Kim Iversen, a former reporter for The Hill as well as the co-host of the popular “Rising” online show dished the details on her abrupt departure to Russell Brand, saying that it was all due to a conflict over interviewing Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Iversen, a vocal vaccine critic suddenly left the show after reports that she was being stabbed in the back by her colleagues who derisively branded her as a “conspiracy theorist,” long the top pejorative used to smear those who ask inconvenient questions and dare to hold views that run counter to the official establishment narrative.
Her great offense was speaking at a “Defeat the Mandates” rally in Los Angeles in April as well as tweets such as one from last year in which she wrote, “I can’t believe that after fully vaccinated travelers have been found to be the global spreaders of the omicron variant, we’re STILL talking about forcing people into being vaccinated.”
I can’t believe that after fully vaccinated travelers have been found to be the global spreaders of the omicron variant, we’re STILL talking about forcing people into being vaccinated.
— Kim Iversen (@KimIversenShow) November 28, 2021
With The Hill being an outlet that is as D.C. establishment as it gets, it was inevitable that her naysaying about the jabs would put her on a collision course with management and, according to Iversen, it all came to a head over the Fauci interview that she claimed that she wasn’t allowed to participate in.
In July, she took to Twitter to post the cryptic message, “Why I am no longer on Rising…,” with a link to a video suggesting that she was being censored when it came to certain topics.
Why I am no longer on Rising… https://t.co/sqMk18gw2r
— Kim Iversen (@KimIversenShow) July 29, 2022
On the latest edition of Brand’s YouTube show, the host asked, “Why aren’t you on The Hill no more?”
“Uh, well, I’m not on The Hill because they would not allow me to interview Anthony Fauci,” Iversen answered.
“Why not? You’re good at interviews. Why can’t you interview Anthony Fauci? I’ve heard of him,” Brand said jokingly.
“I’m not really 100% certain exactly how it went down. I don’t know if it was Anthony Fauci’s team that said ‘We don’t wanna be interviewed by that Kim chick’ or if it was The Hill that protected Fauci from me and said, you know, we’re just not gonna even present, um, me to Fauci thinking that then the Fauci team would maybe back out or maybe I would ask too difficult of questions and put him on the spot, or I’m not 100% certain,” she said.
(Video: YouTube/Russell Brand)
“All I know is that when I found out Fauci was going to be interviewed by Rising the show that I was on and on the topic, of course, you know, Fauci being about COVID, the pandemic, talking about the very subject that I’d been covering at length on The Hill,” she continued. “When I found out he was gonna be on, I of course got excited, thought I was gonna be part of that interview…”
“Then the producers called me the night before and said, ‘Well, we didn’t present your name to the Fauci team. Um, when they asked, we told them it was these other hosts that are gonna be interviewing and not you.’ And then I told them, ‘That’s unacceptable,’” she said, adding that she pushed back on the producers that not having her viewpoint represented – even if it was controversial – could put the trust of the audience in jeopardy.
“So when they held me back from the Fauci interview and called me the morning of — after discussing with me the night before, they then called me the morning of, and said, ‘We haven’t changed our mind. We’re not gonna go to the Fauci team and tell them you’re a part of the interview,’” she said.
Iversen concluded, “I don’t know why they would need to tell them anyway, quite frankly, um, they should have just had me pop up in the interview and interview the guy, but they instead ran interference. And that was — that unfortunately, I could no longer stick around when I had promised the audience that I was not gonna be held back, censored or limited.”
She took to Twitter after the fawning Fauci interview was released, “I wanted to be a part of this interview. It’s a shame I wasn’t able to be there to get the answers we all deserve.”
I wanted to be a part of this interview. It’s a shame I wasn’t able to be there to get the answers we all deserve. https://t.co/0cKubOx8Yx
— Kim Iversen (@KimIversenShow) July 26, 2022
During his two and a half years of superstardom, the elfin career bureaucrat has been handled with kid gloves during his endless series of softball interviews by the media, a grave disservice to the American people who have suffered immensely as a result of his flip-flopping and terrible advice as President Biden’s top medical adviser and national face of the COVID pandemic response.
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