No man personifies the revolving door of government, lobbying, and private industry more than Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former FDA commissioner whose pandemic panic proclamations have helped generate billions of dollars for his many employers, and have made him something of a media celebrity in 2020. Gottlieb, an early prophet of COVID-19 doomsday projections and a longtime proponent of heavy lockdowns that have devastated the U.S. economy and society, is still, somehow, considered a trusted source for the latest information on COVID-19, and has become the media’s conductor of the Big Pharma pandemic panic train.
Dr. Gottlieb is the ultimate coronavirus panic salesman, but his panic serves a great purpose for his benefactors. The former FDA commissioner is the face of major pharmaceutical companies’ push to profit off of the pandemic. Having demonstrated a long track record of fomenting moral panic (he once argued that millions of children would soon die if the U.S. didn’t ban e-cigs, or vaping products) and taking millions of dollars for “advisory” roles in pharmaceutical companies prior to and after his service in the FDA, Gottlieb is the perfect man for the relentless COVID scare campaign.
An incredibly valuable asset, he has used his regular media platform and past credentials to sell the public on his mass testing and vaccine plans, while simultaneously appearing to open up his rolodex behind the scenes to make key government connections for the companies that hire him. Gottlieb, who resigned from his post as FDA Commissioner in April of 2019, has since jumped head first into the COVID-19 treasure chest.
Since coronavirus mania began in the United States at the beginning of this year, Gottlieb has been a mainstay on television and in major print publications. From his almost daily CNBC “Squawk Box” appearances and regular CBS “Face The Nation” hits, in addition to his weekly opinion pieces in the Wall Street Journal (which regularly act as free PR for his companies), the message is always the same: more panic, more fear, more testing, and by the way, a vaccine is needed to return to the “new normal,” which will still require lots and lots of testing…Continue Reading