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The media defended Fauci's false claims about Wuhan lab funding in feud with Rand Paul

Fox News reports, “The National Institutes of Health (NIH) admitted Thursday that it funded gain-of-function research on bats infected with coronaviruses at a lab in Wuhan, China despite repeated denials from Dr. Anthony Fauci that U.S. tax dollars were used.

Journalist Drew Holden, who is known for pointing out media hypocrisy in lengthy Twitter threads, brought receipts proving mainstream news organizations were wrong when they declared that accusations against Fauci and the NIH over the funding were false.

'I hope that outlets will correct the record,' he wrote before sharing the evidence.

'You may remember a dust up in July between Dr. Fauci & [Rand Paul] around precisely this point. It seems inarguable that what Fauci told Congress isn’t true. And the press uncritically helped him convince the American people otherwise,' Holden wrote, referring to Fauci's July congressional testimony in which he clashed with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., while claiming that no NIH money went towards gain-of-function research in Wuhan.”

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NIH admits gain-of-function funding. Rand Paul wonders if Fauci will ever be held accountable for lying about it

Fox News reports, “Despite repeated denials by NIAID Director Anthony Fauci that his agency used American taxpayer money to fund Chinese gain-of-function research on bats infected with coronaviruses, the National Institutes of Health – which oversees NIAID – admitted in a letter to House Oversight Committee ranking member James Comer, R-Ky., that a 'limited experiment' was indeed conducted.

Comer's fellow Kentuckian, Sen. Rand Paul, joined 'Fox News Primetime' to react to the bombshell, as well as further reflect on his often-viral sparring with Fauci during Senate hearings on the matter...

'I don’t know if they have time to go after Dr. Fauci for lying. He should be held accountable because what we have developed as a system of health care in our country where doctors are afraid to speak out because they will cut out their research funding, doctors who have talked about innovative treatment to try to help people survive COVID are being lectured and told we will take your license. This is the kind of thing, this top-down centralization of medical authority, it’s not good for our country and it’s not good for innovation.'

Paul said he fears that an apolitical doctor will stumble across a life-saving treatment to another disease or virus – but instead discard or not publicize his work for fear of retribution from the medical establishment and people like Fauci, whose office allocates millions of dollars in grant monies.”

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Why a capital gains tax increase would be a massive jobs (and wealth) killer

FEE’s Aadi Golchha writes, “One of the reasons that nearly all high-income countries keep capital-gains taxes low is to help ensure that investors and entrepreneurs are incentivized to take the risk of committing time and resources to relatively risky start-up ventures, typically reliant on the type of scientific and technical innovation that fuels job growth and progress in the long run.

According to Census Bureau data, although startups comprise less than one percent of all companies, they generate 10 percent of new jobs in any given year. The Kauffman Foundation's Tim Kane pointed out that ‘without startups, there would be no net job growth in the U.S. economy."

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Paul vs. Fauci: Just one sip

Enough said.

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Facebook Is trying to look like the good guy on Section 230. Don't buy it

FEE’s Hannah Cox writes, “Why would Facebook lobby for its own regulation, especially for regulations that enforce what they’re mostly already doing? Easy. Zuckerberg and the rest of his team know that competitors and start-ups would have a much harder time positioning themselves for success under the new regulatory framework. Such systems would be expensive to develop and maintain, after all.”

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Don't forget the journalists who reflexively sided with Fauci on NIH funding of Wuhan lab

National Review’s Isaac Schorr has a solid collection of “many in the media who reflexively sided with Fauci.”

CNN’s Brianna Keilar, May 2021: “Nothing brings out Senator Paul’s propensity to act like an ass like a congressional appearance by Fauci... Rand Paul’s COVID BS keeps pouring down..."

Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler, May 2021: “We wavered between Two and Three Pinocchios..."

CNN’s Jake Tapper, July 2021: “I want to start with another kind of misinformation... Fauci was confronted with an accusation basically from Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul… Trump allies in Congress and governor’s offices and the media trying to make Fauci a COVID boogeyman."

MSNBC’s Ari Melber, July 2021, concurring with Fauci’s characterization of Paul’s comments: “Slanderous."

MSNBC’s Steve Benen, July 2021: “Rand Paul keeps doing this, apparently under the impression that there’s some value to the pointless exercises… Is it any wonder that Anthony Fauci seems exasperated with Rand Paul?”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki, September 2021: “NIH has never approved any research that would make a coronavirus more dangerous to humans.”

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Biden thanks unions for promising to help solve a supply chain mess they created

FEE’s Jon Miltimore writes, “There is little debate that the supply chain issues are a serious problem, and shifting to a 24-7 operation may indeed help alleviate some of the supply chain issues—though the problem is unlikely to be solved so easily.

The obvious question, however, is this: why weren’t these ports already operating around the clock 'like most of the leading countries in the world'?

The answer can be found in the very unions Biden thanked.”

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'Woke' leftists are the most intolerant of all Americans

Spiked-Online reports, “There are signs that the woke progressive model may be losing its appeal, even among some liberals. The bulk of public opinion is not in progressives’ favour. In the US, activist progressives, notes a recent study, represent eight per cent of the electorate – barely half the size of moderates and barely a third of the size of conservatives.

What they lack in numbers, however, they make up for with single-minded determination; progressive whites, notes the Atlantic, are the most intolerant of all Americans, led by those in the Boston area, while people in smaller towns and cities seem far more open.”

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What Pope Francis gets wrong about corporate ‘greed,’ global hunger, and inflation

FEE’s Brad Polumbo writes, “Pope Francis recently made a statement on World Food Day that in effect blamed markets and capitalism for the persistence of world hunger.

'The fight against hunger demands we overcome the cold logic of the market, which is greedily focused on mere economic profit and the reduction of food to a commodity, and strengthening the logic of solidarity,' he tweeted.

'We must adapt our socio-economic models so they have a human face, because many models have lost it,' the pope continued. 'Thinking about these situations, in God’s name I want to ask… The big food corporations to stop imposing monopolistic production and distribution structures that inflate prices and end up withholding bread from the hungry.'

In Pope Francis’s telling, the 'cold logic of the market' is the main barrier to eliminating world hunger. But this argument betrays a woeful misunderstanding of how markets operate and how past achievements in reducing global poverty have been achieved.”

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Country star Travis Tritt canceling shows in venues that mandate masks and vaccine passports

Billboard reports, “The country singer says he's 'not against the vaccine,' but he is 'against forcing people to take medicine that they may not need and may not want.'

Country singer Travis Tritt is ready to take a hard stance against COVID-19 vaccine and testing mandates at concerts, and announced Monday (Oct. 18) he's even going so far as to cancel four shows making those requirements.

Tritt says the negative comments he received after performing shows with COVID-19 safety protocols on the Brooks & Dunn Reboot Tour convinced him to do things differently for his solo dates.

'I got literally hundreds of comments and direct messages from people on all social media platforms, which basically told me how disappointed they were,' Tritt says. 'They were heartbreaking.”

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