EXCLUSIVE: Trump appointees interfered with CDC’s weekly reports on Covid-19 — and even tried to halt the reports altogether.
Bombshell reporting. This is propaganda over science. It is immoral, dangerous, and must be considered un-American.
This is completely bonkers 🔥🤡🚗 Trump officials have been blocking the release of or demanding edits to MMWR, CDC’s weekly epidemiology reports
The is one of the leading public health journals in the world. Because it is published by the , the Trump administration thinks it should be able to censor international researchers who publish there to promote its political agenda.
HHS spokesperson Caputo and his aides have targeted the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports — a pillar of U.S. medical research — arguing that scientists are intentionally trying to undermine Trump’s message.
Adding to the list of egregious anti-science pandemic actions, we now learn that since April the censored and hijacked the MMWR reports that keep the medical community abreast
MMWR is an essential way CDC communicates w/ world. A former campaign official & his team interfered for months to change its recommendations. Terrible new low for science in US. Leave CDC alone, let them use their expertise to help control this pandemic
“since Michael Caputo, a former Trump campaign official with no medical or scientific background, was installed in April as the health department's new spokesperson, there have been substantial efforts to align the reports with Trump's statements”
SCOOP: Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19, emails show
Political aides rewriting scientific guidance has been an ongoing problem in the #Covid19 pandemic. Plenty of instances are known. reports the corrupting of science has reached into MMWR, a CDC scientific journal.
The CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report is bread and butter for healthcare folks - a dependable scientific staple to keep current on health topics like emerging diseases. Administrations have come & gone and no one messed with the MMWR... until now
It remains unthinkable to me that during a global pandemic that has so severely impacted the United States, we hear so little from the CDC. The expertise is there. Let the scientists speak.
“⁦⁩ officials have fought back against the most sweeping changes, but have increasingly agreed to allow political officials to review the reports &, in a few cases, compromised on the wording, according to three people familiar with exchanges”
🚨BREAKING: Michael Caputo & other Trump appointees interfered with ’s weekly reports on #COVID19—and even tried to halt the reports—in an attempt to intimidate scientists to favor Trump’s dangerous views on #coronavirus.🤬 #TrumpVirus #TrumpKnew
BREAKING: The health department’s politically appointed communications aides have demanded the right to review and seek changes to the CDC’s weekly scientific reports charting the progress of the coronavirus pandemic
Wow, now the White House is messing with the ? As mom and apple pie, apolitical, straightforward public health information document there is. I'm so weary of the anti-science coming out of the WH and their mediocre political appointees.
Something that made me mad this morning. Interfering with CDC policy is bad enough. But political interference with science is just unacceptable.
These reports - CDC’s MMRW - have been central to solving some of the biggest public health challenges through history. This interference dismantles the integrity of public health in the United States & is unacceptable. Exclusive by
Downright criminal stuff here. The whole executive branch will need an audit. via
This is what to watch closely: not the president, but the officials and institutions that shirk their own responsibilities to meet his political demands, even, as we see here, when it affects public health
Incredible gaslighting response from Michael Caputo to ’s report that his team is interfering with the CDC’s weekly covid reports
So Wrong. Wrong wrong wrong! “since Michael Caputo [Trump campaign official], was installed in April... there have been substantial efforts to align the [scientific] reports with Trump's...claims...about the outbreak.” These actions cause excess deaths!
This is despicable: “Our intention is to make sure that evidence, science-based data drives policy through this pandemic—not ulterior deep state motives in the bowels of CDC," he said.
In a week of bombshell news about Trump this by ⁦⁩ might be most damning, most important reporting of all. ⁦
Important story: Since arrived at HHS, political appointees have leaned on CDC officials to align coronavirus reports and findings with Trump's public message, reports >>>
Trump officials have been interfering with the CDC's reports on Covid-19. One political appointee, Paul Alexander, demanded an “immediate stop” to them until he could personally review the entire report before publication.
