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.