RedState COVID Fauci staffer, Anonymous RedState Editor Who Attacked Dr. Fauci.
Through a bit of remarkable reporting by Lachlan Markay, The Daily Beast has revealed the mysterious life of William B. Crews. Known professionally as an official for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the public health agency overseen by Dr. Anthony Fauci, he is also the anonymous managing editor of pro-Trump website Red State. Known there by the pen name “streiff,” he has written a series of harangues attacking Dr. Fauci and the “deep state” over the pandemic response.
For the blissfully uninitiated, Redstate holds sway in conservative circles, including with members of Congress and their staffers on the Hill. So a well-regarded website dedicating numerous posts designed to undermine the nation’s top immunologist, anonymously written by an anonymous individual who works for Dr. Fauci? That’s a big deal.
That’s right. This guy works professionally for the NIAID under Dr. Fauci, charged with promoting sound advice from medical and public health experts. But he also moonlights as an anonymous troll that actively publishes disinformation that, as Markay writes, “his superiors at the NIAID say is a major challenge to widespread efforts to control a pandemic that has claimed roughly 200,000 U.S. lives.”