Playing Politics with the CDC Weekly Report

For months, White House communications aides have meddled in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report—a cornerstone of national public health authored by scientists.
Political appointees have demanded to review language and attempted to delay, stop, or change reports that don't align with President Trump’s narrative around the pandemic, POLITICO first reported.  
William Schaffner, who sits on the report's editorial board, was “aghast” at the interference, USA Today reports
Among the requests: to stop press on a report exploring how doctors were prescribing hydroxychloroquine.
In some cases, the CDC has compromised on the wording.
Health and Human Services spokesperson Michael Caputo said the CDC is “free to reject” their suggestions and usually does.
“But in an election year, and in the time of covid-19,” the report’s function “is no longer unanimously scientific. There’s political content,” The Washington Post reports

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