In a culture where we all must "listen to the experts," Dr. Anthony Fauci is treated like a king.
In reality, the public health expert is more of a court jester.
Over and over again, Fauci has backtracked and flip-flopped on almost every major position regarding COVID-19, including the efficacy of masking, social distancing guidelines and the origins of the disease.
As it turns out, concerns over Fauci's ability to do his job existed long before the COVID-19 pandemic.
A recently unearthed C-SPAN interview from 18 years ago shows one physician demanding that Fauci resign.
"You've been at the [National Institutes of Health] a pretty long time and it seems to me that during your tenor, our ability to control infectious diseases hasn't improved but, in fact, worsened and even basic health tips such as, 'You can't use antibiotics to treat viral infections,' has not been adequately communicated to the public," the caller said.
"Because, for instance, people will come in demanding an antibiotic for a common cold, or any other viral infection, which has certainly served to create more resistant strains."
"Not saying that this has anything to do with this particular SARS epidemic, but don't you think it's time that you stepped down and let someone else who has a more effective message?"