Google Can’t Cover for Fauci Forever—But It’s Trying

People are split in their feelings towards Dr. Anthony Fauci. Some people think the octogenarian director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases is a calm voice of reason and a wellspring of scientific knowledge during the COVID pandemic. Others think he’s a camera-hungry, flip-flopping glory hound. It all depends who you ask. 

Unless you ask Google, that is. 

The world’s largest search engine, and our reigning internet overlord—well, one of them, at least—has gone into censorious overdrive in trying to shield “America’s doctor” from criticism about his agency’s taxpayer-funded animal experiments, even when that criticism is 100 percent factual, and comes from his agency’s own paperwork.  

Our taxpayer watchdog, White Coat Waste Project, recently discovered through Freedom of Information Act requests that the good doctor is funding some not-so-good experiments on innocent dogs, and wasting a lot of taxpayer money in the process. 

Among its many other painful and cruel animal experiments, NIAID is currently spending hundreds of thousands of dollars for beagles to be tortured, both domestically and internationally. These poor dogs—picked for lab experiments because of their sweet, docile nature—are presented as a feast for biting, infectious sand flies, which are strapped to their bodies in order to guarantee they will feed on the helpless beagles. Records obtained by WCW reveal that the dogs were “vocalizing in pain” during the experiment. In other recently exposed Fauci-funded tests, beagle puppies had their vocal cords cut out and were force fed and injected with an experimental drug, even though the Food and Drug Administration states that it doesn’t require testing on dogs. 

Because taxpayers have a right to know how their money is being spent—or misspent—we wanted to spread the word, and purchased several ads on Google about this beagle boondoggle. 

Sunlight is the best disinfectant, but apparently, Google wants to keep Fauci and NIAID’s work deep in the shadows. Our ads were blocked, with no reason given. Then, perhaps because any hint of Fauci apostasy is utterly unforgivable in Silicon Valley, Google indefinitely suspended our advertising account. Once again, no reason was given, a decision that journalist Zaid Jilani called “opaque,” and “trouble[some]…not only [for] advocates of free speech but also advocates for a competitive marketplace.”

We weren’t spreading misinformation, disinformation, or even “alternate facts.” The information obtained is genuine, accurate, and comes directly from NIAID itself. So why has Google suspended us, with no further opportunity for review? 

This isn’t the first time Google has insulated Fauci from scrutiny over troublesome animal testing. The company was already busted for suppressing search results about dangerous coronavirus experiments on animals in Wuhan that were funded by Fauci, and which many experts in the scientific and intelligence communities—and a majority of Americans—believe caused the pandemic via a lab leak. 

Sadly, instead of providing a neutral public square for information and discussion, Google (and its de facto monopoly on internet advertisements) are running interference for the nation’s highest-paid government employee, and shielding taxpayers from accurate information about how the government is wasting their money to abuse animals in disturbing, dangerous, and unnecessary experiments. Frankly, that’s un-American.

About Devin Murphy

Devin Murphy is Public Policy and Communications Manager at White Coat Waste.

Photo: Dirk Godder/picture alliance via Getty Images

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