘disgusting.’

Speaking to MSNBC host Chris Haye Thursday night, Fauci called on Fox to take disciplinary action against the journalist – who faced backlash Monday after she compared the chief White House medical adviser to Josef Mengele, a Nazi doctor whose hideous experiments on Jewish concentration camp victims during World War II earned him the chilling moniker ‘Angel of Death.’ 

‘It’s an insult to all of the people who suffered and died under the Nazi regime in the concentration camps,’ Fauci, 80, fumed on Hayes’ primetime political commentary program All In. 

Dr. Anthony Fauci criticized Fox Nation host Lara Logan Thursday for her comments comparing him to an infamous Nazi war criminal earlier this week, calling the conservative journalist’s comparison ‘slanderous’ and ‘disgusting.’

‘I mean, it’s unconscionable what she said.’ 

‘What I find striking, Chris,’ the irate immunologist continued, ‘is how she gets no discipline whatsoever from the Fox network. 

‘How they can let her say that with no comment and no disciplinary action? I’m astounded by that!’ 

Logan, 50, slammed Fauci Monday during a discussion on Fox News Primetime about the Biden administration’s response to the new super-mutated Omicron COVID-19 variant.

Fox Nation presenter Lara Logan sparked a firestorm on Monday when she compared Dr Anthony Fauci to the Nazi doctor Josef Mengele

Fox Nation presenter Lara Logan sparked a firestorm on Monday when she compared Dr Anthony Fauci to the Nazi doctor Josef Mengele 

During the televised talk, the journalist – whose career took a hit in 2013 when a 2012 report on the Benghazi attack from the then CBS correspondent was exposed as false – offered her insight on the emergence of new Omicron variant after host Pete Hegseth, a known critic of coronavirus vaccine mandates and masking policies, accused the Biden administration of overhyping the still largely unknown strain. 

‘There’s no justification for putting people out of there jobs or forcing mandates for a disease that’s ultimately very treatable, it’s cheap to treat, medicines are available all over the world, and it has death rates that compare very much to seasonal flu,’ Logan declared during the Monday night discussion.

Dr Anthony Fauci speaks alongside President Joe Biden  as he delivers remarks on the Omicron COVID-19 variant on Monday

Mengele, dubbed the 'Angel of Death,' was a doctor at the Auschwitz death camp in occupied Poland who performed hideous experiments on prisoners

‘This is what people say to me, that he doesn’t represent science to them. He represents Joseph Mengele,’ Logan said of Dr Fauci. Mengele, dubbed the ‘Angel of Death,’ was a doctor at the Auschwitz death camp in occupied Poland who performed hideous experiments on prisoners  

The South African journalist, who joined Fox last year, then set her sights on Fauci, and made the contentious comparison. 

‘In that moment, what you see on Dr. Fauci, what people say to me, is that he doesn’t represent science to them. 

‘He represents Josef Mengele – the Nazi doctor who did experiments on Jews during the second world war and in the concentration camps.’

JOSEF MENGELE, THE ‘ANGEL OF DEATH’

Josef Mengele

Josef Mengele

Josef Mengele had a doctorate in medicine from Frankfurt University, but used his knowledge in a sickening manner at the Auschwitz concentration camp, where he performed experiments as an SS physician from 1943 to 1945.

Although prisoners transferred to his wing to be studied escaped the gas chambers and were well fed, they often ultimately met an even more painful death.

Mengele regularly performed surgery without anaesthetic and would obtain bodies to work on simply by injecting chloroform into inmates’ hearts while they slept, which would kill them in seconds.

He was most interested in heredity and once tried to change the colour of children’s eyes by injecting chemicals directly into them.

Twins held a particular fascination for him and it’s estimated that he examined around 3,000 – but only 100 pairs survived.

Pregnant women were also singled out. He was known to have performed vivisections on them before consigning them to the death chambers.

