News blew up on Friday that President Trump’s administration was banning the Center for Disease Control and Prevention from using terms like “fetus,” “transgender,” “diversity,” “science-based,” and “diversity-based.” The prohibition was reportedly found in documents pertaining to next year’s budget, and the mainstream media went nuts.
The Washington Post reported the ban as fact, setting off a firestorm of responses. The “ban list” was labeled as “alarming” and “Orwellian,” and it was reported that it applied to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as well.
But now CDC director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald is contradicting the claim. She released the following statement on Facebook Sunday morning:
“I want to assure you there are no banned words at CDC. We will continue to talk about all our important public health programs.
“You may be understandably concerned about recent media reports alleging that CDC is banned from using certain words in budget documents. I want to assure you that CDC remains committed to our public health mission as a science- and evidence-based institution.
“As part of our commitment to provide for the common defense of the country against health threats, science is and will remain the foundation of our work.
“CDC has a long-standing history of making public health and budget decisions that are based on the best available science and data and for the benefit of all people—and we will continue to do so.
“Below is the full HHS statement addressing the media reports.
"’The assertion that HHS has “banned words” is a complete mischaracterization of discussions regarding the budget formulation process. HHS will continue to use the best scientific evidence available to improve the health of all Americans. HHS also strongly encourages the use of outcome and evidence data in program evaluations and budget decisions.’”
The documents that included the “ban list” were related to budget requests, according to the New York Times. Some officials believe they simply caution against the use of certain terms when getting budgets approved by Republican lawmakers. But CNN believes even doing that is awful, calling it part of Trump’s “structural reshaping of the federal bureaucracy and the populace more broadly.”
Democrats are demanding clarification by Jan. 2, The Hill reports.
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