Local TV stations across the country set to air discredited 'Plandemic' researcher's conspiracy theory about Fauci

Source: CNN | July 25, 2020 | Oliver Darcy

New York (CNN Business) – Local television stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group are set to air a conspiracy theory over the weekend that suggests Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top expert on infectious diseases, was responsible for the creation of the coronavirus.

The baseless conspiracy theory is set to air on stations across the country in a segment during the program “America This Week” hosted by Eric Bolling. The show, which is posted online before it is broadcast over the weekend, is distributed to Sinclair Broadcast Group’s network of local television stations, one of the largest in the country. A survey by Pew Research Group earlier this year showed that local news was a vital source of information on the coronavirus for many Americans, and more trusted than the media overall.

In this week’s episode of the show, Bolling spoke with Judy Mikovits, the medical researcher featured in the discredited “Plandemic” video that went viral earlier this year and which was banned from platforms such as Facebook and YouTube. Throughout the segment, the on-screen graphic read, “DID DR. FAUCI CREATE COVID-19?”

Bolling also spoke with Mikovits’ attorney, Larry Klayman, a right-wing lawyer who also has a history of pushing misinformation and representing conspiracy theorists.

During the interview Mikovits told Bolling that Fauci had over the past decade “manufactured” and shipped coronaviruses to Wuhan, China, which became the original epicenter of the current outbreak. Bolling noted that this was a “hefty claim,” but did not meaningfully challenge Mikovits and allowed her to continue making her case.

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In the segment that immediately followed, Bolling spoke to Dr. Nicole Saphier, a Fox News medical contributor, to get her response to the claims from Mikovits and Klayman.

Bolling and Saphier agreed that it was, in Saphier’s words, “highly unlikely” that Fauci was behind the coronavirus. But they went on to theorize about other possible explanations for what had happened. Saphier said it was possible the virus was “man-made within a laboratory” and escaped. That claim has been rejected by experts who have studied the virus’ genetic sequence.

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    I expect this program has been engineered by Trump allies and supporters. The Trump cult hates Dr. Fauci and has been trying to discredit him through an assortment of conspiracy theories. This theory that he went to China to conspire with the government there to produce and spread COVID 19 for sinister purposes is probably the most farfetched; yet, so many of Trump’s fans actually believe it. Now it is being used to bring down a doctor who over decades has done nothing but good for everyone.

    Dr. Fauci has said he and his family have received death threats. If this program results in harm to the doctor or his family, then the Trumpies, Sinclair Broadcasting and Eric Bolling will have blood on their hands.

    Speaking of Bolling — what the H happened to him? He always struck me as an intelligent, level-headed, least biased journalist I knew of. Yes, I know he was falsely accused of sexual improprieties, which resulted in his departure from Fox and that his only son died tragically from an overdose of drugs. But how could he willingly participate in this smear campaign against Dr. Fauci, perhaps endangering his life and the lives of his loved ones? Is Bolling that bitter about the terrible things that happened to him?

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    Good. Let’s hope the delay is permanent.

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    The Wrap is reporting Sinclair has decided not to air the program at all. Good!

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