Fox Nation host Lara Logan showed no remorse and instead doubled down after prominent Jewish groups denounced her comparison of Dr. Anthony Fauci to Nazi doctor Josef Mengele earlier this week.
On Tuesday, Logan sprayed Twitter with links to conspiracy theories about the White House chief medical adviser, including articles that falsely claimed that HIV does not cause AIDS.
She also retweeted a user with one follower who wrote: “Shame on the Auschwitz Museum for shaming Lara Logan for sharing that Jews like me believe Fauci is a modern day Mengele.”
After this, the Auschwitz Museum said that Logan had blocked them on Twitter.
It followed backlash to Logan’s comments Monday night during an appearance on Fox News. In a spiel decrying pandemic restrictions and concerns about the omicron variant of COVID-19, Logan had claimed that many unnamed “people” were saying that he “doesn’t represent science to them, he represents Josef Mengele,” a Nazi who conducted sick and deadly experiments on Jewish Auschwitz prisoners, including young children, during World War II.
Among the critics over the remarks was the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and Memorial in Poland, which slammed Logan for exploiting the tragedy of death camp victims in a debate about vaccines and “people who fight for saving human lives.”
Fox News did not respond to requests for comment about Logan’s initial remarks or her subsequent tweet spree.
“It’s not surprising that neither Logan or Fox News have apologized for the incredibly offensive remarks Logan made on a program earlier this week comparing Dr. Fauci to Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele,” an Anti-Defamation League spokesperson told CNN Business in a statement.
The spokesperson said it was equally disturbing that Logan would double down.
“Make no mistake, these odious comparisons only serve to trivialize and distort the meaning and memory of the Holocaust,” the statement said.
The American Jewish Committee had called on Logan to apologize after her Monday comments. On Wednesday, the group’s director for combating anti-Semitism, Holly Huffnagle, renewed that call in a statement to CNN Business.
“Holocaust distortion is an attack on Jewish identity and memory, and Logan should apologize immediately,” she said. “We also call on her employer Fox to voice their disapproval of her statements. Their silence has been deafening.”
Logan was formerly a star correspondent at CBS News’ “60 Minutes.” She was forced to take a leave of absence after her erroneous reporting on the 2012 Benghazi attack, and ultimately left CBS in 2018. She joined Fox Nation to host “Lara Logan Has No Agenda” in 2020 and has repeatedly flirted with controversy since.
Several media critics wrote commentary this week on Logan’s evolution.
“From respected journalist to trolling opinionist: What happened to Lara Logan?” Poynter senior media writer Tom Jones titled his column about her.
“She has turned into a news version of a shock jock,” he wrote.
Washington Post national correspondent Philip Bump discussed the controversy in a piece called “When once-respected journalists move to the fringe.”