Dr. Scott Atlas, Donald Trump's failed pandemic advisor who resigned Monday, went on Fox News blaming social media and universities for the government's disastrous response to the COVID crisis.
"We have social media where people get ballistic and feel empowered," Atlas said in an interview with Tucker Carlson. "America and its universities really have to … allow the free exchange of ideas, for from the free exchange of ideas follows scientific truths."
"These scientific truths are critical to solving this crisis, any other crisis," he added.
Trump's failed COVID advisor Scott Atlas whined on social media and universities after his resignation on Monday. pic.twitter.com/hbutRMajuV
– PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) December 1, 2020
We live in an extremely polarizing time. You know this as well as anyone else. It's an election year. We have social media where people become ballistic and feel empowered to do so. I don't know, I think that honestly there is a serious problem in the country because there is a bigger problem here and that America and its universities really have to allow it – without attack, without reprimand, without intimidation -. the free exchange of ideas. Because scientific truths follow from the free exchange of ideas. And these scientific truths are critical to solving this crisis, any other crisis. Indeed, the free exchange of ideas is the foundation of any civilized society.
The Trump administration has been the largest source of COVID misinformation
When Dr. Scott Atlas lamented that his version of "scientific truth" is being censored by social media and universities, forgetting to mention that Donald Trump is the largest source of COVID misinformation on the planet.
According to a study conducted by researchers at Cornell University, Trump was "the biggest driver of misinformation in Covid".
Ultimately, the problem during this public health crisis wasn't that the truth was being hidden from the public by social media and colleges, as Dr. Atlas claimed on Monday.
It is that people like Donald Trump and Scott Atlas have spread dangerous misinformation that further threatens the lives of the American people.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama's presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.