"In one clash, an aide to Caputo berated CDC scientists for attempting ...to 'hurt the President' in an Aug. 8 email sent to CDC Director Robert Redfield...'CDC to me appears to be writing hit pieces on the administration,' appointee Paul Alexander wrote"
WHAT. NO. No no no no no NO. Political appointees have been revising CDC's reports on COVID-19 in the MMWR. A lot of outrageous things have come out this week, but this could well be the worst. IT'S SCIENCE. IT'S PUBLIC HEALTH YOU MONSTERS. via
The health department’s Trump-appointed communications aides have demanded the right to review and seek changes to the CDC’s weekly scientific reports on coronavirus, in what officials characterized as an attempt to intimidate the authors. via
Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19 via
Having worked for several years at CDC, this story is heartbreaking. CDC is an agency w/ science at its core & the MMWR is meant to be a bedrock of scientific integrity & public health import. It is in Atlanta BECAUSE it was meant to be outside DC politics
Caputo, the HHS spokesperson, worked for Oliver North, moved to Russia in 1994, worked for Yeltsin and in 2000 worked for Gazprom Media on improving the image of Vladimir Putin in the US. From Wikipedia bio. Now, he reviews and modifies MMWR reports.
CDC "deep state buried within the bowels" trying to "hurt the President" with their reports? So says the newly-installed political appointment at the HHS.
I’ve been getting the MMWR since the 1980s, through R and D administrations. Have never even imagined it could be deemed political.
Political appointees move to silence reports, the weekly lifeline from a barely functioning institution and the cornerstone of public health reporting in the US Selection of reports that have been essential to understanding the US epidemic 👇🏻
Public Health cannot do its job with this kind of political interference. We are in a dark place and this has cost lives. “Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19”
Astonishing that the following needs to be said: Scientific reports by health professionals at our nation’s leading public health agency should not be reviewed or altered by political operatives.
Political appointees trying to interfere in the COVID-19 response and suppress public health officials should be removed from their posts. Immediately.
NEW: We were right to be suspicious when reporting moved from the CDC to HHS. Michael Caputo and his team demanded and received the right to review the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports, and align data to match Trump's rhetoric.
WE KNEW IT! The trump admin has interfered with the truthful reports of the CDC in order to lessen the severity of the COVID-19 reality. THEY'RE TRYING TO KILL US.
“Emails from communications aides to CDC Director Robert Redfield and other senior officials openly complained that the agency’s reports would undermine President Donald Trump's optimistic messages about the outbreak”
"Emails from communications aides to CDC Director Robert Redfield and other senior officials openly complained that the agency’s reports would undermine President Donald Trump's optimistic messages about the outbreak."
You can’t commit genocide without accomplices: Trump put Putin’s former media consultant Michael Caputo in charge of doctoring CDC reports on #Covid19 to reflect Trump’s political goals, even as the virus spread and the death toll grew. #TrumpKnew
Let’s not forget folks, Michael Caputo is a Trump loyalist, w/NO health policy background, longtime Roger Stone buddy w/his own questionable ties to Russia🤨 He was put in HHS to do exactly this!🤬 Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19
Why else would Donald Trump hire a Roger Stone protege as ⁦⁩? Michael Caputo was a registered PR flack for Putin's Gazprom 🇷🇺. He's fighting a war against scientific fact inside the highest levels of America's #coronavirus response.
Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19 via
“The health department’s politically appointed communications aides have demanded the right to review and seek changes to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly scientific reports charting the progress of the coronavirus pandemic...”
Caputo has worked on GOP campaigns since the 80s, and for a Russian state-owned energy company He's a Trump loyalist, who spread intentionally conspiracy theories. He is not a qualified medical professional, he's a Russian asset.
Michael Caputo and his team, under Trump's orders, attempted to add caveats to the CDC's findings and tried to retroactively change agency reports that they said "wrongly inflated" the risks of Covid-19... #TrumpKnewAndTriedToHideIt #EvictTheMurderer
Truly appalling. Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19 via
But ever since Michael Caputo, an ex-Trump campaign official with no medical or scientific background, became the health department's new spokesperson, there have been efforts to align these reports with Trump's statements or stop them altogether.
