Commentary: Follow the Money to Uncover the Corruption Around COVID-19 Measures

by Brian Robertson


When Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. published his book The Real Anthony Fauci in November, the fact that it was met with near-total silence from the media was hardly surprising. After all, since the declaration of the COVID pandemic in March 2020, with social media in the lead, Americans have witnessed an unprecedented suppression of any view departing from the official narrative on everything from the origin of the virus to lockdowns, mitigation strategies, and early treatment.

This crackdown on dissenting opinions has been especially harsh for those who have questioned the safety and efficacy of the vaccines that received Emergency Use Authorization in December 2020. Regardless of their professional expertise or the soundness of the data they present, people have been deplatformed, canceled, and fired from their jobs for supposedly refusing to “follow the science” (otherwise known as the latest self-contradictory assertions of official public health authorities), a consensus determined by COVID Czar Anthony Fauci.

Merely retweeting facts from peer-reviewed papers or official government sources that were not in line with Fauci-approved messaging that the vaccine is entirely safe and efficacious proved a media death sentence for everyone from former New York Times medical reporter Alex Berenson to credentialed doctors and researchers such as cardiologist Peter McCullough and Robert Malone, one of the inventors of the very mRNA platform used in the development of the COVID vaccines.

So the media blackout of Kennedy’s book came as no shock (although the extent of the snub was unprecedented, with not one review published in any publication of note, including most media on the Right). What was astonishing was how The Real Anthony Fauci quickly became a runaway best seller despite the orchestrated effort to cancel the book. The densely argued and painstakingly documented history of Anthony Fauci’s career—spanning 50 years as a top public health official and including his central role in corrupting the entire medical and scientific research establishment—quickly rose to No. 1 on Amazon (it is still on the bestseller list) and sold over 1 million copies, according to the publisher. That’s an astonishing feat for any book on public affairs, much less a heavily footnoted (though highly readable) 480-page account of personal and institutional corruption.

It seems that after two years of gaslighting, self-contradictory pronouncements, and transparently absurd lies about everything related to the COVID pandemic from the Fauci-controlled public health establishment, there was an enormous appetite among the American people for an account that would explain the catastrophe they had experienced and the reasons for the obvious deceptions to which they had been subjected.

Given the robust sales of the book, the promoters of the official narrative needed a Plan B to discredit the counter-narrative. So an organized smear campaign ensued to discredit the author. With quotes from Fauci-approved public health authorities, the Associated Press published a hit piece on Kennedy on December 15, under the headline “How a Kennedy built an anti-vaccine juggernaut amid COVID-19.”

Ridiculously, the story (quickly cobbled together by a hastily assembled firing squad of no less than six AP “reporters”) depicts Kennedy as cynically exploiting the COVID pandemic as an opportunity for grift, knowingly providing a platform for baseless “conspiracy theories” questioning the safety and efficacy of the vaccine in order to grow his Children’s Health Defense organization and profit personally. That line of attack against a member of the Kennedy clan, whose massive inherited wealth and long record of fighting Big Pharma corruption makes accusations of opportunistic grift ludicrous, merely served to highlight the spurious nature of the coordinated attack. The fact that the article managed to avoid all mention of his bestselling tome—much less to engage any of the carefully documented accusations against Fauci—betrayed a purely political hit job.

Ironically, the story of how Fauci perfected his act as Grand Poobah of the public health sphere—leaking to the press to discredit those who dissent—is compellingly told in RFK’s book. Suffice to say, it’s a story of shunned and ruined doctors, canceled journalists, and medical researchers defunded for not following Fauci’s approved script regarding what constituted the “scientific consensus” at any given time.

Within days of the publication of the AP hit piece he had himself coordinated, Fauci felt it necessary to comment publicly about the man who had so thoroughly exposed his long, dark professional history of corruption and deceit to a wide audience. Claiming Kennedy’s “inflammatory statements” had led to an accelerated number of death threats against him, Fauci called into question RFK’s mental stability. “It’s very unfortunate because I don’t think he is inherently malicious,” Fauci told Yahoo News. “I just think he’s a very disturbed individual . . . just spouting things that make absolutely no sense . . . I’m so sorry that he’s doing that.”

Aside from replicating the well worn totalitarian tactic of accusing all dissidents of mental illness, Fauci’s clumsy, obvious effort to shut down Kennedy betrayed an enormous anxiety that his long-running scam had been exposed.

Central to Kennedy’s book is the account of the deep financial entanglements between Big Pharma and the government health agencies ostensibly responsible for the industry’s regulation. Fauci personally benefited from the “regulatory capture” of the government health agencies that Kennedy documents, both in terms of the power he accrued to himself as a result of the control he exerted over scientific and medical research  purse strings, and because of the Big Pharma revenue streams he created for his own National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and numerous other federal health agencies.

Among the shocking revelations documented in The Real Anthony Fauci are the Big Pharma and other private source funding streams that Fauci established to greatly enlarge the budget of NIAID and other federal health agencies in the name of “private-public partnerships.” Among the book’s bombshells:

  • The CDC owns 57 vaccine patents and spends $4.9 billion of its $12 billion annual budget (as of 2019) buying and distributing vaccines
  • High level NIH officials, including Fauci, receive up to $150,000 in royalty payments on drugs and vaccines they help develop and usher through the approval process
  • Between 2010 and 2016, every drug that won approval from the FDA—210 different pharmaceuticals—originated from research funded by the NIH.
  • From his position at NIAID, Fauci now dispenses an astounding $7.7 billion annually in the form of research grants—including $1.7 billion funneled annually from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)—a power he uses to reward those who do his bidding and to defund, bully, silence, and ruin scientists whose research threatens the pharmaceutical paradigm
  • His control over this astonishing budget has given him dominance over federal agencies, world governing bodies, and private foundations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Pentagon, the White House, the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations, the Clinton and Gates Foundations, and Britain’s The Wellcome Trust.
  • By 2020, Big Pharma was spending approximately $10 billion per year for advertising on mainstream media networks, with a focus on news networks.
  • The FDA receives 45 percent of its budget from the pharmaceutical industry, through what are euphemistically called “user fees.”

