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Dr. Anthony Fauci’s history of hypocrisy, flip-flops, and failed predictions has left many Americans untrusting and skeptical.
Even left-leaning networks are finding it difficult to support his new predictions.
A report on NBC’s “Today” brutally fact-checked Fauci’s claim about a significant COVID-19 surge resulting from crowded football stadiums.
The surge “never happened,” NBC responded.
Fauci pushed this failed prediction in September on MSNBC, which is the cable arm NBC.
“But it never happened,” NBC reporter Shaquille Brewster confirmed.
“Cases are now in steep decline in every college football state across the south,” he continued.
“Including Florida, where hospitalizations fell 64 percent last month, even as some 90,000 fans packed the [University of Florida] Gators’ stadium,” Brewster said.
“For weeks, crowds in the tens of thousands, mostly unmasked, have sat side-by-side now cheering on their teams at the halfway point of the season,” Brewster reported.
“All while doctors warned of games becoming potential super-spreader events. A frightening prospect at the time with hospitals already on the brink.”
Despite Fauci’s prediction, packed stadiums for sporting events have not become “super-spreader events” for the coronavirus.
Watch the clip:
A little shocking! NBC report on how college football games are NOT "superspreader" events includes video of Joy Reid and Dr. Fauci sounding panicky notes. Ooooops. https://t.co/H8Bc2GoiPw pic.twitter.com/tjqapmVA2w
— Tim Graham (@TimJGraham) October 16, 2021
In September, host Joy Reid said about the stadiums, “As soon as I saw it, I thought COVID is about to have a feast.”
“What did you think?” she asked Fauci.
“I thought the same thing. I think it’s really unfortunate,” Fauci said.
More from Fox News:
Brewster noted outdoor venues, a vaccination bump, and greater natural immunity in the population after the contagious Delta variant hit younger people all played factors.
“You see it on TV and it looks really scary because we’re not used to seeing that anymore. But in reality I think the exposure isn’t as great as we think it is,” Dr. Cindy Prinz added.
OutKick founder Clay Travis reported last month on the lack of COVID surges after the start of college football season.
“There’s been a 35% decline in Georgia, 32% decline in South Carolina, 30% decline in Mississippi, 22% decline in Arkansas, 23% in Alabama, 9% in Texas. Every single SEC state where millions of people have gone to college football games has not led to a feast of COVID as Doctor Fauci predicted,” Travis said.