Barstool Sports Founder Hits Media After Viral Anti-Lockdown Monologue

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Portnoy expressed the frustration and anger of every rational American. The media didn’t like that.

Barstool Sports Founder Hits Media After Viral Anti-Lockdown Monologue

By May 15, 2020

On Thursday, Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy slammed Forbes for an apparent “incoming hit piece” on the 43-year-old, a day after a video of Portnoy criticizing excessive and indefinite lockdown measures went viral.

“We’re writing up a story on your video and wanted to reach out for comment before we publish,” an apparent email from Forbes reporter Jack Brewster said. “In the story we point out that [Dr. Anthony] Fauci’s comments were slightly more nuanced than your characterization and wanted to make sure to give you a chance to clarify.”

“Was that a question or just clarifying an upcoming hit piece is coming?” Portnoy responded to the email.

On Thursday, the businessman posted a screenshot of the exchange to Twitter, adding the caption, “I got to be honest. This doesn’t seem like fair reporting [Forbes].”

During the monologue, Portnoy questioned Fauci warning against a reopening, claiming it would cause death and destruction.

“What the f*** is going on?” he started the video. “When did this become, ‘flatten the curve’, ‘flatten the curve’, ‘flatten the curve’, to we have to find a cure or everyone is gonna die?”

“Like, [Dr. Anthony] Fauci, seems like a nice enough dude, I was always like, this guy has no agenda …  [He] gets in front of the Senate, he’s like, we’re reopening the country too fast everyone’s dead,” Portnoy said. “Where’d that come from?”

Dr. Fauci, a key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, recently warned opening “too early” — though it’s been weeks since the White House’s “15 Days to Stop the Spread” has lapsed — would lead to “needless suffering and death.”

“If we skip over the checkpoints in the guidelines to: ‘Open America Again,’ then we risk the danger of multiple outbreaks throughout the country,” he said in an email to The New York Times. “This will not only result in needless suffering and death, but would actually set us back on our quest to return to normal.”

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