Staffed in part by associates of a longtime GOP operative, the ad campaign includes CeCe Winans, Dennis Quaid and others pushing an optimistic line about coronavirus.
Dan DiamondEXCLUSIVE: Trump’s $300M-plus ad blitz to “defeat despair” on coronavirus involves celebrities like Dennis Quaid — and contractors who are business associates of a top political appointee.
In this Viewpoint, 3 former editors of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) respond to reports that political appointees have altered the timing and/or language of the publication to influence perceptions of the COVID-19 pandemic and...
Dan DiamondThree former editors-in-chief of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports decry political interference in the vaunted scientific bulletins.
"[E]ven the perception that MMWR reports could be delayed or altered for political purposes is damaging.”
The move leaves Health Secretary Alex Azar with more control over his department, which has been rocked by personnel scandals in recent weeks.
Dan DiamondCatherine Granito, the top White House liaison in recent months — overseeing HHS personnel — had been a University of Michigan senior when pandemic started this spring.
She has now moved to the agency running VOA, joining former liaison Emily Newman.
Dan DiamondSCOOP: The health department’s two White House liaisons are *out* after a series of recent HHS personnel problems.
The White House and the pharmaceutical industry were nearing a major deal to lower drug prices. Then the administration demanded that $100 cash cards be sent to millions of seniors before the election — and the industry balked.
Dan Diamond“Drugmakers bridled at being party to what they feared would be seen as an 11th-hour political boost for Mr. Trump.” Fascinating @jmartNYT@maggieNYT piece on how a drug price deal blew up.
Progress on global health and the economy has regressed, Gates Foundation report finds.
Dan DiamondGates Foundation report:
— Vaccination coverage is dropping to 1990s-era levels
— Nearly 37M more people globally are now living on less than $1.90 per day
Gates: “We’ve been set back about 25 years in about 25 weeks.”
Shocking stuff from @carmenpaun.
Emails obtained by POLITICO show a top aide at the department dictating what the nation's top infections disease expert should say during media interviews.
Dan DiamondThe HHS adviser (and ally of Michael Caputo) who’s trying to tell Tony Fauci what to say — including yesterday, when he tried to stop Fauci from encouraging children to wear masks.
politico.com/news/2020/09/0… Big @owermohle scoop.
George W. Bush dished on his father's campaign, with the understanding that he'd later have to deny it. Such arrangements have long been part and parcel not just of journalism, but of politics.
Dan DiamondYears ago, an anonymous source gave @TomDeFrank incredible insights on the presidential election — but warned DeFrank that when the story came out, he’d have to publicly deny it as “total bullshit.”
That source? George W. Bush.