No wonder Fauci stooped to the calumny of questioning Kennedy’s sanity rather than attempting to answer any of his specific allegations of corruption and conflict of interest. He knew that it was a losing battle to engage with the book’s thoroughly documented history of his own egregious grift.

Although the coordinated blackout strategy was unsuccessful in suppressing sales of The Real Anthony Fauci, it did apparently succeed in preventing any serious public discussion—even among Fauci critics—of the book’s specific charges of corruption of U.S. public health agencies, media corporations, and medicine. That now seems to be changing as the result of information that has recently come to light regarding fraud in the COVID vaccine trials conducted by Pfizer and Moderna, and the complicity both of government agencies and the media in pushing through approval and promoting the vaccine out of pure financial interest.

Last month, Project Veritas caught FDA Executive Officer Christopher Cole admitting everything that Kennedy alleged. “The vaccine companies pay us hundreds of millions of dollars a year to hire and keep the reviewers to approve their products . . . Basically, we charge the industry millions of dollars in order to hire more drug reviewers and vaccine reviewers which will speed up the approval process. So the [pharmaceutical companies] make more money.”

As for the “regulatory capture” of government regulators by Big Pharma and Fauci’s ability to use his control of purse strings to punish those who don’t go along, Cole said, “there’s not an incentive to speak out in government . . . It’s better just to not say anything and just ignore” the corruption. “You’ll be marked from getting other jobs.”

Weeks after the Project Veritas story broke, in response to a FOIA request filed by TheBlaze, HHS documents revealed that the government had purchased advertising to promote vaccine uptake from major news networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, Newsmax, CNN, and MSNBC, as well as legacy media publications including the New York Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. Hundreds of news agencies were paid hundreds of millions of dollars by the federal government to advertise the official line that the vaccines were completely safe and effective.

Coincidently, the “news desks” at all of those media organizations maintained an editorial policy that was uniformly pro-vaccine, ordering positive coverage and ensuring that dissenting voices, however credentialed, received no air time or print space. Taking boatloads of taxpayer dollars to push an experimental vaccine to your audience tends to compromise objective news reporting, particularly when a large proportion of news programs are already “brought to you by Pfizer.”

But if monetary incentives have been at the root of the corruption of American medicine, scientific research, government health agencies, and mainstream media, then monetary incentives may also be the main force at work in revealing that corruption. In January, U.S. insurance companies started to report “stunning” 40 percent-plus increases in the non-COVID related “all-cause” death rates among 18-to-64-year-old adults in the last two quarters of 2021, coinciding exactly with vaccine mandates and administration. Not only were these demographic groups at relatively low risk of death from COVID, this was long after the peak of COVID mortality in 2020.

This month, statistics from German insurance giant BKK/ProVita apparently confirmed precisely the same trends for the German populace (the CEO who spoke about the data was subsequently fired). The startling increase in “all-cause” deaths among Millennials and Gen-Xers (demographics at low risk of mortality from COVID) in the latter part of 2021, just as vaccine mandates kicked in, are now setting off alarm bells among staid actuaries in an industry paid to access these things accurately. Ominously, their statistics track closely with data sets recently provided by Pentagon whistleblowers to Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) showing astronomical increases in serious heart problems, nervous system disorders, cancers, infertility, and other grave health issues among military personnel (who were subject to strict vaccine mandates) in 2021 compared to the averages for the previous five years.

Former hedge fund manager and Wall Street analyst Edward Dowd has now crunched some of the CDC’s own official numbers to confirm massive increases in mortality for demographics not at serious risk of death from COVID that correspond precisely with the timing of the vaccines. Evidently, word is getting around Wall Street, and investors are worried about Big Pharma liability for those injuries and deaths if fraud could be proven. Already, there appears to be enough evidence in the court-mandated release of Pfizer trial studies (Pfizer was fighting to keep the data hidden for 75 years) to show fraud. The mandated release will continue over the coming months. Partially as a result, investors are headed for the exits: Pfizer stock is already down over 15 percent and Moderna’s is down more than 60 percent. Some think when all the information is processed, they will be headed to zero because of liability.

It is a great irony that the best opportunity for the real truth to get out about vaccine efficacy and safety is through insurance companies around the world at risk of having to make big payouts for injury and death. Those companies will now be at institutional odds with Big Pharma to determine who will be left holding the bag. Their incentives now will be to see that pharmaceutical companies are held legally liable and pay out in court so as to reduce their own financial liabilities.

The fiction foisted on the public by Fauci and his controlled minions has been that health authorities were merely “following the science” in the lockdowns, mandates, and rules they imposed that caused so much damage over the last two years. The sad truth is that the medical industry and the scientific research community are almost completely compromised due to their dependence on federal money and Fauci’s control of their livelihoods. Relatively few brave doctors and hospital administrators have risked their careers by telling the truth, and some have been destroyed. The financial incentives are different in the insurance industry and the investment community: they are on the hook for payouts and liability.

Following the money has been the key to uncovering the corruption surrounding COVID-19 measures; now it may be the key to providing a solution to it.

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Brian Robertson is a writer living in Maryland.




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