Recently I've seen a number of people share a video from a 60 Minutes interview were Dr.Anthony Fauci states that "there is no reason to be walking around with a mask."
This video has caused a number of them to say they were "confused." and "they don't know what to believe anymore."
I think it is important to point out that it is now May - and this interview took place on March 8th. Covid-19 is a new virus and we are constantly learning more about it. And in researching what Dr. Fauci actually thinks on the matter - as we will come to see - dates are important.
Early guidance on masks was given when at a time we believed the virus could only be caught from surfaces.
Later when it was known to be transmitted through the air people were still discouraged from wearing them unless they were sick, or caring for someone who was sick (to prevent a shortage of masks being available to healthcare workers.
In a more recent statement made to ABC he talks about guidance changing as masks become more available. April 1, 2020 (the relevant portion starts at the 1:04 marker).
A Fuller explanation of the administrations thinking regarding masks and transmission can be found a few days later on PBS News Hour April 3rd, (the relevant portion starts at the 3:49 marker).
Which raises the question, how did this old interview get made into a fancy new clip and shared several months later to cause confusion? Here's the best I was able to come up with.
May 6th seems to be the date of the original upload. The earliest copy seems to be an upload from the people who bought us the Plandemic movie. Uploaded to their Facebook page May 6th, 10:10 AM.
The version everyone seems to be sharing however, comes from a YouTuber named Dustin Ranem. He appears to be a Christian guy with no other political videos (which makes this one stand out as unusual).
I see only two likely scenarios, the Ranem YouTube account is being used to sanitize the video for a wider audience by the people who created Plandemic. Or Ranem saw the video on Facebook and decided to share it on his account because he sees the Plandemic filmmakers as a credible source.
Though both would account for the very close timing of the posts - only the first scenario would account for the wide distribution of Ranem's upload - as he only has 245 subscribers. While Plandemic's Facebook page has 1.2K subscribers.
I wrote to Dustin to see if he would tell me where he got the clip - I'll let you know if he answers.