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We Tried to Run an Ad for ‘The Real Anthony Fauci’ in The New York Times. Here’s What Happened Next.

By Tony Lyons

Skyhorse Publishing tried to place a full-page ad in The New York Times for Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s bestselling book, ”The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health,” — and here’s what happened.

At first the ad salesman was thrilled we wanted to place the ad — until he understood what the book was about.

When he saw the actual ad, he informed us he would have to run it by “Standards Management.”

“Standards,” which I’d never heard of during my 27 years in the publishing field, got back to him with the following:

“We don’t need to look into the accuracy of the book, but the ad itself needs to be non-defamatory and accurate. Can you ask for substantiation on the claims made in the ad, specifically, the ‘many, many untruths emanating from Fauci and minions’ over ‘decades.’ Also the claim about boycotts, censorship and media blackout.”

The Times was questioning a quote within the ad, from the world’s most famous virologist, Nobel laureate, Dr. Luc Montagnier:

“Tragically for humanity, there are many, many untruths emanating from Fauci and his minions. RFK Jr. exposes the decades of lies.”

Here’s how I defended ”The Real Anthony Fauci” and the blurb about Fauci’s “untruths”:

“A simple Google search for ‘Fauci lied’ produces more than 2 million responses. While that in and of itself doesn’t prove anything, it does show it is possible to have that sincere opinion.

“There are literally thousands of articles citing accusations that Fauci has lied, is lying, repeatedly lies, including statements from prominent congressmen and senators, major newspapers, TV news hosts, etc.

“The New York Times itself ran an opinion piece titled ‘Covid Misinformation Comes from the Top, Too.’ The article cites Rand Paul’s accusation that Dr. Fauci ‘lied to Congress.’ Specifically, Paul accused Dr. Fauci of lying to Congress about gain-of-function research during a July 20, 2021 congressional hearing.

“The article goes on to say that ‘the larger truth — obscured until recently by fervent efforts (including by Fauci) to dismiss the lab-leak theory … is that the U.S. government’s scientific establishment did support gain-of-function research.’

“Fauci stated repeatedly that it had not. And his minions, according to the article, those who benefited from the funding, engaged in ‘deceptive tactics and outright mendacity.’

“The article continues:

‘Fauci lied — there’s no other word for it — about what he saw as the threshold figure for reaching herd immunity based on … ‘his gut feeling that the country is finally ready to hear what he really thinks.’

“The article laments these ‘noble lies in the service of whatever they think the public needs to hear.”’

“In another New York Times article, ‘How Much Herd Immunity Is Enough?,’ the Times reiterated the quote about Dr. Fauci lying to the American public and then coming clean at least partly because of his ‘gut feeling that the country is finally ready to hear what he really thinks.’

“That statement constitutes an admission that he was untruthful to the American people in the past because they were NOT ready to hear what he really thought.

“Another Times opinion piece was titled, ‘Why Telling People They Don’t Need Masks Backfired.’ And that idea, that Dr. Fauci lied repeatedly about masks, is the subject of literally thousands of other articles.

According to emails obtained by BuzzFeed, February 2020 emails show that Fauci told the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary that masks were only for the sick … at the same time that he was telling the public a different story.

“Specifically, in private email communications, Fauci told Sylvia Burwell:

‘Masks are really for infected people to protect them from spreading infection to people who are not infected rather than protecting uninfected people from acquiring infection. The typical mask you buy in a drug store is not really effective in keeping out virus, which is small enough to pass through the material.’

“At the same time, Fauci went on television and told the general public they needed masks to stay protected.”

“A Newsweek article was titled, ‘Fauci Was ‘Untruthful’ to Congress about Wuhan Lab Research.’

“Vanity Fair published an article titled, ‘In Major Shift, NIH Admits Funding Risky Virus Research in Wuhan.’ The article states that when Paul claimed Fauci was lying he ‘might have been on to something.’ In any case, the article makes abundantly clear that Dr. Fauci’s statements were ‘untruthful,’ if not outright lies.

“Private emails obtained by BuzzFeed show that a Professor Kristian Andersen wrote a private email to Dr. Fauci on Feb. 1, 2020 saying that Sars-CoV-2 had ‘unusual features’ that ‘potentially look engineered.’

“Andersen then published a paper in Nature on March 17, 2020, stating that COVID did not come from a lab and was not a ‘purposefully manipulated virus.’

“Five months later, Andersen received $1.88 million in government funding for virus research. According to Gateway Pundit, Andersen’s paper helped protect Fauci, the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is directed by Fauci, from ‘potential probes.’

“The Washington Post published an article called, ‘The Repeated Claim That Fauci Lied to Congress about ‘Gain-of-Function’ Research,’ which stated:

‘At a Senate hearing in May, Dr. Fauci said, ‘The NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.’ That was under oath … [The] NIH deputy director in writing directly contradicted it.’

“The article concludes there is disagreement in the scientific community over whether Fauci’s comments constitute lies. They certainly const