"Caputo also said that HHS was appropriately reviewing the CDC's reports. 'Our intention is to make sure that evidence, science-based data drives policy through this pandemic—not ulterior deep state motives in the bowels of CDC,' he said."
This is so disgusting. Caputo is there solely for politics, and he’s hiring even worse people than him. It’s like they’re upset DHS and DOJ have been getting so much attention, so they had to go ruin something else.
Political interference in CDC's work continues to damage the effectiveness of the US response and erode credibility. Grim.
.⁦⁩ has absolutely crushed the Trump/Covid beat: “[E]mails from communications aides to CDC Director Robert Redfield and other senior officials openly complained that the agency’s reports would undermine Trump’s optimistic messages ...”
.⁦⁩ throws ⁦⁩ and independent science under the bus. You have failed as a leader and should resign. Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19
5/ When breaking news arrived from POLITICO in the last 48 hours that Caputo, now at DHHS, had been doctoring CDC reports to dovetail Trump's (and Putin's) lies on COVID-19—and that the doctoring was killing Americans—I referenced my old feud with Caputo.
"The communications aides’ efforts to change the language in the CDC’s reports have been constant across the summer and continued as recently as Friday afternoon." via
Are you advising the President that political interference with the is unacceptable, and that we can't be driven by the science if we're suppressing the scientists?
In 1981, the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports introduced the world to HIV. In 2020, some MMWRs on COVID can’t even get out the door.
Trump administration borrowing a page straight from the Stalinist "Lysenkoism" () playbook:
A political appointee demanded the opportunity to review CDC reports on the coronavirus and “tweak it to ensure it is fair and balanced,” reports
Well, this will keep Trump’s obfuscation on COVID-19 in the news cycle
Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19
This excellent ⁦⁩ piece by ⁦⁩ has me scared shitless as a health services researcher, as a scientist, as a voter, and as a human who wants to live through this pandemic.
This is not how you do science. It’s how you do propaganda "Nothing to go out unless I read and agree with the findings how they CDC, wrote it and I tweak it to ensure it is fair and balanced and 'complete.'"
In this administration Justice is no longer just, Intelligence is no longer intelligent, Homeland Security fosters insecurity, and isn't allowed to control disease. Total corruption and debasement. #epitwitter
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Political interference of CDC MMWR reports. Really? Interference and delay with US #covid19 treatment guidelines before ( -> why NIH Treatment guidelines are not U.S. DHHS guidelines), now this. Ugh.
While this is the first I’ve heard of direct interference from the WH, this has always been a problem. All proposed scientific publications are reviewed with a political lens by CDC leadership. Try being a reproductive epidemiologist in this climate.
Public health and politics are separate entities, and we must do EVERYTHING we can to preserve this. Science is science. This political interference is 100% IN OPPOSITION of what makes America great. Please, leave #MMWR out of this. via
This 😢!! Healthcare professionals all over the world have relied on the CDC. Trust built over decades destroyed, good scientists betrayed by administrators and poor leadership
Messing with the MMWR leaves public health rudderless. Dangerously unacceptable. via
This is terrifying.
Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19
The #MMWR, the 's science weekly report, must not be undermined by political interests to downplay #COVID19. This publication saves lives and its integrity must not be compromised.
Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19
Not normal. Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19 via
It is alleged that Caputo & his team sought to have reports revised, among other things because they ‘should have made clear that Americans sickened by the virus may have been infected because of their own behavior...’ via
"This is how tyranny works: the truth tellers are banished as the sycophants huddle close." (#OurMalady, p. 91)
Trump appointees have been seeking to alter the weekly scientific reports on Covid-19 issued by the CDC before the election. But they can't hide almost 200,000 American deaths so far, and the 10s of thousands who'd still be alive if not for Trump.
Michael Caputo and his staff tried to retroactively edit CDC reports to reconcile them with Trump rhetoric?!
