The real Deep State: NIH employee was anti-mask author

Now we know what websites Dandy has been reading:

It would have been a dangerous assertion in the middle of a deadly pandemic no matter where it came from: that wearing masks has “little to no medical value” and could do more “harm” than wearing no mask at all.

But it was especially remarkable given the source. Published on the right-wing website RedState, it turned out to have been written under a pseudonym by William B. Crews, a public affairs officer at the National Institutes of Health, promoting the same type of discredited information about dealing with the virus that his employer was working aggressively to beat back.

I no longer find it ironic these guys do exactly the opposite of what we pay them to do. After 3 1/2 years of Kakistocracy, that's what you get. I do find it hard to believe his coworkers and supervisors did not realize what an idiot he actually was. Here are some examples:

“We’re at the point where it is safe to say that the entire Wuhan virus scare was nothing more or less than a massive fraud perpetrated upon the American people by ‘experts’ who were determined to fundamentally change the way the country lives and is organized and governed,” Streiff wrote on RedState in June.

In another post late last month, he wrote, “If you need a mask to make it through the day without wetting yourself, well, by all means wear it,” adding, “Just don’t expect me to go along with your fantasy.”

One post referred to Dr. Fauci as a “mask Nazi.” Another warned of people being forced to “cooperate with the public health Gestapo” under “Fascist Governor Jay Inslee,” the Democratic governor of Washington.

A Streiff post in August falsely stated that there was as much evidence that masks did “harm” as there was that they helped protect people from the coronavirus, contradicting months of public health messaging by the N.I.H. and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. In the early stages of the pandemic in March, Mr. Crews described N.I.A.I.D.’s messaging as “scaremongering” and predicted that the virus would kill about as many people as the seasonal flu. Nearly 200,000 people in the United States have died in the past nine months.

Judging by their Twitter posts, there are several General Assembly Republicans who read RedState on a daily basis, and no doubt some of their aversion to wearing masks while in session stems from the scribbles of this jackass. As far as the website itself, this will tell you all you need to know:

After it was reported that Mr. Crews was the voice behind Streiff, Erick Erickson, who served as the editor in chief of RedState for 10 years, said on Twitter that while he disagreed with Mr. Crews’s outlandish takes on the pandemic, his work had nonetheless helped the site bolster its readership.

“He has grown RedState’s traffic far more than I ever did,” Mr. Erickson wrote, adding, “They should boost his profile now that he is not shackled to anonymity.”

We're approaching 200,000 fatalities from this virus, a number that would be much smaller if everybody would just put on a mask. But hey, our website traffic is up, so it's a net gain. Hell isn't hot enough for these people.

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RedState purged Trump critics

One of the few that remained was marginalized to the point she and a like-minded colleague decided to quit:

In April 2018, Salem management determined there had been enough front-page criticism of Trump and decided to take action. A number of long-time writers and editors, who happened to be unapologetic Trump critics, were dismissed from the site without warning. Among those let go was Managing Editor Caleb Howe, who was fired while traveling to a Salem work event. Management locked out access to the CMS, leaving writers unable to log in and wondering what was wrong. It wasn’t until hours later that Townhall VP & General Manager Jonathan Garthwaite sent emails informing those writers that contracts had been terminated.

In an attempt to save face, management insisted the decision was financial and not ideological, as a handful of Trump-critical writers remained. However, those with longer tenures, higher public profiles and biggest traffic draws were all let go. The financial excuse holds little water considering those let go were revenue-drivers.

We learned personally that writers who dare to examine President Trump or the MAGA mentality are purposely suppressed in private or even publicly criticized. In one case, one of us (Kimberly) wrote a piece that was critical of Trump supporters’ attempts to dismiss bomb threats as a liberal hoax. It was published but any references to it on Twitter or Facebook were deleted and done so repeatedly without explanation. Only after speaking up did she learn the piece wouldn’t get shared on social media, and instructions came down from Salem management to stop discussing the incident with colleagues.

Though we continued on in the hopes the atmosphere might change, that approach is now untenable.

And of course moves like this merely contribute to the "fake news" mentality of Trump supporters. They gravitate to pro-Trump media outlets, where no criticism of the President is allowed. Ergo, no legitimate criticisms exist. It would be funny if it wasn't so frightening.

Dandy is a punk ass

Not to mention a fcking liar. Of course he gets all of his “facts“ from places like Red State and JLF.