Lara Logan has been dropped by United Talent Agency over her November remarks comparing Dr Anthony Fauci to the Nazi ‘Angel of Death’, Josef Mengele.
Seth Oster, chief communications officer for UTA, confirmed to Mediaite that the agency cut ties with Logan several weeks ago.
Logan was let go over her ‘highly offensive’ and ‘unacceptable’ comments, which sparked outrage within the agency, a source told Mediaite.
South African-born Logan, 50, angered many with her November 29 appearance on Fox News, with the conservative network now scrubbing her from its broadcasts.
And last week, she told a podcaster that she doesn’t know whether her relationship with the Murdoch-owned media giant even remains intact.
Host Pete Hegseth, a known critic of coronavirus vaccine mandates and masking policies, accused the Biden administration of overhyping Omicron.
‘There’s no justification for putting people out of there jobs or forcing mandates for a disease that’s ultimately very treatable, it’s cheap to treat, medicines are available all over the world, and it has death rates that compare very much to seasonal flu,’ said Logan.
‘In that moment, what you see on Dr Fauci, what people say to me, is that he doesn’t represent science to them.
‘He represents Josef Mengele – the Nazi doctor who did experiments on Jews during the Second World War and in the concentration camps.’
Logan added: ‘I’m talking about people all across the world who are saying this.’
Fox Nation presenter Lara Logan sparked a firestorm on November 29 when she compared Dr Anthony Fauci to the Nazi doctor Josef Mengele
‘This is what people say to me, that he doesn’t represent science to them. He represents Joseph Mengele,’ Logan said of Dr Fauci. Mengele, dubbed the ‘Angel of Death,’ was a doctor at the Auschwitz death camp in occupied Poland who performed hideous experiments on prisoners
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JOSEF MENGELE, THE ‘ANGEL OF DEATH’
Josef Mengele had a doctorate in medicine from Frankfurt University, but used his knowledge in a sickening manner at the Auschwitz concentration camp, where he performed experiments as an SS physician from 1943 to 1945.
Although prisoners transferred to his wing to be studied escaped the gas chambers and were well fed, they often ultimately met an even more painful death.
Mengele regularly performed surgery without anaesthetic and would obtain bodies to work on simply by injecting chloroform into inmates’ hearts while they slept, which would kill them in seconds.
He was most interested in heredity and once tried to change the colour of children’s eyes by injecting chemicals directly into them.
Twins held a particular fascination for him and it’s estimated that he examined around 3,000 – but only 100 pairs survived.
Pregnant women were also singled out. He was known to have performed vivisections on them before consigning them to the death chambers.
The so-called Angel of Death was on the Allied commanders’ most-wanted list from 1944, but he escaped to South America and was never found, despite the best efforts of private investigators and the Israeli secret service, Mossad.
The comments prompted immediate backlash from the Anti-Defamation League and American Jewish Committee – both demanding apologies from the firebrand journalist.
Fox has remained silent amid the controversy, while Logan stood by her comments, going as far as to encourage attacks on the Auschwitz Museum for condemning her Nazi analogy.
Logan was previously a widely-respected journalist who joined CBS News in 2002, winning praise for her coverage in war zones including Afghanistan and Iraq.
Logan also used to serve as a reporter for CBS News’ 60 Minutes, and was chief foreign correspondent and later chief foreign affairs correspondent for their news division until 2018.
In 2011, she was beaten and sexually assaulted by a mob while on assignment in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
Logan left CBS News after her tenure at the network was marred by a faulty report about the 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya — a story that was retracted, and for which she apologized.
In November 2019 Fox announced that she would from January 2020 produce 16 investigative episodes of a new show, Lara Logan Has No Agenda, focused on four subjects: media bias, immigration, socialism and veterans.
Her episodes have not aired since her remarks about Fauci, but on Monday she tweeted once again a link to the second episode of a story about Nigeria – a show she has been promoting since December.
Logan on January 3 said she did not know whether she would ever work for Fox again.
She was paid by the production company for her show, rather than employed directly by Fox, and admitted she appeared for free on Fox’s news channels to raise her profile and promote her work.
