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Dr. Anthony Fauci says some Fox News coverage of the pandemic is 'outlandish'

September 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Dr. Anthony Fauci goes everywhere, including on Fox News, to spread his messages about the public health measures that are necessary to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

New York (CNN Business)Dr. Anthony Fauci goes everywhere, including on Fox News, to spread his messages about the public health measures that are necessary to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

But he sees Fox's prime time coverage of the pandemic and says some of it is "outlandish. "

Fauci made the comments about Fox, unprompted, during an interview with me in conjunction with World News Day on Monday.

Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, is also sometimes a target of Fox News personalities such as Laura Ingraham.

Fauci addressed the mixed messages regarding mask use in Monday's interview, saying, "if you look at the scientific data, the masks clearly work. " He said face coverings are part of a multi-faceted approach of "keeping distance, avoiding crowds, washing hands, doing things outdoors much more than indoors -- all of that is a combination of prevention modalities that are easy to do. "

Fauci said it is vital for public health officials to publicize "a consistent message as often as you possibly can, because there is so much misinformation during this very divisive time that we're in. "

Fauci said that, overall, he has a very strong relationship with the nation's news media, with connections that date back decades in some cases.

What's noticeably different about the media in 2020, during the pandemic, are the outlets that provide "opposing perspectives on what seems to be a pretty obvious fact or a body of data," he said.

He brought up Fox News in that context.

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