A staffer working under Dr. Anthony Fauci was outed by The Daily Beast on Monday and accused of posting controversial content as a writer and managing editor for the right-wing blog RedState. The site regularly publishes conspiracies about the novel coronavirus, and William B. Crews, a public affairs specialist for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has allegedly written for it under the pseudonym “streiff.”
Crews reportedly used the outlet to accuse his colleagues of being part of a left-wing conspiracy meant to harm President Donald Trump. He also called Fauci a “mask nazi” and as “attention grubbing” in the media. He added that Fauci, who has often contradicted the president’s message, had failed the Trump administration.
Using public records, social media posts, and records from the National Institutes of Health, The Daily Beast was able to determine that Crews was apparently working for the site. While many of the posts have gone up during business hours on weekdays, the site wasn’t able to determine if he had done any writing or editing while on his government job.
The outlet pointed out that Crews has been part of the problem that his own employer is trying to fight.
“And in that capacity he has been contributing to the very same disinformation campaign that his superiors at the NIAID say is a major challenge to widespread efforts to control a pandemic that has claimed roughly 200,000 U.S. lives,” the publication wrote.
RedState has published pieces claiming that, for instance, COVID-19 was a conspiracy to alter American life.
“I think 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,” Crews allegedly wrote.
He was also quoted as criticizing other public health officials for the promotion of ideas such as social distancing and wearing masks while near other individuals. At one point, he suggested that these measures are meant to make it more difficult for Trump to win re-election in November.
He added that the “fascists” pushing these measures should be tarred and sent to the gallows.
As The Daily Beast pointed out, the situation illustrates how the coronavirus has become a political issue rather than a health issue in the United States. Many of his posts have directly contradicted the advice being given by his employer.
Crews was a critic of Trump during the 2016 campaign but is now apparently a supporter, the outlet added.