Enlarge /. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, wears a Washington Nationals protective mask after a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing in Washington, DC on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.
A public affairs officer at the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases is out of work after a report found he was pseudonymous under the moonlight as an editor for a conservative website that featured his agency and its director, Dr. Anthony Fauci, regularly devastated.
The RedState editor-in-chief known as "Streiff" is actually William Crews, The Daily Beast reported yesterday. Crews was until this week a public affairs specialist at NIAID, one of the 27 institutes and centers of the National Institute of Health.
As Streiff, crews "mocked his own colleagues as part of a left-wing anti-Trump conspiracy and vehemently criticized the man who runs his agency," according to The Daily Beast. In addition, he described his boss as "an attention-grabbing and media whore Anthony Fauci" and "a masked Nazi".
The crews also described the entire pandemic as a "massive fraud" and wrote:
I think we have got to the point where it is safe to say that the entire fear of the Wuhan virus was nothing more than a massive scam carried out by "experts" determined to fundamentally shape the country's way of life change that was perpetrated against the American people is organized and governed.
The Daily Beast diplomatically calls these pseudonymous posts "a notable break" with NIAID's public position – a position that Crews, as a public affairs officer, would spend his working time on.
Following coverage by The Daily Beast, NIAID told the media, "Mr. Crews has informed us of his intention to retire," adding that there would be no further comments on "a personnel matter".
Unfortunately, Crews isn't the only health communications administration official who has simultaneously sabotaged federal public health news efforts.
Michael Caputo, who was deputy public affairs secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services at the time, posted a podcast earlier this month calling school closings and other efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic "nonsense" were. He also posted a live video on Facebook claiming that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention host a “resistance unit” determined to undermine President Donald Trump, to the point of committing “riot”. He went on, without any evidence, to claim that left-wing "hit teams" were preparing for an armed uprising after the elections.
Caputo, who is more of a political actor than a health expert in the background, announced that he would be taking a 60-day leave of absence after his remarks were covered in detail on the video and podcast. His science advisor, Paul Alexander, also left the agency after emails from Politico showed he had repeatedly tried to stop Fauci from saying children could spread COVID-19 or advocating their wearing masks other scientifically false claims.