Adam Andrzejewski, journalist banned for doing good
The new dark age of silencing: Adam Andrzejewski, a long time journalist for Forbes magazine, was fired when the magazine was pressured by NIH to stop him from documenting accurately the large income that Anthony Fauci and his wife derived from their government jobs.
As Andrzejewski concludes in outlining his blackballing by Forbes:
Two directors, two bureau chiefs, and two top PR officers [from NIH] didn’t send an email to the Forbes’ chief on a Sunday morning because they wanted to correct the record about Fauci’s travel reimbursements. They sent that email to subliminally send a message: We don’t like Andrzejewski’s oversight work, and we want you to do something about it.
Unfortunately, Forbes folded quickly. Within 24 hours of the NIH email to Randall Lane, my regular Forbes editor called and announced new rules. Forbes barred me from writing about Fauci and mandated pre-approval for all future topics.
Then, Forbes went silent and terminated my column roughly 10 days later on January 28.
On the day Forbes cancelled me, the editors bent the knee. A new piece on Fauci published: “Fauci’s Portrait Will Soon Hang In The Smithsonian.”
The shameful part of this story was the way a news organization took the side of government agents, rather than their own journalist. The press is not supposed to be a state-run organization, but a free press intent on uncovering government malfeasance. The people who run Forbes apparently don’t understand this, and are quite willing to become panting toadies to the federal government.
Andrzejewski however understands his role as a journalist far better. In 2011 he founded Open The Books, a non-profit focused on documenting government spending precisely, at all levels from the smallest school district to the largest agency in the federal government. To do this the organization has filed almost 50,000 Freedom of Information requests. As he noted at the link above,
Over this nearly eight year period, my articles were a-political and used hard data to fact-check Republicans, Democrats, and unelected bureaucrats. Since 2019, I published 112 articles for 13,031,558 views – an average of 116,353 views per investigation.
Here are three examples of our original reporting:
- The Biden Administration left behind up to 600,000 weapons, 75,000 military vehicles and 16,000 night vision devices in their hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan.
- No, President Donald Trump didn’t drain the swamp – the swamp grew by 50,000 executive agency positions during his four years.
- In 2004, Dr. Fauci received a permanent pay adjustment for his biodefense work. In other words, Fauci was the top-paid federal employee precisely because he was paid to stop a pandemic.
It was Andrezejewsk’s work with Open the Books that revealed to the world the ungodly amount of money Fauci was raking in for his generally useless and sometimes dishonest work as head of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases at the NIH. All told, the Fauci family income in 2020 exceeded $1.7 million, and that did not include the money Fauci got from McGraw-Hill for being an editor and board member there.
For most Americans, struggling in these hard times because of Wuhan flu lockdowns, mandates, and the incompetence of the federal government, these numbers sound truly obscene. Even as recently as four days ago Fauci continued to demand the need for lockdowns and restrictions, even as he takes in millions in cash and lives the high life in Washington, often ignoring his own recommendations.
Fauci did not like these facts revealed. Neither did the corrupt NIH, which immediately acted to get Andrezejewski blackballed.
Fortunately, there are now alternatives to sycophant news outlets like Forbes, such as Andrezejewski’s own substack feed which he used to unveil these flunkies at Forbes’. His story needs to be spread far and wide in the alternative press, so that this alternative press can replace the corrupt mainstream press that is no longer doing its job.
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