The so-called Angel of Death was on the Allied commanders’ most-wanted list from 1944, but he escaped to South America and was never found, despite the best efforts of private investigators and the Israeli secret service, Mossad. 

Logan added: ‘I’m talking about people all across the world who are saying this.’

‘The response from COVID,’ she continued, ‘what it has done to countries everywhere, what it has done to civil liberties, the suicide rates, the poverty – it has obliterated economies. 

‘The level of suffering that has been created because of this disease is now being seen in the cold light of day, i.e. the truth – and people see that there is no justification for what is being done.’

The comments prompted immediate backlash from a slew of social media users and organizations aligned against anti-Semitism, like the Anti-Defamation League and American Jewish Committee – both demanding apologies from the firebrand journalist.

Fox, meanwhile, has remained silent amid the controversy – whereas Logan has stood by her comments, going as far as to encourage attacks on the Auschwitz Museum for condemning her Nazi analogy.

Appearing on MSNBC’s All In on Thursday night, Fauci was asked by host Hayes to weigh in on the Fox personality’s incendiary remarks, playing a short clip highlighting Logan’s attack on the medical adviser – hours after he appeared at a press conference beside President Joe Biden to talk about the new variant, encouraging Americans to get renewed doses of the vaccine to quell its spread.

‘I know that you want to talk about Omicron and I want to talk about Omicron, and I want to talk about the winter,’ Hayes, 42, began in the Thursday interview.

‘But I feel like I’m talking to you and you’ve become this character, in the imagination of tens of millions of people in this country, because they think that you represent some tyrannical plot to keep the boot of COVID restrictions on the neck of free people.’

The anchor then asked Fauci how he felt about Logan’s comments, spurring the medical professional to go on a tirade condemning the journalist.

‘I just wonder how you respond to that,’ Hayes asked.

 ‘Look, Chris,’ Fauci began after viewing the contentious clip, visibly agitated. ‘I think the response is with so many people throughout the country and the world are responding to that absolutely preposterous and disgusting comparison that she makes.’

‘It’s an insult to all of the people who suffered and died under the Nazi regime in the concentration camps,’ he continued. 

‘I mean, it’s unconscionable what she said.’

Fauci also took issue with Logan’s claims that the death rate for COVID-19 is comparable to that of a seasonal flu.

‘Forget about the fact that she was being totally slanderous to me and, as usual, had no idea what she was talking about,’ Fauci raged during the primetime interview. 

‘Saying that it’s as benign as flu. When did influenza kill 770,000 Americans?’

Fauci added: ‘So not only is she being slanderous and disrespectful to so many people who were killed in the concentration camps by Dr. Mengele, but she absolutely has no idea what she’s talking about. She’s completely incorrect in everything she says.’ 

Fauci’s comments condemning both Fox News and Logan comes shortly after it was revealed that the doctor – who has become a lightning rod for conservatives opposing vaccination and mask mandates – would be again entertaining interview requests from the conservative network, after reportedly turning down their requests for months.

The doctor is currently set to appear on the Fox Business Network’s Cavuto: Coast to Coast at 1 pm Friday, to discuss the US’ strategy to quell the new variant, which emerged last week in Southern Africa.

It has since spread to a variety of countries across the globe, including the States – with a case detected in California earlier in the week, and further cases being reported in states like New York, Minnesota, Hawaii, and Colorado.

The revelation concerning Fauci’s Fox reemergence comes as the White House adviser has verbally sparred with various GOP politicians this week alone, including Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, and Fox News fixture Tucker Carlson. 

Republican Senators Paul and Cruz slammed the scientist Sunday, after Fauci stated during an interview on CBS’ Face the Nation that those who criticize him actually criticize science. 

