By Oliver Darcy, CNN Business
Lara Logan, a Fox News personality and host of its streaming service, has been condemned by prominent Jewish groups and the Auschwitz Museum after comparing Dr Anthony Fauci to a Nazi doctor notorious for performing medical experiments at the Auschwitz death camp.
During an appearance on “Fox News Primetime” on Monday, Logan said people told him Fauci did not represent science, but represented Josef Mengele, the Nazi doctor who became known as “the angel of death. “for the atrocities he committed.
âI’m talking about people all over the world who are saying this,â Logan said, providing no evidence to back up his savage claim.
Fox News did not respond to requests for comment.
But elsewhere, the reaction was swift, with major organizations calling Logan’s comments objectionable.
“Exploiting the tragedy of people who were victims of pseudo-medical criminal experiments at Auschwitz in a debate about vaccines, the pandemic and the people who fight to save human lives is shameful”, the Auschwitz museum said on twitter. “It is disrespectful to the victims and a sad symptom of moral and intellectual decline.”
Jonathan Greenblatt, the leader of the Anti-Defamation League, said in a statement that “there is absolutely no comparison between mask warrants, vaccine requirements and other COVID mitigation efforts -19 with what happened to the Jews during the Holocaust â.
“This includes making weird and offensive analogies suggesting that Dr Anthony Fauci is somehow related to Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele, known for his horrific medical experiments on concentration camp prisoners,” Greenblatt said.
The American Jewish Committee called the comments “quite ashamed” and said “an apology is needed”.
âJosef Mengele earned his nickname by performing deadly and inhuman medical experiments on Holocaust prisoners, including children,â the organization wrote, adding, âthere is no comparison between the hell that these victims went through and the public health measures “.
Logan was previously a correspondent for the popular CBS News show “60 Minutes”. Within the network, she came under scrutiny for errors in a report she made on the Benghazi attack, which ultimately led her to apologize for the inaccuracies and be forced to take leave.
Logan left CBS News in 2018 and joined Fox News in 2020. She told the Los Angeles Times when she joined that, she was not “trying to be a person of opinion” but has since become one of the most conspiratorial talking heads in the right-wing channel.
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