"Mr. Trump's behaviors followed the authoritarian pattern: denial of reality, [...] the harassment of reporters, the transformation of a problem he caused into a loyalty test for others, the cultivation of fear as a political resource." (#OurMalady p. 99)
"Not wanting to know means asking for oppression. Not wanting to know about disease means asking politicians (...) to manipulate you with the emotions that accompany mass death." (#OurMalady, p. 90)
This is just beyond the pale. should resign now. It’s inexcusable bullshit. is a coward who has destroyed ’s reputation in 8 months. Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19.” via
So this is thuggery, suitable for some tinpot dictatorship, where the great leader wants the science to say what he wants it to say. is a public health menace. #COVID19
Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19.
As often happens, this is the sort of thing the anti-choice movement pioneered, teaching the Republican party generally how to distort medical science for political gain.
Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19: The politically appointed HHS spokesperson and his team demanded and received the right to review CDC’s scientific reports to health professionals. via ⁦
Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19
Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19. (And, perhaps, continue to do so.)
The is a national treasure. It's what we all rely on for the latest reports on our public health. , & have done incalculable damage by sticking their snouts into what is a scientific, not political publication.
Dear colleagues: No, I don’t know Paul Alexander who has a “part time” (ie adjunct) appointment @ McMaster U Yes, I think the behaviour described in this article sounds thuggish, unacceptable, and inappropriate
I've relied on the MMWR reports for years for their high-quality data on health. For Trump officials to interfere with them to "protect" the lies being told by Trump is an abomination.
Make no mistake: We are watching the Trump administration muzzle the CDC
We should not be surprised that this admin has directly interfered w data/scientific communication. We’ve known this, though this case is egregious. We should be disturbed that ⁦CDC does not have the leaders to stand up to this dangerous manipulation
. thinks he's a tough political operator who gets things done. Well, getting things "done," in this context is endangering lives. In any other time/place, he'd be out of job, but this thuggery is what is about. #standupforscience
This is appallingly bad: Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on #Covid19 via
This is bad. Details of political interference w/ CDC science... Trump campaign insider turned HHS spokesperson & his recent scientific advisee (asst. prof. of health sciences at McMaster) undermining Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report for months.
If you wake in the middle of the night and wish to read yourself back to sleep then this horror story ain’t it Fantastic reporting by
It’s unfathomable to me to think these political appointees interfered (or thought they were remotely qualified to) with CDC’s MMWR. Imagine if they would have done this in 1981 when the MMWR announced the 1st diagnosed AIDS cases & provided vital info
Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19 via
Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on #Covid19. The politically appointed HHS spokesperson and his team demanded and received the right to review scientific reports to health professionals, by via
CDC credibility: built over decades, lost in days. "CDC officials have... increasingly agreed to allow the political officials to review the reports and, in a few cases, [change] the wording [in] the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports.”
Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19
So, is this enough to justify someone in the scientific and medical publishing community to write an editorial with some bite? via
Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19
Hey : Are you down w/ having one of your own faculty hired to meddle with government #COVID19 data reports from another country? Inquiring minds want to know. Trump officials interfered with reports on Covid-19 via
Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19 via
4/ Source: , "Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19." Politico, September 11, 2020.
This report by shows just how deeply political interference is undermining and the national COVID response | Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19 via
Trump officials interfered with reports on Covid-19 via
It’s appalling that the top public affairs official at HHS tried to do this. First CDC, then FDA and now HHS. No one should have any confidence whatsoever in what this administration says about the pandemic. Ever.
Months into this thing, the effort to shoehorn public health into politics is only intensifying. So yes FDA and CDC failed, but they were set up to failure by the WH and leaders that were more concerned about politics than the science and public health.
#PolitVirus: #Trump officials interfered with and tried to stop #CDC reports on #Covid19 “including an effort to retroactively change agency reports that they said wrongly inflated the risks of Covid-19” via
And the CDC briefs?
Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19
Disgraceful. “Caputo and his team have attempted to add caveats to the CDC's findings, including an effort to retroactively change agency reports...and to make clear that Americans sickened by the virus may have been infected because of their own behavior”
Trump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19
Clear evidence of political interference in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports to line them up with what the Trump is saying about #COVID-19 "CDC officials have fought the efforts to retroactively change reports" but are losing the battle