‘Are you still with Fox, or what’s going on?’ asked podcast host Ivory Hecker – who in June was fired by Fox 26 Houston for disclosing, on air, information about behind-the-scenes discussions, and then leaking them to Project Veritas.
Logan replied: ‘Well, you know, I don’t know at this point how that’s going to turn out.’
Asked why her Twitter bio still states that she is the host of a Fox Nation show, Logan said that she was not good at updating her profile, but would when the situation was clearer.
She has not commented on being dropped by her agent.
Her comments were described as ‘disgraceful’ by Fauci, who said they were ‘slanderous’.
Fauci said at the time that it was an ‘absolutely preposterous and disgusting comparison that she makes.’
Logan is seen with Ivory Hecker on a January 3 podcast, in which Logan admitted she did not know if she was still working with Fox
Fauci criticized Logan for her comments comparing him to an infamous Nazi war criminal, calling the conservative journalist’s comparison ‘slanderous’ and ‘disgusting’
He added: ‘It’s an insult to all of the people who suffered and died under the Nazi regime in the concentration camps.
‘I mean, it’s unconscionable what she said.’
The 80-year-old veteran public health expert added: ‘What I find striking is how she gets no discipline whatsoever from the Fox network.
‘How they can let her say that with no comment and no disciplinary action? I’m astounded by that!’
Fauci also took issue with Logan’s claims that the death rate for COVID-19 is comparable to that of a seasonal flu.
‘Forget about the fact that she was being totally slanderous to me and, as usual, had no idea what she was talking about.
‘Saying that it’s as benign as flu. When did influenza kill 770,000 Americans?’
Fauci added: ‘So not only is she being slanderous and disrespectful to so many people who were killed in the concentration camps by Dr Mengele, but she absolutely has no idea what she’s talking about.
‘She’s completely incorrect in everything she says.’
Conservative critics have repeatedly lashed Fauci over COVID
Donald Trump: ‘People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots, these people, these people that have gotten it wrong. Fauci is a nice guy, he’s been here for 500 years, he called every one of them wrong. Every time he goes on television there’s always a bomb. But there is a bigger bomb if you fire him. But Fauci is a disaster. I mean, this guy, if I listened to him, we would have 500,000 deaths.’
Anthony Fauci: ‘Addressing the virus is the only thing I really care about. That other stuff, it’s like in ‘The Godfather’: Nothing personal, strictly business as far as I’m concerned. I just want to do my job and take care of the people of this country.’
Senator Rand Paul: ‘It’s a felony punishable by five years in jail. I don’t think Biden Department of Justice will do anything with it, but … it is very dangerous to have public officials who we need to have trust incoming and lying to us. But he has lied dozens of times. Usually, he tells us it’s for our own good.’
Anthony Fauci: ‘I’m not obfuscating the truth – you are. You are implying that what we did was responsible for the deaths of individuals. I totally resent that. And if anybody is lying here senator, it is you.’
Senator Ted Cruz: ‘In May, Dr. Fauci said, ‘The NIH has not ever and does not now, fund gain-of-function research. But early this month, the NIH contradicted that. It’s a crime to knowingly lie to Congress, so I asked AG Garland if he’d appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Fauci.’
Anthony Fauci: ‘I have to laugh at that. I should be prosecuted? What happened on January 6, senator?’
Donald Trump Jr: ”Anything that could help more people get vaccinated would be welcome.’ So what then, force people at gunpoint? Don’t allow them to work or get food for their families? This man is a tyrant and a threat to whatever freedom we have left.’
Anthony Fauci: ‘It’s on the table, and we consider it, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.’
Anthony Fauci: My financial disclosures are public knowledge, and have been so. You are getting amazingly wrong information.
Senator Roger Marshall: So, what – I cannot find them. Our office cannot find them. Where would they be, if they’re public knowledge?
Fauci: It is totally accessible to you, if you want it.
Marshall: For the public? Is that accessible to the public?
Fauci: To the public. (off mic: ‘What a moron. Jesus Christ.’)