Notorious COVID Troll Actually Staffer On Fauci’s Team
As the coronavirus epidemic continues to spread unabated in America, including drastic increases in Red States despite warnings and guidelines from top medical experts, The Daily Beast has uncovered a shocking connection between the misinformation trolls and the medical community: the managing editor of the conservative website RedState, who has spent months trashing U.S. officials tasked with combating COVID-19, actually works with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the very man he’s been discrediting online for months.
William B. Crews, a public affairs specialist at National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been writing for RedState under the pseudonym “strieff” for years. Even as his colleagues were fighting the misinformation campaign coming from the White House, Crews was working behind the scenes in opposition to his own day job.
This news comes just after a separate story broke regarding COVID19 information being removed from the official CDC website, another continuing story that impacts how Americans receive the facts about the disease that is decimating the country.
This is just such a jawdropper: Bill Crews is a PR official at the National Institutes of Health. But he also has another job: an anonymous RedState editor who rails against the agency for which he works. https://t.co/1nTp0IDEZk via @thedailybeast @lachlan
— Charles Ornstein (@charlesornstein) September 21, 2020
Crews has called Fauci a “mask Nazi” in his online rants, as well as blasting his own colleagues, accusing them of being “part of a left-wing anti-Trump conspiracy”. But Crews saved his biggest criticisms for the man who leads his agency, whom he described as the “attention-grubbing and media-whoring Anthony Fauci.”
Thankfully, once the Daily Beast brought those and other quotes from Crews to NIAID’s attention, the agency said in an emailed statement that Crews would “retire” from his position. “NIAID first learned of this matter this morning, and Mr. Crews has informed us of his intention to retire,” the spokesperson, Kathy Stover, wrote. “We have no further comments on this as it is a personnel matter.”