Tucker Carlson Falsely Calls Anthony Fauci 'The Guy Who Created COVID'

Fox News host Tucker Carlson wrongly called Dr. Anthony Fauci "the guy who created COVID" during a segment attacking the virologist.

On his Wednesday night show, Carlson spoke about changing mask guidelines in certain regions of the country, including for those who had been fully vaccinated.

Before playing a clip of Dr. Fauci, Carlson said: "So, if you're in something called a high or substantial COVID transmission region you better prepare to put on your little mask.

"Now, what are those regions? What does this mean exactly? Well, for the answer to that pressing question, which could affect your life, we go right to the source—here is the man who helped to create COVID in the first place, watch him explain."

The claim that Dr. Fauci helped create COVID is false and it is unclear what Carlson meant exactly by his comment.

While the exact origins of COVID-19 is unclear, the administration of Joe Biden is investigating the possibility it leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology as well as natural explanations.

But, at no point during his one-hour-long show, Tucker Carlson Tonight, did the Fox News talisman correct his comment or clarify what he meant by it.

In fact, Carlson repeated the claim some minutes later discussing vaccine efficacy when dealing with the Delta variant before cutting to a clip of Dr. Fauci.

He said: "If you want us to have confidence in your medicine, then tell us the full truth, but they won't. They have been telling us for six months that this vaccine is perfect, but clearly, in some cases, it doesn't always work.

"And that's not our theory, by the way, take it from the guy who created COVID."

Carlson has previously questioned the efficacy of the vaccine and has regularly attacked Dr. Fauci, including over his leaked emails earlier this year.

After he was accused of spreading vaccine misinformation, Carlson said there could be "profound benefits" to getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

He also previously added: "It seems various vaccines seem to lower the effects of the disease, make it less severe on people. They're less likely to go to the hospital to take for taking that. That completely makes sense."

His comments came after a July 16 study by the media watch group, Media Matters, which found 60 percent of Fox News' vaccination segments over a recent two-week period pushed "anti-vaccine propaganda."

The CDC changed its guidance around the wearing of masks in an announcement on Tuesday, citing the alarming spread of the Delta variant. It came after Johns Hopkins University recorded 89,418 new cases on Monday.

In its weekly review published on Friday, COVID-19 cases were "on the rise in nearly 90 percent of U.S. jurisdictions."

It added: "We are seeing outbreaks in parts of the country that have low vaccination coverage. These worrisome trends are due, in part, to the rapid spread of the highly transmissible B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant."

Despite cases of breakthrough infections, where fully vaccinate people still get COVID-19, Dr. Fauci has encouraged people to get jabbed for their own protection.

Newsweek has contacted Fox News and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for comment.

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson attacked Dr. Fauci on his show. In this photo, Carlson appears at the National Review Institute's Ideas Summit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on March 29, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images