Paul slammed Fauci for displaying 'absolute hubris' through his comments, which he viewed as overly brazen

Cruz contended that Fauci has done more to hurt the credibility of science and doctors by being 'dishonest,' 'political,' and 'partisan'

Republican Senators Rand Paul and Ted Cruz slammed Fauci on separate Fox News interviews Sunday, after the White House’s chief medical adviser stated during an interview on CBS’ Face the Nation earlier that day that those who criticize him criticize science

Paul slammed Fauci for displaying ‘absolute hubris’ through his comments, which he viewed as overly brazen, while Cruz contended that Fauci has done more to hurt the credibility of science and doctors by being ‘dishonest,’ ‘political,’ and ‘partisan.’ 

Fauci responded to Cruz’s claim that he be prosecuted later that day in an interview with CBS News, with the medical expert laughing, ‘I should be prosecuted? What happened on January 6th, Senator?’ – referencing the riots held by violent right-wingers at the Capitol early in the year.

During the interview, Fauci dismissed the political attacks against him as nothing more than ‘nonsense’ and ‘noise.’ 

Fox talking head Carlson also took a shot at Fauci this week, after his appearance alongside Biden Monday, comparing the infectious disease expert to another disreputable figure from that period of history – Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.

‘After two years of being nonstop media adulation, Tony Fauci has morphed into an even shorter version of Benito Mussolini,’ Carlson condescendingly commented during Monday’s installment of Tucker Carlson Tonight – ignoring the fact that Fauci and the Italian leader both stand, and stood, respectively, at 5-foot-7.

Despite his status as a target for criticism from right-wing figures for more than a year, since the start of the pandemic, the nation’s foremost disease expert seems to no longer be shying away from such attacks – perhaps spurred by Logan’s comments earlier in the week.

Prior to his interview with Hayes, Fauci was lauded by President Biden Wednesday for his strategies to quell the spread of the coronavirus, as the politician unveiled his plan to deal with the new Omicron variant this winter. 

President said Thursday he hopes his new coronavirus plan could 'put the divisiveness behind us,' as he called for more testing, urged booster shots, and new testing requirements for international travelers. He joked that Dr. Anthony Fauci was president

President said Thursday he hopes his new coronavirus plan could ‘put the divisiveness behind us,’ as he called for more testing, urged booster shots, and new testing requirements for international travelers. He joked that Dr. Anthony Fauci was president

During his speech, held at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, the president slammed the political conflict that has emerged as result of the pandemic.

What’s in Biden’s Winter COVID plan? 

Boosters for All Adults 

Vaccinations to Protect Our Kids and Keep Our Schools Open 

Expanding Free At-Home Testing for Americans 

Stronger Public Health Protocols for Safe International Travel 

Protections in Workplaces to Keep Our Economy Open 

Rapid Response Teams to Help Battle Rising Cases 

Supplying Treatment Pills to Help Prevent Hospitalizations and Death 

Continued Commitment to Global Vaccination Efforts 

Steps to Ensure We Are Prepared for All Scenarios 

‘This is a moment when we can put the divisiveness behind us, I hope,’ the president, 79, stated, as he announced a strategy to deal with the emerging variant which highlights an increase on booster vaccines and travel restrictions – without lockdowns or shutdowns. 

Biden then made a bizarre joke about Fauci, laughing that the latter was the true president. 

‘I’ve seen more Dr. Fauci than I have my wife, we kid each other,’ Biden quipped early on in his speech. ‘Look – who’s president? Fauci!’

Fauci, as mentioned, is poised to appear on Fox Friday afternoon opposite conservative news personality Neil Cavuto, in a rare interview with the right-wing network.

Prior to the upcoming appearance, Fauci only appeared on the network twice in more than three months.

The last time Fauci appeared on Fox News was October 17, for an interview with Chris Wallace. 

Prior to October, Fauci appeared in an interview with Cavuto on July 23. 

Fauci frequently does interviews with other news networks.

Fox did not immediately respond to DailyMail’s request for comment Friday regarding Logan’s inflammatory remarks Monday criticizing the medical advisor.

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