But he looks at prime-time coverage of Fox’s pandemic and says that some of it is “Outlandish”.
Fauci made the comment about unpublished Fox during an interview with me on Monday in conjunction with World News Day.
He also said that he is concerned that misleading information about the virus is making its way to President Trump.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, is sometimes the target of Fox News celebrities such as Laura Ingraham.
“If you look at scientific data, masks work,” Fauci said in a Monday interview, addressing mixed messages about mask use. He said face covering is part of “keeping distance, avoiding crowds, washing hands, doing things indoors more than indoors” – it’s all a combination of prevention methods that are easy to do .
Fauci said it is important for public health officials to “publicize a coherent message as often as possible, because during this divisive time there is a lot of misinformation that we are in.”
“The public really needs to know the facts,” he said, “through this extraordinary experience that we are all doing.”
Fauci said that overall, he has a very strong connection with the nation’s news media, in some cases connections dating back decades.
What is different about the media in 2020 is, during the epidemic, that there are outlets that “offer opposing viewpoints as a fairly clear fact or a body of data”. He brought up Fox News in that context.
But he also said “there are journalists who really know, you do a great job. And even Fox, even on Fox channels, there are some that are really very good, I completely respect that. But there are others. You know, whatever I would say they would distort a little bit and I’m not sure I could do anything about it. “